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Address: Okazaki Hoshojicho, Sakyo-ku | Okazaki Park, Kyoto 606-8333, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 75-771-0210
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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great break from sightseeing for the kids

Zoo is very attractive with lovely gardens and a good variety of animals. The kids loved it particularly the monkey exhibits. I had to try to ignore the extremely small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 5, 2016
Elizabeth W
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Zoo is very attractive with lovely gardens and a good variety of animals. The kids loved it particularly the monkey exhibits. I had to try to ignore the extremely small enclosures for the animals - this is how they did zoos 100 years ago!

Thank Elizabeth W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

My Husband and I took our children (2 and a half and eight months) to visit the Zoo whilst staying in Kyoto. The park is easily accessible by train (15 minute walk from station) or bus (direct to door). It was a fine day and the walk along the river from the station was very nice with lots to see... More 

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Buddina, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

When we read the reviews on this zoo we almost didn't bother to visit. But I am glad we did. I think there have been renovations done since many of the reviews as a lot of the zoo looked new, modern and relatively spacious. There were a few exhibits which appeared of the old style like the concrete 'mountain' for... More 

2 Thank Irene I
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

While I really enjoyed my time at the zoo - the weather was perfect, the zoo was clean, and the animals were active - I couldn't help but wish the exhibits were bigger. Recently the zoo underwent a renovation, I was told, which expanded many of the exhibits, but after seeing places like the San Diego Zoo, it's hard to... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

The Kyoto Zoo is a small inexpensive Zoo that is ok for an afternoon of touring. The exhibits are small and sometimes your heart goes out for the obviously bored animals within. It is geared more for children and School outings. The kids and families and School classes were actually more interesting and informative than the exhibits.

Thank Packngo205
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

Set in a very attractive area, the zoo looked inviting however for international visitors it is not really worth visiting. Not being up to world class [unusually for me] I did not take any photos inside.

Thank Betula103
Ichinomiya, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

Do not expect something. This zoo is for Japanese children surrounded by historical and cultural heritages but no wildlife. Visotrs from overseas definitely have better zoos in their home countries.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Don't support this zoo, small cages, the animals are walking in circles and it's sad. Amazing animals but they need more room

1 Thank Travis W
Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

I don't have too much to say about this zoo. We met friends there and were all of the same opinion. The cages were small but the animals were very easy to see. We got to throw fish for the seals which was really cool

Thank Sivonnepryce
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2015

Definitely do not change your plans to go to Kyoto Zoo - but if you are in the neighbourhood then you can spare about an hour for it. Very compact, clean and limited. Was a nice rest for us to get away from the tourist buses around the temples.

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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.
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