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Kyoto Zoo (Dobutsu-En)

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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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Good little zoo - but animals in small enclosures.

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

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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 

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Kyoto, Japan
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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 

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Didcot, United Kingdom
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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!

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Otsu, Japan
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

The animals need bigger enclosures, the lions, tigers and cheater were in an enclosure no bigger than an average swimming pool, & looked under weight and depressed

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Tokyo, Japan
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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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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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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.