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Address: Okazaki Hoshojicho, Sakyo-ku | Okazaki Park, Kyoto 606-8333, Kyoto Prefecture
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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This zoo was ok. I didn't know what to expect but it was very clean and very well laid out. You were able to see the animals with ease in their exhibits and it wasn't too... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 27, 2016
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Okinawa, Japan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

We were interested in going to a zoo. The cheap entry fee was our first clue that this may not be an enjoyable experience. My wife and I felt depressed as we walked through the zoo. The big cats in particular had small caged enclosures. The only animals we felt were given near enough space were the gorillas. Even then... More 

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Thank Stacey S
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Smallish zoo but definitely fun. 4 dollars each to get in and it's super clean. We're from America and we saw animals can't see in our zoos. Beware that Google has the wrong closing time and it's actually 1630. There was also a petting zoo with goats and rabbits. Would probably not go again but my gf loves animals so... More 

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Okinawa, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

This zoo was ok. I didn't know what to expect but it was very clean and very well laid out. You were able to see the animals with ease in their exhibits and it wasn't too crowded. Great place to take the kids.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for young children. The zoo is quite small, so you can finish the tour before they get too tired or bored. We can see the animals up close and there is a great variety of animals. There is a small playground where children can ride on trains, play bumper cars and ride a small Ferris... More 

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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!

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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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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 

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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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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.

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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.

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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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