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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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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

One of the worst zoos I've ever seen. The cages were outdated and far too small. The animals all looked miserable and bored. Frankly this zoo made me very depressed and upset. I asked a few staff members about the facilities and the care of the animals but they either had no idea how to care for them or didn't... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This zoo was one of the worst I have seen during all my travels. The animals barely have room in their enclosures and many of them show signs of distress and being unhappy. The tigers were constantly pacing in their cage, that was smaller than my bedroom, and I don'n think I have seen a tiger that skinny in a... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Animals treated poorly? You bet. But that's nothing compared to the way human workers are treated, and behind the fake politeness, the way people in general are treated. It's a third world country with lipstick, and this zoo is proof. No self-respecting country that takes human or animal rights seriously would allow such an abusive establishment to exist. Sadly, the... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Melbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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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