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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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Nice zoo under construction

Creative zoo, nicely located. Lot of buildings are new, some are under construction. Good alternative to temples. I do not share the negative comments listed here in before.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
NakamachiKo
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Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Creative zoo, nicely located. Lot of buildings are new, some are under construction. Good alternative to temples. I do not share the negative comments listed here in before.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

A friend and I visited this Zoo today without reading any reviews expecting a nice normal zoo. We were both very saddened by the small enclosures, especially the Hippo, it was in a very small pool maybe even smaller than a backyard pool. The hippo was under the water and we thought it was trying to drown itself. We didn't... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

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 The cages were outdated and far too small.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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 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
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

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
23 helpful votes 23 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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