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Monkey of Mount Takasaki, made famous by Charlotte and the boss monkey Bentz.

Mount Takasaki Nature Park is 628m in height with bell like shape. Wild monkeys live in this mountain which are fed and looked after by staff.These monkeys are freely roaming around in nature, allowing you to be up and close with big and small monkeys.
Beppu Oita | 3098-1 Kanzaki, Ōita-shi, Ōita-ken 870-0100
(Updated on: Feb 13, 2017)

It was noted in historical document that monkeys already lived in Mount Takasaki 400 years ago.
Opened in 1953, this park started with one group - consisting 220 monkeys (A group).
In 1959, number of monkeys gradually increased creating second group "B group" and then in 1964 creating third group "C group".
After June 2002, A group stopped visiting the mountain, now Mount Takasaki is home to B and C group.
Monkey of Mount Takasaki, made famous by Charlotte and the boss monkey Bentz.
Source: cdn.jalan.jp
At the entrance of Mount Takasaki Nature Park, you will see "Monkey Rail". It is a cute mono rail, which will take you up to where the monkeys are situated. During the trip, you can also see the beautiful view of "Beppu Bay".
When you arrive, there will be lot's of monkey waiting for your arrival.
You can choose to trek to where the monkeys are situated instead of catching the mono rail.
There are 2 treks, one is "Hare" course and one is "Turtle" course. "Hare" course is a steep up hill, so if you have what it takes why not give it a try. During the trek there are sculpture of first boss Jupiter and eventually merging with "Turtle" course.
"Turtle" course is a easy walking path, and the view from the trek is beautiful.
Once you arrive wild monkeys are awaiting to meet you. Best time to visit is feeding time! At Mount Takasaki every 30 minutes they feed flours and twice a day monkeys are fed potatoes. Potato feedings are must see, as you can watch up and close battle of the monkeys fighting for their favourite meal.
Also there is a rock called "Monkey rock", which if a couple finds this it will bring happiness to the couple, so have a look around.
Monkey of Mount Takasaki, made famous by Charlotte and the boss monkey Bentz.
Source: j-town.net
In March 2015, as baby monkey was born which the park asked for her to be named by public. It was decided to be named as "Charlotte", but as the name was same as Princess Charlotte of England, the park received many criticism and the name was changed temporarily. However the Royal family has commented that this was not an issue and now the monkey is continued to be loved and known as Charlotte. Mother of Charlotte is "Ofuse", and the little Charlotte can be seen running around.
Monkey of Mount Takasaki, made famous by Charlotte and the boss monkey Bentz.
Loved monkey Bentz become the Boss of B group when approximately aged 9. In 1990 he fell in love with a monkey from C group, which he decided to move away from his B group. Starting from bottom of the ladder, he gradually gained trust among his group and in 2000 he positioned himself as number 2 of C group. After this, Bentz led the battle with A group, which A group lost now not to be seen on Mount Takasaki.
In 2011, he took over from longest running boss "Zoro" and became 9th Boss of C group.
14th Sept 2013, Bentz was no where to be seen. After a search, on 1st Oct Bentz was found in middle of Oita City. At the time staff were worried if old Bentz will be welcomed by his group as a boss. Bentz returned into the group without any issue, however he disappeared again on 16th Dec, and not seen since. Multiple search was conducted, but he was never found. At the time he has disappeared, Bentz was to be aged 35, in human term over 100 years old.
Monkey of Mount Takasaki, made famous by Charlotte and the boss monkey Bentz.
Access
By car: 25 minutes drive from Beppu highway interchange
By public transport: catch a bus from Oita Station and get off at Takasaki Yama Shizen Doubutsuen Mae

Entry fee: Adult 510 yen / Junior high and primary school children 250 yen
Monorail fee: 100 yen return (it is also 100 yen for one way)
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