If I could only take away one experience from visitng Kyoto it’d be photographing the beautiful Macaque (Snow Monkeys). Nestled away on top of a mountain west of central Kyoto is the Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama.While it’s a little bit of a hike up to the reserve it’s ultimately well worthwhile as you catch your first few glimpses of the macque.
The reserve is kinda interesting, unlike a zoo where animals are put behind cages so humans can view and feed them the roles are reversed. A little hut on the top mountain serves as an area that guests can enter to feed the monkey pieces of apple and peanuts through a wire mesh. To be honest I could have spent a whole day up with the macques but there was more of Kyoto to explore.
Next up was Tenryu-ji Temple which had a beautiful traditional garden ajoining a bamboo forrest.
Finally to end the day we headed to Mt Inari which is known for it’s red coloured gates that pave a path from the bottom to the top of the mountain.
A reoccuring reflection of the trip was there were so many places we visited along the way I wish we had spend longer at. Kyoto was no exception and hopefully I’ll have the chance for an extended stay in the future.