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Kyoto City Zoo (京都市動物園)

A zoo established by the city of Kyoto located in the Okazaki area of Sakyo Ward. This historic zoo was the second to be opened in the country, having begun operating in 1903. The zoo is dedicated to animal breeding and has achieved the first successful breeding in Japan of species such as lions, tigers, western lowland gorillas, and lar gibbons. The zoo houses numerous exhibits only found here, including an Asian elephant herd in the Forest of Elephants and a Gorilla House where visitors can see gorillas learning with the use of touch panels, a first in Japan. In the Otogi no Kuni (Fairy Land) exhibit Animals, used to the presence of humans such as domesticated farm animals can be viewed up close and touched, providing visitors to have fun while learning about the preciousness of life.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihoushoujichou In Okazaki Park (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

phone 0757710210

[Mar.--Nov.] 9:00-17:00
[Dec.--Feb.] 9:00-16:30
* Last entry is 30 minutes Closed

Review of Kyoto Municipal Zoo

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/12/28 Quality animals
Decided to make a trip down to this zoo though we were staying in Osaka. It was free for my 2 school going kids. Its a clean and renovated zoo. Location was good with so many scenic views to take...
Reviewed:2019/06/27 Clean zoo, but sad location for felines
We spent a good time.

The zoo is very clean but there is a serious issue with the felines.

They are enclosed in the cage that has to measure only between 50-100sqm2. Very sad for them. Their life...
Reviewed:2019/06/06 Take a break from temples and shrines.
My daughter was tired of temples and shrines in Kyoto for two days, so we decided to end the visit with a sensual pleasure - a zoo. Kyoto zoo is small only 4 hectares and you can get around it in 2...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihoushoujichou In Okazaki Park [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
[Mar.--Nov.] 9:00-17:00
[Dec.--Feb.] 9:00-16:30
* Last entry is 30 minutes Closed
Monday (Next Weekday if Public holiday), 12/28-1/1 (Open if 1/2 or 1/3 is Monday and 1/4 closed)
[Admission fee]
[General] 620yen
[Up to Junior high school student] Free
Parking Lot
Not available
Credit Card
Available (Shunsai Shokuken Hinano, Mirai House, Goriland)
Not available
Available (front and near East Entrance)
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Not available
Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of April 23, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.