Takasakiyama National Park (Monkey Park)


Takasakiyama National Park (Monkey Park) Takasakiyama National Park (Monkey Park) Takasakiyama National Park (Monkey Park) Takasakiyama National Park (Monkey Park)

Mt. Takasaki has had wild monkeys inhabiting it for over 400 years. In 1952, Oita city began feeding the monkeys in order to prevent conflicts with farmers and residents in the neighborhood. The park was established as a major tourist attraction in 1953.
This mountain has the largest population of Macaque monkeys in Japan. Currently, there are two groups (B and C) of monkeys living there totaling around 1,500. They are fed several times a day with sweet potato and wheat. The two groups naturally rotate the feedings with the stronger group coming first then disappearing as the second group comes. This rotation helps prevent fighting between the two groups. A third group (A) went out of existence in about 2002 after being defeated by one of the stronger groups.
Nanchuu is the name for group B and Oomugi for group C (As of May, 2016). Each group has its own boss monkey called “α-male”.
Every monkey has its family register and family line as well as all of the adult monkeys having their own names according to the certain rules. The rules are: Use 2 to 5 characters, never use previously used names, and all of the names are related to the mother monkeys.


8:30 - 17:00 (last admission:16:30)
7 days a week


¥ 510 High school student and over
¥ 250 Elementary and Junior high school student


Free WiFi
Toilet
Barrier Free
Luggage Service

15 min. by bus from JR Beppu station


+81 97 532 5010


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