Monkey Park Iwatayama

Wildlife Spotting in Japan

The natural beauty of Japan is not something that immediately springs to the minds of many. Instead, we conjure up the image of the busy streets and shopping modernity of Tokyo, and not the mountain ranges, fresh streams and open forest. And yet, the landscape of Japan boasts all these things and more. For its…

Monkeying Around in Arashiyama at the Iwatayama Monkey Park!

What better way to celebrate the year of the monkey than by visiting the Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyama, Kyoto? The Japanese Macaques (sometimes known as ‘Snow Monkeys’) are best known for their penchant for bathing in hot springs, but this practice takes place mainly in the north of Japan where the weather is much…

Where to Go During Autumn in Arashiyama (Kyoto)

Autumn has just arrived, and you may think that going sightseeing in Japan at this moment will be all about admiring the beautiful landscape, right? But it is not. Besides the gorgeous coloured leaves, you can also enjoy the gentle weather of the season and do interesting (outdoor) activities. West of Kyoto there is one…