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Kyoto Zoo (Dobutsu-En)

Okazaki Hoshojicho, Sakyo-ku | Okazaki Park, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8333, Japan
+81 75-771-0210
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Ranked #334 of 371 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Zoos
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I was excited to see the zoo and depressed when I left. The cages were way too small and the animals were just lying around. They could not really do much because it was like they were on solitary confinement.

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Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Although the cages are too small by usual Zoo standards, we were not as disappointed as we expected to be. The animals mostly seemed happy. We were able to interact with some through the enclosure fences (giraffes, elephant and zebra). The children really enjoyed it. The reptile house was very interesting and clearly very new - providing visitors with a... More

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Saratoga, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I wasn't planning to visit this zoo, but after 9 days in Japan my kids (10 & 12) we're done with temples, shrines and other cultural things. They insisted on going here. I warned them about the bad reviews, so we were expecting it to be pretty bad. 1st, the zoo was very clean!!! 2nd, much of it is under... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is the saddest zoo I have seen. The animals are kept in enclosures that are much too small for them, most of them with no grass and lots of concrete, with most of the animals looking very sad. There are lots of construction works there at the moment so one can only hope they are trying to improve the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Visited the zoo on a whim today and was saddened by the state and size of the enclosures. All the animals were either lying on the concrete floor or pacing back and forth. The hippo was standing in a pool of stagnant water the size of a small domestic backyard swimming pool. Disappointing...

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Coral Gables, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I visited this zoo in Kyoto on my recent trip. While Kyoto is a lovely city, the zoo was terrible. Many of the large animals such as the lions and tigers were in extremely small enclosures and the temperature was very high. The tiger was panting and attempting to pace in his small accommodations. All of the animals appeared miserable.... More

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This zoo is very old, the space for the lions and tigers so tiny. The animals look very unhappy, Even if some areas are under renovation, it's a shame for a rich country like Japan to have such a place.

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Wellington, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My family visited and we were all very saddened and upset by the terrible way the animals are treated. The cages are cruelly small and the animals are lifeless and sad. Please please do not go to this zoo. If you do you will be supporting cruelty to animals. I beg the zoo to vastly increase the size of the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This was the most horrific zoo I've ever visited. The animals were kept in tiny cages, and they all seemed underfed and liveless. The birds aren't able to fly and huge animals like lions and tigers have no space neither. The hippopotimus had a tiny pool and just on the other side of the fence they had made a huge... More

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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

One thing that made this zoo interesting for me is to see the gorilla. I was curious how will it look like in person. Apparently it made me stunned and amaze because they were real! On the contradictory we were not able to see the eldest animal at the zoo which is the black bear, due to the cold weather.... More

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