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Address: Okazaki Hoshojicho, Sakyo-ku | Okazaki Park, Kyoto 606-8333, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-0210
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small zoo in between some tourist attractions - nice surprise!

Definitely do not change your plans to go to Kyoto Zoo - but if you are in the neighbourhood then you can spare about an hour for it. Very compact, clean and limited. Was a nice... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong, China
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely do not change your plans to go to Kyoto Zoo - but if you are in the neighbourhood then you can spare about an hour for it. Very compact, clean and limited. Was a nice rest for us to get away from the tourist buses around the temples.

Thank ilkeaksoy
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Do not go out of your way to see this zoo, its very small and not even a pleasant place to walk around, spent less than an hour. The enclosure sizes are unjustifiable, not only that, some animals didn't even have immediate access to sleeping/private areas. For example the lions have a tiny slab on concrete and their private space... More 

2 Thank Sophie E
Killarney, Ireland
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60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I will not recommend this to anyone. Places like this need to be shut down or improved. The cages are too small for the animals and they look unhealthy.

2 Thank ChemicalNerd
London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I was looking forward to this visit, as I am an animal lover and I love seeing animals happy and well maintained, even if its at the zoo. I was shocked when I so the size of the enclosures and the state of the animals, by the time I reached lion and tiger I was wiping tears of my eyes.... More 

3 Thank Ugne D
Leeds, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We visited on 5th August 2015. East to get to on subway. Beautiful setting. Only cost 600 yen. Very small zoo that does a lot with limited space - it has lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes etc. The animal enclosures are very small. We were on the other side of the glass to a sleeping male lion with no other people... More 

Thank Gordon103
Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Its wrong to judge this zoo on an adult perspective, this is a childrens zoo, and its expanding recently to give better enclosures and a better experience for the children, I spend about 3-4 hours here each year Im in Kyoto, with my son and daughter, its great value and although not a gleaming diamond in the world of zoos,... More 

1 Thank Japan20142015
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15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We stopped here on our route around Kyoto after Ginkaku-ji and Nanzenji temples, along the route of the Philosopher's Path. (This is actually a good day trip suggestion as you can get a bus to Ginkaku-ji and walk along the Philosopher's Path and past Nanzenji and past the zoo, back to the river and the centre) The zoo itself was... More 

Thank Molly M
Kyoto, Japan
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I did not want to go to this zoo as I have read bad reviews about it before. But a Japanese friend told me about the gorilla and how they have the best enclosure (the largest, as she said to me) compare to other animals. I first hesitated because I did not want to spend 600 yen but a friend... More 

4 Thank deyadeya
Didcot, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Although they were undergoing some building work, there were still plenty of exhibits to see. A wonderful little place and good for a few hours fun!

Thank R_Bridge
Otsu, Japan
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45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Not a world-class zoo by any means, but the recent facelift and renovation means that access for families with small children is even better than before. It can be a good break for the smaller ones and there is a petting zoo where you can touch small, domesticated animals. It can even be a tactic to get the small children... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.