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Takasakiyama Monkey Park (高崎山自然動物園, Takasakiyama Shizen Dōbutsuen) is a popular monkey reserve at the base of Mount Takasaki, a 628 meter high mountain along the coast between Beppu and Oita City. The mountain is home to some 1500 wild Japanese macaques that roam freely around its steep, forested slopes. Park visitors can get close to the monkeys as they are fed, and watch them as they run around, play or just sit in the sun and groom each other.

Mount Takasaki's monkeys are divided into two separate troops of approximately 700 to 800 individuals each, making them some of the world's largest monkey troops. The troops take turns coming down to the monkey park, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. During their stay at the park, the monkeys get fed by the wardens and spend their time playing and resting while appearing almost oblivious to the human visitors. However, although they seem tame, the monkeys should not be touched or fed, and eye contact should be avoided.

The park was opened in 1952 as both a tourist attraction and as a way to manage the local monkey population which increasingly came into conflict with the surrounding residents and farmers. As a result, the monkeys are now fed regularly by the park wardens in order to keep them off the fields and residential districts. The feedings are a popular time at the park, when the monkeys can be seen scurrying about, competing for the food. Smaller feeding are done hourly, while larger feedings are performed a few times per day.

Most visitors to the monkey park will arrive by car or bus at the large parking lot next to the Umitamago Aquarium. From there, a pedestrian bridge crosses the main road towards the monkey park whose entrance gate can be reached in a five minute walk from the parking lot. From there, it is another five minute walk uphill to the park's main area where most of the monkeys gather. It is possible to skip the latter uphill walk by taking a short monorail ride (110 yen round trip).

Getting there and around

From central Beppu Station, take bus number AS60 or AS61 (from Beppu Station and Beppu Kitahama) or AS70 or AS71 (from Beppu Kitahama) bound for Oita Station (大分駅) and get off at Takasakiyama (高崎山) from where the entrance of the monkey park can be reached in a short walk. The one way bus ride takes ten minutes and costs 240 yen. There is approximately one bus per hour.

The "Monkey Marine Ticket" for 2550 yen consists of a round trip from Beppu or Oita Station to the monkey park in combination with admission to the monkey park and nearby Umitamago Aquarium. The ticket is sold by Oita Kotsu and can be purchased at the Beppu Station tourist office or the Oita Station Bus Center.

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Hours and Fees

Hours

9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Closed

No closing days

Admission

520 yen

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      250 metres from Beppu Tower, BEPPU HOSTEL U&T is set in Beppu and features a garden and a terrace. The property is close to Beppu Park, B-Con Plaza and Beppu Art Museum. The property is 3.1 km from Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center. The private bathroom is equipped with a bidet. Beppu Rakutenchi is 3.6 km from the guest house. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 39 km from BEPPU HOSTEL U&T.
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    • AMANE resort GAHAMA
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      Situated in Beppu, 1.6 km from Oita Fragrance Museum, AMANE resort GAHAMA features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The ryokan has a hot spring bath and luggage storage space. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the ryokan also feature free WiFi. Guests at AMANE resort GAHAMA can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center is 3.7 km from the accommodation, while Hyotan Onsen is 3.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 28 km from AMANE resort GAHAMA.
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    • AMANE resort SEIKAI
      Luxury
      Boasting luxurious guest rooms with open-air hot spring bath overlooking the ocean, AMANE resort SEIKAI is a 7-minute walk from JR Beppu Daigaku Station. It features spacious public hot spring baths and a spa salon. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the public area, and parking is available at no charge. Fitted with dark wooden flooring and chic furnishings, each spacious room offers great ocean views. Guests can unwind on comfortable sofas or tatami (woven-straw) mats, and watch Blu-ray movies on a flat-screen TV. The Seikai provides large public baths and hot tubs on the ground floor and top floor. Spa Sheer Pearl offers ultimate relaxation with delicate massages and treatments. A gift shop and drink vending machines are available on site, and luggage can be stored at the 24-hour front desk for free. JR Beppu Station is a 15-minute drive and Oita Airport is a 40-minute drive from the property. Beppu Jigoku-meguri hot springs are within a 15-minute drive. Umitamago Aquarium is a 30-minute drive away. Gen serves traditional Japanese cuisine using seasonal and local ingredients. Eitaro restaurant offers various fresh seafood meals, while Japanese-Western fusion dishes can be enjoyed at Ban-ya.
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    • Yamada Bessou
      Mid-range
      Within a 10-minute walk from Beppu Station, Yamada Bessou offers Japanese-style rooms with spacious natural hot spring baths. Free WiFi and free bicycle use are available. Surrounded by greenery, air-conditioned rooms have a seating area with large windows and garden views. They have tatami-mat flooring and Japanese futon bedding. Female guests can choose their yukata robe to wear in the room. Guests can reserve an outdoor hot spring bath for private use, or relax in the public indoor bath available 24 hours a day. Massage treatments can be arranged. The hotel offers free parking. Yamada Bessou serves a Japanese breakfast, with only fresh seasonal ingredients. Free coffee is offered at the lobby. Yamada Bessou Ryokan is a 10-minute walk from the Takegawa Onsen hot spring area, and a 45-minute drive from Oita Airport. Beppu Station offers a 25-minute bus to Kannawa Onsen hot spring area.
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    • Hotel Umine
      Luxury
      Situated in Beppu, Hotel Umine is an entirely non-smoking property that features a terrace and a bar. Popular points of interest nearby include Beppu Tower, Beppu Park and B-Con Plaza. Free WiFi is provided. A designated smoking area is located on site. The units at the hotel come with a seating area. Each room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer. At Hotel Umine rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. An Asian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are willing to help at any time of the day at the reception. Beppu Rakutenchi is 2.5 km from Hotel Umine, while Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center is 2.7 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 31 km from the hotel.
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    • Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Beppu, 400 metres from Hyotan Onsen, Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA features views of the city. With a shared lounge, the 2-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Popular points of interest near the ryokan include Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, Oita Fragrance Museum and Yama Jigoku. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 30 km from Beppu Kannawa Onsen HIROMIYA.
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    • Terrace Midoubaru
      Mid-range
      Terrace Midoubaru is located a 15-minute drive from JR Beppu Station and boasts guestrooms with a semi open-air bath. Guests can soak in the hot spring bath. Private parking is available for an additional fee. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and blu-ray player. Rooms offer views of the sea or mountains. All rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. There is luggage storage space at the property. Beppu Ropeway is 1.5 km from Terrace Midoubaru, while Beppu Rakutenchi is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 33 km from Terrace Midoubaru.
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    • REX HOTEL Beppu
      Mid-range
      Set in Beppu, within 1 km of Beppu Tower and 1.7 km of Takegawara Onsen, REX HOTEL Beppu offers accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring a spa and wellness centre, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around 1.9 km from Beppu Park and around 2 km from Beppu Art Museum. The hotel features a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel all rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a TV. Guests at REX HOTEL Beppu can enjoy a buffet breakfast. B-Con Plaza is 2.2 km from the accommodation, while Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center is 2.6 km away. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 30 km from REX HOTEL Beppu.
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    • Happy Neko
      Budget-friendly
      Located in the Kannawa hot-spring area, Happy Neko offers affordable Japanese-style accommodations in a traditional house built in 1934. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire building. A complimentary transfer on departure to JR Beppu station, JR Beppu Daigaku Station, Beppu Kotsu Center and Ferry Terminal is provided upon reservation. The spacious rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each room comes with heating facilities, a fridge, an electric kettle and a private toilet. The property does not have bath and shower facilities. Guests can look out at the traditional garden and use the free on-site parking. Luggage storage is offered at the front desk. Happy Neko Inn is a 10-minute drive from JR Beppu Daigaku Train Station and Beppu Kotsu Centre Bus Stop. Beppu Jigoku Hells is a 10-minute walk and Beppu Bay is a 10-minute drive away. No meals are served.
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    • GRAND BASE Iolani
      Mid-range
      Set in Beppu in the Oita region, with Beppu Park and B-Con Plaza nearby, GRAND BASE Iolani offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with hot tub and a hairdryer. There is also a fridge, stovetop and a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Beppu Tower, Beppu Art Museum and Takegawara Onsen. The nearest airport is Oita Airport, 31 km from GRAND BASE Iolani.
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