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Where to See Monkeys in Japan



2. August. 2019

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When the Japanese speak of ‘monkeys’, they are usually referring to the native Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey for its origins in Japan’s frozen northernmost regions. With both its face and posterior are a distinctive shade of pink, it is characterized by frequent mischievous behavior.

Known here as the nihonzaru (‘Japanese monkey’), so fond are the Japanese of the species that dedicated parks have sprung up across the country, where visitors can encounter this living national treasure in natural surroundings. Here are six of the best.

Where to See Monkeys in Japan


  • Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano
  • Osarunoyama Monkey Park, Nikko
  • Awajishima Monkey Center
  • Choshikei Monkey Park, Shodoshima
  • Iwatayama Monkey Park, Kyoto Arashiyama
  • Mount Takasaki Monkey Park, Oita

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