Kyoto is the Birthplace of the Planet of the Apes

Our final day in Kyoto was to check out a few more things before we head south. Last night, we did have an opportunity to learn about and listen to a little traditional Japanese music. The Japanese bamboo flute is not easy to learn….that is for sure.

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This morning, we thought the best way to check out the Imperial Gardens in Kyoto is to run through them.

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Nice way to kick off the day, but it is closer to a 12K run. Highly recommend for runners visiting Kyoto.

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We then headed back to the northwest of Kyoto to check out the Monkey Park.

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It is known locally as Iwatayama Park or Monkey Mountain.

It is one heck of a hike.

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Steep, but not crowded outside of a handful of people.

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But the views of Kyoto are amazing.  The monkeys run free and are very friendly.

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It is fun to feed them and watch the babies compete with the adults

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And the youngsters compete with the koi fish for peanuts.

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It was so hot, we decided we deserved ice cream after that climb.  To end the day, we went to the Kyoto museum.

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It had a nice French collection this month and we were able to view a large number of Monets we had never seen before. Great collection and a small, but very nice museum. Very popular with the local crowd.

 

One more dinner and then we take the bullet train to Hiroshima tomorrow!

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