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  • Japan Snake Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Otashi Yabudukachou 3318
    This is the only research and exhibition facility in Japan which specializes in snakes. It is located approximately 10 minutes' walk from the Tobu Kiryu Line's Yabuzuka Station. Its main purpose is the research and uses of venomous snakes, and in the Venomous Snake Terrarium, visitors can see King Cobras, Rattlesnakes and other snakes from around the world. In the Orochi Terrarium, large snakes such as the yellow anaconda and alligator snapping turtles are on display. Viper venom extraction demonstrations are held on weekends and national holidays in the Antivenom Room.
  • Higashi Tsukuba Yuutopia
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Yoshiu 2730-3
    A nature park and zoo located next to the Saikoin Temple northeast of Mt. Tsukuba a 25-minute drive from the Tsuchiura-kita interchange. The zoo's shows, featuring monkeys, wild boar, and cats, are particularly popular. In the petting zoo area, visitors can play with rabbits and other small animals and see ponies and bears up close. The park also has a cafe and walking paths. In addition, the park, situated among the mountains, boasts excellent scenery and visitors can enjoy seasonal sights like azaleas and fall foliage. Lastly, the park offers outdoor activities like paragliding.

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  • Mooka Risumura Fureai-no-Sato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Mokashi Higashigou 755
    A zoo in Moka City, Tochigi Prefecture. Come to feed and pet smaller animals like squirrels and rabbits. With a steam locomotive open for rides and BBQ facilities this is a popular location for families to visit. Also on the grounds is the Moka Fureai Museum which has works by traveler-poet Sunaga Hiroshi on display.
  • Sayuri World
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Chiba Pref. Ichiharashi Yamakogawa 771
    This zoo is five minutes on foot from the Ichihara Elephant Kingdom. It lets you get up close to animals like giraffes, capybaras, and kangaroos in a free-range environment. There's a Bed and Breakfast for those with zoo memberships. Admission tickets are shared with Ichihara Elephant Kingdom.
  • Sayama City Chikozan Park Children's Zoo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Sayamashi Kashiwabara 864-1
    A zoo located in Chikozan Park in Kashiwabara, Sayama City. The zoo cares for various mammals, birds, turtles, snakes, and freshwater fish. In the petting zoo, visitors can meet guinea pigs, baby chicks, and goats. The zoo also offers pony rides and feeding.
  • Awaji Island Monkey Center
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Hatadagumi 289
    "A facility where visitors can watch the Japanese macaques which live in the Kashiwara Mountains on the southeast side of Awaji Island. The facility is located a 40-minute drive on National Route 28 from the Seidan-Mihara interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. The monkeys come down from the mountains each morning around 9:00 and return around 17:00. Particularly in winter when there is little food to be found in the mountains, many monkeys come here looking for something to eat, giving visitors a strong chance of being able to see some. The monkeys get along well with each other and on cold evenings visitors may be able to catch sight of them huddling together in a phenomenon locals call ""saru dango"" (""monkey dumplings""). The season for monkey watching is from December to August."

    our hosts took us to this island and took us to the monkey centre. It was really great experience as they monkeys are pretty chilled and they can only be fed from inside the cage.

  • Himeji City Zoo
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    3.0
    189 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This zoo is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. They have about 30 species, 150 and more of mammals, including elephants and giraffes, over 60 species and 200 of birds such as penguins and flamingos, and more than 10 types of reptiles. Visitors can interact with the animals twice a day in their Fureai Hiroba area. They also have over 10 attractions including a Ferris wheel and a monorail, as well as a room that exhibits taxidermy.

    When entering the grounds of Himeji Castle, my two year old son screamed excitedly “ANIMALS!!!” He has seen the sign for Himeji City Zoo. My husband and I decided we’d go to the zoo before going to...

  • Kushiro City Zoo
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchoushimoninishibetsu 11
    This zoo is approximately 10 minutes by car from Kushiro Airport. In addition to exhibiting popular animals such as polar bears, Amur (Siberian) tigers, alpaca and Japanese macaques, it also has a zone featuring precious animals from Hokkaido such as Japanese cranes, Hokkaido brown bears, and Japanese flying squirrels, and visitors can observe the animals relaxed and carefree surrounded by beautiful nature. “Pakupaku Time” where visitors can watch animals eating is held every day. Special events such as the Sled Riding Tournament and Treasure Hunt are planned in the winter.

    The zoo is a great value, only costing about 4 USD. It has a wide range of animals, all within a convient walk. We went during a Monday and there was a lot of staff working there. They also have...

  • Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Oitashi Kanzaki 3098-1
    Approximately a three-minute walk from the Takasakiyama bus stop, this zoo is located at the foot of Mt. Takasaki, with a distinctive shape reminiscent of a bell-shape. It is believed that wild monkeys lived in the area since at least around 1698 because of their description in documents from that time. The mayor of Oita City thought it could be used as a tourism resource and to prevent damage to agricultural crops in 1952, so they began to get gathered up with bait. There are currently two groups that have a total of 1,000 monkeys. In addition to being able to watch friendly monkeys up close, the potato feeding that happens twice a day is a must-see.

    I have never thought that monkeys can live in the free territory and come when tourists want to see them. First, I was looking around for the fence wondering how people can keep them. I really...

  • Mt. Takao Monkey Park and Wild Plant Garden
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Hachioujishi Takaomachi 2179
    Ride the cable car up Mt. Takao to the Mt. Takao Monkey Park and Wild Plant Garden. Come and get a close look the habitat and behavior of over 70 different types of monkeys. The handlers also hold special performances with some of the trained monkeys. Then check out the Wild Plant Garden with over 300 different types of wild plants. Experience a different scene each season and the rich nature of Mt. Takao. Incredibly popular for Golden Week excursions in May.

    Not sure what I was expecting but the site quite small. Monkeys were great. Just don't expect to spend much more than an hour here.

  • North Safari Sapporo
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    3.5
    130 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Toyotaki 469-1
    A safari park in Minami Ward, Sapporo City. Here you can get up close with many kinds of rare wild animals and reptiles. In the on-site Kitchen Savanna restaurant you can try some of their bizarre food such as fried geckos and fried coconut worms! They also have plenty of more usual foods on the menu so no need to worry! Opening times differ depending on the month so it’s worth checking first before you go.

    I went here because I saw on TV that a baby bear had been born. The zoo turned out to be very different from what I expected. It was interesting to see so many animals up close and even go inside...

  • Obihiro Zoo
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Midorigaoka 2
    This is Hokkaido's second ever zoo, located inside Obihiro City's Midori ga Oka Park. It (all 70 kinds of animals) includes Japan's first cold-resistant tropical animal rearing program, with Hokkaido's only elephant. There are also rides like a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, as well as regular events like Zoo Keeper for a Day, to keep animal lovers coming back for more!

    Went with 2 children. Wasn't expecting much. The zoo is small and located next to various parks and small museums. The parts we enjoyed the most was the aviary that had small birds flying freely...

  • Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshihigashiku Kengun 5-14-2
    This park is divided into the three zones of animal petting zone, seasonal flowers vegetation zone, and amusement park zone. Now, due to reconstruction work following the Kumamoto earthquake, the flower bed around the botanical garden, animal petting area, part of animal museum exhibition area (elephants, giraffes) and part of the amusement park have been opened free to the public. It is around a 10-minute walk from the Kumamoto tram’s Doshokubutsuen Irigiuchi Station.
  • Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Shioji Hamayama 3083 - 42
    This zoo opened in 1971 and houses 1,600 animals of 80 different kinds. Inside there is an Asian elephant exhibition, African park, camel park, ape house and children’s animal village, and with the various exhibitions, amusement park, restaurants and shops available, one can certainly enjoy the whole day here. During summer the entrance fee also allows visitors to use the 200-meter-long water-slide equipped pool, which is crowded with children every year.

    I stayed at Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort nearby and get to this zoo by free hotel shuttle bus. So it’s easy to get access to. I spent half day (almost 5 hours) from 12:00noon to 5:00pm with my...

  • Omuta City Zoo
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Omutashi Shouwamachi 163
    This is a zoo surrounded by the lush nature of Enmei Park, located in just about the center of Omuta City. Inside are lions, tigers and squirrel monkeys, as well as a children’s amusement park with merry-go-rounds, a viewing platform and a picnic area, making it a place loved by people of all ages and families with children most of all. Popular events include animal petting activities.

    子どもと行くにはちょうど良いかと思う。 駐車場も広いので、困ることはない。 行った日はライオンのショーがありました。

  • Kujukushima Zoo and Botanical Garden, Mori Kirara
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Funakoshichou 2172
    Founded in 1961 as Sasebo Municipal Subtropical Zoo and Botanical Garden, this park was renamed Kujukushima Zoo and Botanical Garden, Mori Kirara fifty years later. The theme of its displays is “Kujukushima: Nature and Healing.” Its penguin pavilion opened in 2014 with Japan’s first ultra shallow water tank, which allows visitors to observe the penguins’ lives fully. Furthermore, the park’s Rose Festivals, held in spring and autumn in the Rose Garden, are well known.
  • Fukuchiyama City Zoo
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Fukuchiyamashi Izaki 377-1
    Fukuchiyama City Zoo is the only zoo in Northern Kinki and Sanin. There is a large pond nearby, and it's known for letting you get close to the animals. Their Japanese macaques are a favorite, and you can see them in their natural social groups at the facility's Monkey Island.

    Nothing spectacular but ok for such a small town. There are couple of new facilities for the animals but generally very old. Very nice people working there so you feel welcomed. Kids liked it that's...

  • Okinawa Zoo & Museum
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    Okinawa Pref. Okinawashi Goya 5-7-1
    This theme park features both a zoo and a facility for nurturing children’s knowledge and sensitivity. The zoo features over 200 different species of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles that visitors can observe up close. Visitors can also receive opportunities to come into direct contact with some smaller species. The Wonder Museum contains workshops for children and hands-on exhibitions, allowing them to have fun and learn at the same time.
  • Yumemigasaki Zoological Park
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    4.0
    125 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Kawasakishi Saiwai-ku Minamikase 1-2-1
    Located in Saiwai District, Kawasaki City, this zoo has no entrance fee. In this park, abundant with natural greenery, are housed 61 types of animals. The lesser panda is one of the most popular with children. Seasonal activities are held year round. The spring zoo festival is one of the most popular. The opportunity to feed the animals, interact with the animals at the touching zoo, and a quiz corner are regular events as well.

    This Zoo is free.I often visit there with my kids on the weekends. Zebras, Penguins, Lesser Pandas, Rin tail lemurs are there. the zoo also has a field to play children or picnicking.

  • Ouchiyama Zoo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Wataraiguntaikichou Ouchiyama 530-4
    A zoo where everything from lions to carps live in an area surrounded by natural woodland. Opened in 1973, this extremely rare zoo is operated privately. The zoo cares for injured animals and animals which had no place elsewhere to go after the original zoo they were kept at closed. Visitors can also take commemorative pictures with and feed a variety of animals, such as hamadryas baboons.

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