Monkey park, Japan

Monkey park, Japan © Andrea Schaffer

If you have ever felt bad for an animal locked up in a zoo cage, Kyoto’s Iwatayama Monkey Park is the place for you. Hundreds of Japanese macaque monkeys roam the grounds at will here. But if you want to feed the animals, you get locked up in a cage!

The macaques are all accustomed to humans and will perch on the wires, reaching their arms into the cage for apples and nuts. When you have finished feeding them, you can join them outside, watch them dive bomb into the pond, groom each other and generally monkey around.

This quirky take on a zoo is the perfect escape for temple-weary Kyoto visitors.

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