This time I am going to write about our rather pleasant visit to the Iwatayama monkey park.
‘rather pleasant’ because Nagi and I didn’t think it the monkey park would be too special at first. But more on that later in this post.
This might look like a weird entrance to a monkey park, but that’s cause the actual monkey park is a 30 minute hike up the mountain.
After buying admission tickets at a booth, which cost around 500 yen, you immediately get onto the path leading upwards the mountain. The hike starts.
Whilst walking the path you might already see a few monkeys walking around already! Do keep in mind to bring something to drink if you’re not used to walking up a hill for half an hour. There are a few benches though, and you can rest on those. Also a few quiz questions about the monkeys are on the path.
After translating everything and answering the questions we went on, and a few minutes later found the same quiz.. in English.
We kept on walking, only looking at the English translation to see how good our translation was (not bad, actually). And then after the hike we got up to the monkey park cabin. There, since it was extremely warm (34 degrees) we were welcomed by a little cold pack to cool ourselves.
Inside, you can buy drinks, shaved ice, peanuts and apple pieces. With the peanuts and apples you can feed the monkeys out of the windows. The monkeys prefer the apples.
As you can see there are metal rosters between you and the monkeys. Making sure they can’t attack you.
Most monkeys will take hold of the peanut, but only withdraw their hands when you let go.
Ironically, after we fed the monkeys, it was feeding time.
As you can see, many monkeys are gathering for this event.
Walking among the monkeys is quite fun. But like I said, it gets special, when the monkeys are eating and afterwards go into their ‘swimming pool’ for a dive.
Some of the monkeys went into the pond, some of those were thrown into it.
Playing around and what not.
After that, we left the monkey park and had a ‘float’ at a little cafe in Arashiyama.
Floats were completely trending right then. It was basically; a normal drink with ice cream on top of it.
On that note I’m going to end this post.
See you later!