The Japan Monkey Centre is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday; the centre will also be closed on some additional weekdays (although it is open on all Japanese Public holidays). Please check the calendar before you visit: days when the JMC is closed to the public are shaded in grey .
From Meitetsu-Nagoya Station:
About 25 min by Rapid Limited Express (Kaisoku Tokkyu) or Limited Express (Tokkyu) train. The fare costs 550 yen per adult (280 yen per child aged 6-12)
From Central Japan International Airport Station:
About 55 min by μSKY Limited Express (Myu Sukai) train.
By Bus (5 Min):
From the East exit of the station, take a bus marked ‘リトルワールド・モンキーパーク線' (route towards ‘Little World’ and the Monkey Park) and get off at ‘モンキーパーク' (The Monkey Park, the first stop). The fare is 170 yen per adult (90 yen per child aged 6-12.) Please click here for the bus timetable (updated Jan 2017).
By Taxi (5 Min):
The taxi fare is about 800 yen.
The parking fee is 1,000 yen (500 yen in winter).
Please note: the car park is public, but is shared with the Japan Monkey Park. Tell the parking attendant that you are visiting the "Japan Monkey Centre (zoo)", they will guide you to the car parking area closest to the JMC entrance.
Members visit for free:
By becoming a member of the Japan Monkey Centre, you get free admission to the JMC for a whole year, including free parking. Please click here for further info
Experienced staff are always on-hand to tell visitors about the JMC and to answer any questions. We have information displays and also taxidermist specimens and skeletons of nonhuman primates. We hold special exhibitions on a wide variety of different themes.
This outdoor enclosure is in the form of an island ringed by a deep moat, allowing the inhabitants to roam freely. Living on the island-enclosure are three different species of lemurs found in the wild only in Madagascar: brown lemurs, black lemurs, and ruffed lemurs.
Here you can see the tiny Callitrichidae monkeys that come from South America. The indoor enclosure is maintained at a temperature of about 25°C to simulate tropical jungle conditions. There is also a special room where day and night are reversed: during our daytime it is their night-time. Nocturnal monkeys can be seen moving about energetically during our daytime.
Japanese macaques, also known as the snow monkeys, and living at the northern limit of the global range of all nonhuman primates, can be seen here, along with other Asian monkeys such as rhesus macaques.
You can enter this outdoor enclosure and experience a close encounter with free-moving ring-tailed lemurs.
One of the star attractions at the JMC is a family of chimpanzees, rejuvenated recently by birth of baby chimpanzee, Mamoru. Around sunset, you can see gorillas gathering to search for their evening meal, parts of which will have been hidden earlier in various places within the enclosure by the staff. You can also see nocturnal monkeys here.
Here you can see brightly-colored monkeys including, hamadryas baboons. Colobus monkeys show their strikingly beautiful black and white markings.
Over seventy Anubis baboons can be watched from this rooftop viewing deck.
From this observation platform, you can see 160 Japanese Yaku-macaques living in a 4,000 m2 valley. From the winter solstice until the end of February, on weekends and holidays, see Japanese Yaku-macaques warming themselves by a real bonfire. The tradition of lighting bonfires for the monkeys began in 1957, after Japanese Yaku-macaques were observed to gather around the fires lit by staff to burn fallen trees following the Isewan Typhoon. This new ‘bonfire-season’ soon became established as a well-known, and cherished, annual event.
Here, you can see siamangs brachiating (moving by swinging arm by arm) at a height of 15 meters (Big loop), Geoffroy's spider monkeys moving back and forth across a 100 meter long suspension bridge (Monkey skyway). Our Zoo caretakers regularly hand out information under the ‘Monkey skyway’. Don't forget to look up to see one of the must-see sights at the JMC. However, don't forget to keep an eye out for and avoid falling monkey excrement! Bolivian squirrel monkeys can be seen moving freely within the dense undergrowth on a small, nearby island (Squirrel monkey land).
Here you can see four different species of gibbons found in the wild in Southeast Asia: agile gibbons, capped gibbons, white-handed gibbons, and muller's gibbons.
The 'KIDS ZOO' is the only area inside the JMC where you can enjoy petting/stroking various different species of animals, about thirty. The end of 2016, the 'KIDS ZOO' had the pleasure of welcoming a stunningly adorable baby goat, later named 'Suzu'. In addition, in the ‘KIDS ZOO’ there are many fluffy animals such as degus, guinea pigs and rabbits; exotic animals such as Madagascar hissing cockroaches and leopard geckos; local wildlife: insects which are popular with children such as beetles, and so on. A visit to the KIDS ZOO is a perfect opportunity to handle many different animals. Please note that exhibited animals may be retired from public handling/view as and when required, to ensure their health is maintained.