Zoo Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Aso Cuddly Dominion
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    4.0
    180 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 2163
    Located on a sprawling plot of land at the foot of Mt. Aso, this zoo boasts nearly 500 specimens from approximately 100 species, including about 200 bears. It is famous for the chimpanzee Pan-kun, his daughter Purin-chan, and the dog James (currently James II), all of whom have appeared on television programs. It offers visitors many opportunities to get close and personal with the animals, including an exhibit where they can experience feeding the bears as well as a dog and cat petting facility.

    Overcrowding and unnatural forced interactions for the animals. It’s all under the guise of being cute, and one probably wouldn’t recognize the problems unless familiar with signs of distress in...

  • Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
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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.

    For some of the animals the cages are tiny. Seeing how depressed and lonely some of the animals looked whilst children jeered and tormented them was was a horrible experience. This experience changed...

  • Fureai Animal Kingdom
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Kawayo 5579-3

    熊本地震前は結構お客さんもいるイメージがありましたが、やはり熊本地震があってからは、お客さんが少なかったですね。いろいろな小動物とふれあうことができるので動物が好きな人には良いですね。早く復興してたくさんの観光客が戻ってくることを祈りたいと思います。

  • Minami Aso Fureai Zoo Fairy Tale
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    Kumamoto Aso-gun Takamorimachi Shikimi 2408-1

Kumamoto Areas

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Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.

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