Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden

Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden

Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Mattsumoto
34 contributions
May 2021
Wow! Such an incredible zoo. So many things to see it takes all day. My only suggestion for improvement would be for them to charge more for the tickets. Costs only 500 Yen --should be 3 or 4 times that for what they offer as well as numerous maintenance projects could be completed with the extra funds. Overall, I highly recommend this place. Lots of walking (so be warned) as this is a huge property.
Written May 13, 2021
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KingLouie69
32 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
I hate writing bad reviews, especially when on all outward appearances the place looks good. However I can't, in good conscience say that about this zoo.

The zoo itself looked great, and was very cheap. But the further we went the more we realised how unhappy a lot of the animals were. Nearly all the big animals exhibited some form of repeated behaviour like pacing, and after reading some bad reviews from 2012 saying the same thing shows that it's an on-going problem. I've been to some great zoo's where the animals are very well looked after and seem suitably entertained. But there's something extremely sorrowful about watching a polar bear pacing bak and forth repeating the same action over and over. Same was said for the tiger which had worn out a patch of ground near it's cage in the same way. The monkey enclosures were rusty and well-worn. The zoo was clean for the most part but it is need of some hefty investment to be of the same phenomenal standards as say the Osaka Aquarium.

When we visited the sea-lion's also had no water in their tank, though this may have just been bad-timing and they were cleaning it. Not all the animals seemed unhappy though and the reptile and koala enclosures were very cool.
Written March 19, 2014
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dianeoh1950
Sylvania, OH257 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
First, the location is nice. Away from the concrete of the city, lots of trees. The zoo, itself, is a large property. Lots of walking uphill, up steps, so be prepared. With the trend of US zoos toward the habitat format, it was disappointing and a little sad to see the small spaces to which most of the animal collection was confined. The zoo does have a decent collection, but the enclosures were small, glass dirty. The koalas did was they (and pandas) do best - sat with their backs to the visitors! We went to see Shabani, the World's Most Handsome Gorilla. He had, apparently, been talking the koalas and sat with his back to everyone too. We did ride the Sky Tower for the views. It was a long, hot day and I didn't have it in me to climb another hill to view the botanical gardens. I wouldn't recommend unless one really has nothing much to do or has little kids.
Written September 26, 2017
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Kirsty Elaine
Horsham, UK154 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Very small cages for their animals, not where these animals should be kept. Animals looked bored and were pacing in repeat tracks. Some animals appeared more well maintained than others. Think the zoo needs a lot of work.
Written October 15, 2014
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AmericanLadyInUK
Milton Keynes, UK61 contributions
This place is a bit depressing with elephants in a holding pen smaller than my apartment, and polar bears that are blatently going crazy. I hate to see this place get any money until they sort the place out and make some better habitats.
Written February 8, 2012
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MayaKlast
Nagoya, Japan3 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
As it was said in some other review, the gardens and the Sky Tower are nice but the zoo is awful. The animals are held in super small cages with no toys and barely one or two wood sticks to keep themselves entertained. The animals are almost all kept alone and keep trying to look at each other from one cage to another. The whole thing made me horribly sad and the most depressing thing is that none of the Japanese visitors seemed to find anything wrong with it.
Probably the worse zoo I've been to. If you want to see animals, I suggest Nara for the wild deers or Gifu for the squirrels which you will be able to pet and feed while they run free.
Written November 10, 2012
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Debra T
Winnipeg, Canada7 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We have been to this zoo before but I don’t remember it being so sad. Our 11 year old daughter felt sorry for most of the animals. Many of them seemed to be pacing back and forth or going around in circles. The exhibit of North American animals was quite nice and more natural. We had fun on the paddle boats. I don’t think we will be back.
Written January 15, 2019
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Amy T. G
36 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Don't go here if you're an animal lover. The enclosures for large animals are quite small and not the cleanest. Worst zoo I've ever been to, don't think there's any conservation efforts taking place, just a zoo for people to feel at miserable creatures. Many of the animals looked unhealthy/undersized. Best part of the day was going up in the tower, and I'm afraid of heights.
Written July 10, 2016
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Reingding13
477 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
For ¥550 only I still have complaints. I have issues with zoos like this. There were plenty of different animals, and some pretty big exhibits. That being said, there were too many animals that were in small solitary cells. There was lots of pacing by animals which generally is a negative in terms of their well-being. Like any zoo, though, I hope that this one piques the interest of enough children that they can help protect animals in the future.

If you don't care about animal well being, it's probably a great way to spend an afternoon for cheap.
Written August 13, 2015
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MrsBeckyS
West Point, NY7 contributions
The highlight of Higashiyama Koen Zoo & Botanical Gardens is DEFINITELY the gardens. These are beautiful, peaceful and I should have spent my whole day there!! Unfortunately, I went through the zoo first. While there are wide variety of animals at the zoo, the animals are in extremely small cages/areas. I went into a Rhinocerous exibit and found this huge rhino in an enclosure that it could take only a couple steps in before having to turn around and co back the other way again. The same was true for many animals... This is the zoo that the "green polar bear" was at. (Made international news when the polar bear tank started growing algae and dyed the fur of the bears.)

I would say that the botanical gardens saved the day for me with their beauty. Go enjoy the animals at the zoo, but spend your time in the gardens!
Written January 11, 2009
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