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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan for Monkey Park at Arashiyama

Japanese Macaque monkeys, also known as snow monkeys, are animated animals. I wanted to see them in action. Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyama area provides this opportunity. Located in the western part of Kyoto, Iwatayama Monkey Park can be accessed by bus or train. I took the Hankyu train from downtown Kyoto. The entrance of the monkey park is located in a small shrine. Admission is 550 yen per adult and 250 yen for children (4-15 ). Children under 4 are admitted free of charge. After hiking up the trail behind the shrine, I was greeted by monkeys sitting at the viewing platform. I could feed them inside the caged hut but I opted to look at them roaming free on top of the hill. There are 2 feeding times per day. It was a fighting frenzy when the time came. Monkeys chased out each other to get the nuts distributed by the park employees. I noticed this female adult nursing her young at a quiet corner, with a junior grooming her back. I stayed motionless for a bit before I decided to take pictures of this happy family. This park will close if it snows or if a typhoon passes by.

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