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Zoo Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Nasu Animal Kingdom
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Oshima 1042-1
    This zoo is located along Prefectural Route 305 in Oshima, Nasu Town. The “Kingdom Town” is a mostly indoors area, while the “Kingdom Farm” is outdoors. Visitors can interact with the animals and enjoy animal shows. In addition, there’s the “Capybara no Yu” hot spring facility where visitors can soak in the hot water while observing capybaras bathing in an open-air bath. There are also five different restaurants and various shops available.
  • Nasu Safari Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Otsu 3523
    This safari park is located in Takakuhei, Nasu Town. In addition to observing nearly 70 animal species in the ecological exhibits, including lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, and bison, visitors can also enjoy feeding the herbivorous animals. Also, every Saturday from April until the end of October (additional dates during three-day weekends, Golden Week, and summer break), night safaris are held in which visitors can observe the habits of nocturnal animals. It’s also possible to only visit the safari restaurant, where you can enjoy barbecued dishes, curry, rice bowls, noodles, and more.
  • Utsunomiya Zoo
    77 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Kamikanaimachi 552-2
    This zoo in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture has a theme of “Nature, Animals, and Kids.” It raises about 90 animal species, including lions, giraffes, and Asian elephants. You can see the animals up close and feed and pet some of the smaller ones. Pony rides are popular with the kids. There is also an amusement park on the grounds, a pool that’s open in summer, and a winter fishing pond. A visit provides a day of fun for the whole family.

    The zoo has some of the best cherry blossoms in Utsunomiya, totally worth paying for the ticket. As a zoo, however, hmmm... definitely no. Some of the enclosures are way too small, especially the...

  • 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.
  • Nasu Alpaca Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Oshima 1083
    This alpaca farm is located along Prefectural Route 305 in Oshima, Nasu Town. About 400 alpacas are being raised on the expansive grounds of the ranch. Throughout the four seasons, you can enjoy watching the alpacas amidst the natural scenery of Mt. Nasudake.
  • Nasu World Monkey Park
    63 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Kou 6146
    This zoo is located in Takakuko, Nasu Town. Along with several species of monkeys, including Japanese monkeys, lemurs, and squirrel monkeys, there are also elephants, red pandas, parakeets, cats, and a variety of other animals. In addition to a petting area, there’s a “monkey theater” with variety shows featuring monkeys and an “elephant forest” where visitors can ride elephants, along with many other experiences. You’ll also find restaurants that provide various Asian cuisine and shops that sell monkey-themed goods.

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  • Nakagawa Aquatic Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Otawarashi Sarado 2686
    Tochigi Prefecture’s Otawara City is home to the prefecture’s only aquarium. In tanks replicating the ecology of the Nakagawa River, you can see creatures that inhabit a range of environments from the source to the river’s lower reaches. The huge tube-type tunnel aquarium featuring fish from the Amazon River like the enormous arapaima and piranha is a must see. There are many interactive areas as well, including touching tanks where visitors can encounter crayfish and starfish directly.
  • Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway Osarunoyama
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsentaki 834

    A large cage filled with relaxed looking monkeys and nothing else. Walking path was closed due to bear threat. 5 minute activity but costs around 1000 yen.

Tochigi Main Areas


Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi's capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.

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