Western Kyoto

In this post, I will write about Arashiyama District in the western part of Kyoto. I am pretty sure most of you saw the pictures of the bamboo grove. It was taken here. Arashiyama is a charming place, where you can spend the whole day. There are many temples around and a monkey park. It takes 30 minutes minimum to get there, so it is a good idea to make it a separate trip from the other parts of Kyoto.

Monkey Park Iwatayama

Monkey park was one of the places I wanted to see while in Japan. The park is located on a mountainside. And it takes only around 20 minutes to hike up the hill. On top, you can see a lot of Japanese macaques – snow monkeys. I am pretty sure you might have seen them on postcards, where they chill out in hot springs during winter. Yup, that’s those monkeys. They roam freely in the park. But they are not domesticated. Many signs are saying that you should not stare at them or feed them as they might attack. There is a special hut, where visitors can go into and buy some peanuts or bananas and then feed them to the monkeys through the bars. But it is important to remember that those are wild animals, not pets.

I had so much fun watching them interact with each other that I have spent quite a lot of time in the park.

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