Takasakiyama (Mount Takasaki) is a mountain 628 meters high near Beppu
It lies midway between Oita city and Beppu city. It is at the position about 3 km from Beppu and about 10 km from Oita.
Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden is at the foot of the mountain.
It isn't a common zoo.
Wild Japanese monkeys gather there by artificial feeding. Of course, they are living near this park in Mount Takasaki.
In the early 20th century, the monkeys had ruined farm crops around
The farmers had been trying to drive the monkeys away, but all methods had no effect.
The mayor of Oita city thought upside down, and tried to feed them and
use them as a resource of the sightseeing in 1952.
And the place to feed them was constructed and was opened in 1953.
First, 220 monkeys came here, and more than 1,200 monkeys come now.
In Takasakiyama, three groups of monkeys (A, B, C) live.
Group-A hasn't appeared since 2002, so we can see the monkeys of Group-B and C now.
This park was incorporated in a national park, and the monkeys are also designated as the national natural treasures.
The feeding place is on the mountain side, and we can reach there
through some walking trails or a slope car (mini monorail).
The monkeys are wild, so we must observe the followings.
Don't show them any food. (Even plastic bag or paper bag is aimed by
Don't touch or tease them.
Don't see their eyes.