Sunday, June 4, 2017

Exploring Kyoto and Monkey Park

Today a quite a few people opted to Explore Kyoto, while the rest of the group went to the  Iwatayama Monkey Park.  In all of Japan there are so many amazing Shrines and Temples that you can hardly believe it, but it is especially true in Kyoto.  For those who took the exploring Kyoto option, many took what is called the "Philosopher's Walk".  It was a picture perfect sunny day with a nice breeze, not humid and not too hot.  Just what we ordered.

It was a perfect last day in Japan.

During the walk we saw some Great Blue Herons, or some type of crane.  First we saw one and went slightly crazy because it was so beautiful.  Then we saw a second one.  Then, all of a sudden, they started interacting with each other in either a fight or a mating dance.  I was lucky enough to catch it on video.

Iwatayama Monkey Park

The organized event of the day was a visit to the Iwatamaya Monkey.  This park is unusual in that the monkeys run free.  The park is on Mt Arashiyama, on the same side of the Oi River as the train station. It is inhabited by a troop of over 170 Japanese macaque monkey.  While the monkeys are human-fed (even tourists have a chance to feed them), they are still wild, so visitors are advised not to stare at or touch the monkeys.


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