The 14th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment

Excursions in Kyoto

Kyoto City Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Japan. It is only 30-minutes walk from Kyoto University. The park is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day, except Mondays. You can visit the zoo by yourself whenever is convenient for you. In the afternoon of 26th June, 2019, we will prepare special events for ICEE2019 participants.

  • Date and time: 13:00-15:00, 26th June, 2019
  • Tour fee: 500 JPY for the entrance (Entrance fee is discounted for registered participants. Please show your official ICEE2019 name tag at the entrance.)
  • Details will be announced later.

Kyoto City Zoo (visit on your own). Information is available at the conference reception desk.
Charge: 500 JPY for the entrance (Entrance fee is discounted for registered participants. Please show your official ICEE2019 name tag at the entrance.)

Please visit the famous study site Arashiyama Monkey Park "Iwatayama" to observe free-ranging Japanese monkeys. The Park is located on the outskirts of Kyoto City, about 1 hour from Kyoto University. It is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day and can be accessed easily by public transportation. You can visit the park by yourself whenever is convenient for you. After the conference, we will have a tour of the site.

On 27th June, 2019, researchers working at the Arashiyama Monkey Park will wait for you at the site between 13:00 and 16:00. They will give you a short guided tour of the park at 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30. Please come to the summit of the monkey park at the time. From the foot of the mountain it will take about 20 minutes to get at the summit.

  • Date: 27th June, 2019
  • Tour fee: 450 JPY entrance (Entrance fee is discounted for registered participants. Please show your official ICEE2019 name tag at the entrance.)
  • Transportation fee: about 1000 yen (you can reach the site by bus or train. Please see further information on their official site:
  • Tour fee and schedule for excursion
** We would like to know how many people will join this tour, so please go registration site to participate.

Post-congress tour outside in Kyoto

We offer post-congress travel tours to several sites in Japan where research activities on wild and captive animals are conducted, including: Inuyama, Kumamoto, Yakushima and Koshima. In addition to these sites, Japan has many sightseeing spots where you can enjoy observing wild animals. We hope you enjoy Japanese nature as well as our cultural traditions.

We opened registration for the post-congress tours. Please register from here. The application deadline is 28th February, 2019. Once a tour is fully booked, registration will be closed.

Please note that the tour fee at this moment is REFERENCE FEE. However, the fee may change according to the number of participants and flight charge. The exact price will be announced after the application deadline has passed.

For those participants who would like more time to explore the Kyushu area by themselves, you may leave the tour at the tour departure points listed below. Depending on where you depart the tour the fee will change.

If the number of participants does not reach the minimum number required, some tours may be cancelled. Participants will be informed whether their tour will go ahead by 8th March, 2019.

Post-congress tour options

Primate Research Institute & Japan Monkey Centre Tour (Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture)

The Primate Research Institute (PRI), Kyoto University is famous for primate research. Research topics are diverse and include: behavior, ecology, morphology, physiology, brain science, genomics, cognition and welfare. You can observe chimpanzees climbing high towers and participating in automated cognitive experiments. Japan Monkey Centre (JMC) is located next door and is one of the origins of Japanese Primatology. JMC keeps about 60 nonhuman primate species. JMC is a primate research center and a public educational foundation, and is currently managed by Kyoto University academics.

Kumamoto Sanctuary Tour (Uki, Kumamoto Prefecture)

Kumamoto Sanctuary (KS), Kyoto University is the first and only sanctuary for chimpanzees and bonobos in Japan. It is located approximately 800 km southwest of Kyoto University's main campus. The KS staff are passionate and committed to enhancing the physical and psychological well-being of the chimpanzees and bonobos housed at the sanctuary. Non-invasive cognitive studies are conducted. KS is not open to the public for health and safety reasons.

Yakushima Island Tour (Kumage, Kagoshima Prefecture)

Yakushima is a subtropical island located in the southern coast of Kyushu. This is a long-term field site for research on wild Japanese monkeys and Shika deers. The western coastal area of Yakushima Island is registered as a World Heritage site and many research projects have been conducted here. The Kyoto University field station is located in the nearest town, Nagata. The highest mountain in the Kyushu area is located on Yakushima Island and you can enjoy trekking in the beautiful forests.

  • Date: 27th – 28th June, 2019
  • Minimum participants: 3 people
  • Maximum participants: 8 people
  • Note: If the weather is too bad to fly to Yakushima Island, we will either cancel this excursion or wait at Kagoshima hub airport until flights are resumed.
  • Note: Yakushima Island is hilly and equipments for hiking is necessary.
  • Tour fee and schedule for excursion

Koshima Island Tour (Kushima, Miyazaki Prefecture)

Koshima is a small island located in southern part of Miyazaki prefecture. Koshima Field Station is a facility of the Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, and a base for research on Koshima Island. There are around 100 Japanese macaques on the island (which is covered with laurel forests and many subtropical plant species. Koshima Island and the Japanese macaques on the island were designated as a natural monument in 1934. The macaques have been studied by Kyoto University since 1948 and the island is well-known as the birthplace of Japanese Primatology.

  • Date: 27th – 30th June, 2019
  • Minimum participants: 3 people
  • Maximum participants: 10 people
  • Note: Access to Koshima Island is by boat. If the sea is too rough we will stay on the mainland until it is safe for the boat to cross. Although we expect to visit Koshima Island on either the 28th or 29th June, in extreme weather conditions we may not be able to reach the island.
  • Tour fee and schedule for excursion

Other travel possibilities

Although we do not offer official congress tours of the following sites we recommend these places to see wild Japanese animals.

• Jigokudani (Nagano)
The world famous place to observe monkeys bathe in hot springs!

•Shiretoko (Hokkaido)
Shiretoko is a peninsula in Hokkaido. It is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and rich in biodiversity such as Hokkaido brown bears, Hokkaido Sika deers, Ezo red foxes, whales, orcas and various birds.