Nasu World Monkey Park
Nasu, Tochigi is near Tokyo, but the mountain resort area is a favorite of Japanese royalty thanks to lush green parklands, refreshing weather, and onsen (hot springs). Which is probably why the monkeys like it so much, too! Unlike the outlet malls and shopping offered by other getaways favored by Japan's imperial family, Nasu offers some great destinations for animal lovers. And the Monkey Park in particular is the place to be if you love monkeys (and primates), giving you lots of chances to get up close and personal with them.
You already know what you're going to find at Nasu World Monkey Park: monkeys of all kinds! Plus a few other friendly animal friends. The park itself is split into three areas, which are the Petting Zoo (ふれあい広場), Animal Theater (アニマルシアター), and the Elephant Forest (ゾウの森).
Zoos all over the world might be moving more and more towards hands-on learning experiences, but the Monkey Park is way ahead of the curve. The little residents of the park are friendly and they want to get to know new people, which is perfect for visitors who get to really play with the animals. That makes each visit to Nasu World Monkey Park unique, and uniquely fun!
The Elephant Forest
- They might not be monkeys, but the elephants at Nasu World Monkey Park are pretty cute, too! You can hop onto their strong backs and take a little ride through the greenery of Nasu's countryside during your visit. To thank them for their hard work, you can even buy them a snack afterwards.
Elephant Ride: 2,000 yen
Rainy Day Mini-Ride: 1,000 yen
Elephant Snacks: 500 yen
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