The Monkeys of Iwatayama, Japan

Iwatayama is a wooded mountain in Arashiyama, near Kyoto, home to more than 200 Japanese macaque monkeys, a nice reprieve after a few days of temple-hopping.

The monkeys seem happy, with a few dozen acres to roam around, free to come and go as they please; they can visit the surrounding mountains but prefer to stick around: free food and medical care, plus an opportunity to see humans enclosed in a caged refreshment room.

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