Arashiyama monkey park
Arashiyama monkey park Reviews
monkeys, monkeys every where at arashiyama monkey park Nov 24, 2008
Arashiyama is well known for its shrines, temples, Autumn foliage and its famous landmark Togetsu-kyo bridge but it is also host to over 170 wild monkeys high above Arashiyama living in the forest that overlooks this beautiful town.
It takes around 20 minutes to climb the mountain, then it comes to a clearance where you can spot the cute, red faced macaque monkeys. These are wild monkeys but are used to being in contact with humans.
You are free to walk around by yourself but you must not touch, try to feed the monkeys or stare at them. If you would like to feed them you can go into a wired shed and pay 100 yen around 1$ to feed them either peanuts or apples.
The macaque monkeys are omnivorous and can eat around 200 different food, other than fruits and nuts their favourites are cicadas and beetles. These monkeys have a lifespan of 30 years. The male weighs around 10-14 kgs while the female weighs 5.5 kgs.
Around the back of the clearance in the grassed area, amongst the trees is the best part as you see the monkeys playing, grooming each other and milking their youngs unmoved with the humans intruding on their space. If you love watching wildlife in their natural enviroment then this is a place for you.
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