“Kyoto City Zoo” is an urban zoo located in Okazaki Park, 30 minutes by bus from Kyoto Station. The historic zoo opened in 1903 and reopened in September 2015. The display method has been greatly changed so that the animals can be felt closer, and the number of visitors has increased significantly. Currently, about 140 types and 600 animals are on display, and gorillas and giraffes that are displayed in a more natural form are gaining popularity.
There are children’s attractions such as a Ferris wheel and train in the park, making it a perfect spot for families to go out. It is about 4 hectares and is just right for children to walk with.
Kyoto City Zoo opened in 1903. The second oldest zoo in the country. In 2016, the number of visitors exceeded 1 million, and this facility has long been loved by Kyoto citizens. This zoo has the first successful breeding of “Nishigorilla” for the first time in Japan, and is currently working on breeding “Asian elephant” and “Grevy zebra”.
The next information about the Kyoto City Zoo is “A powerful exhibition method that is close to animals”. The motto is “Near and fun zoo”. In 2015, after completing the renovation work over 7 years, the main attraction is that it has been renewed so that it can be closer to animals than before. There are many ways to make animals more familiar, such as removing the patrol fence of the tiger building, setting up a promenade standing on the same line as the giraffe, and installing an aerial passage through which the animals pass overhead.
The second oldest zoo in Japan
Kyoto City Zoo which opened the second in Japan in 1868 and has a history of over 100 years. There, 600 species of animals of about 140 species such as monkeys and western gorilla are raised in addition to the popular such as giraffes and elephants. There is also an amusement park with a train or Ferris wheel in the park. There are also “Fairy Land” to interact with animals, so the children are delighted too. There are also the “Animal Library” that have more than 6300 books related animals. If you are interested, it will also be good for parents and children together to study an animal. Children under junior high school students can enter free of charge for one charm as well.
Exhibition method that takes into consideration the characteristics of animals
It is a historic zoo, but after renovation of the facility it was renewed in 2015. Prior to renewal, animals were surrounded by cages and were exhibited in distant places. It is now an exhibition method that takes into consideration the characteristics of animals, so that we can see animals up close. It is a zoo where not only contacts with animals but also restaurants and souvenir shops are fulfilling and adults and children can enjoy it.
You can see the elephant’s bathing scenery just 4 meters away
The park is divided into six areas: “Beast World” “Forest of Kyoto” “Elephant Forest” “African Prairies” “Fairy Land” “Monkey World”.
Elephants are particularly popular among breeded animals. Now the Kyoto City Zoo has 5 elephants raised. There is a bathing area in front of the large site, and if you are lucky you can see the elephant’s bathing scenery just 4 meters away.
You can sense the power of the beasts which come to your side
And, it is extremely powerful “Beast World” that children become crazy. The face of a big lion will approach the end of a glass. Here, the whole surface as seen in other zoos is not a grill of iron, some are large glassed. It is the appeal of the Kyoto City Zoo that can sense the power of the beasts which come to your side.
It is just in the middle of sightseeing area in Kyoto
After renewal, the Kyoto City Zoo, which became increasingly attractive, is a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Municipal Subway “Higashiyama Station”. There are “Nanzenji Temple”, “Yamashina Canal”, “Heianjingu Shrine”, “Kyoto Municipal City of Art” etc. in the vicinity, just in the middle of sightseeing in Kyoto. The surrounding landscape is also very good, you can enjoy cherry blossoms and autumn leaves along the canal. Because it is a good zoo with access, please drop in at the end of sightseeing in Kyoto.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Kyoto City Zoo|
|Address:||Okazakihoshojicho Kyoto Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8333 Japan|
|Access:||Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai-sen Line “Higashiyama-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|
|Price/Charge:||600 yen (Adult : Over 16 years old)|
Free (15 years old or younger)
Please refer the official web page.