Going Batty with Matty is a blog about animal related tourist attractions in Japan and the US. The posts are perfect for planning future trips as I have arranged them by location and provided useful information pertaining to access and well as background information to contextualize the attraction.

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Takasakiyama Monkey Park; The Battle for Troop Leader

Takasakiyama Money Park is one of the best places in Japan to see the hierarchy of Japanese macaque society in action. It is located in Beppu, Japan is a Japanese Macaque reserve home to 1500 monkeys divided into 2 troops B, and C.( A was dissolved after being defeated by troop C). While it is called a zoological park, the monkeys are indeed wild animals and can and go as they please. After the end of WWII, the Japanese masques population increased greatly in the Takasakiyama area and were wreaking havoc on farms. Ignoring calls for culling, the mayor of Beppu at the time decided to feed them which would lure them away from farm and double as a tourist attraction.

Long Time No See

My apologies not having any new posts for a while. The past few months have been pretty hectic for me I moved from Japan back to the US, started a new job, and I got married. Things are settling down now and I will restart my weekly posts again. I still have a lot of…


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