Aso Cuddly Dominion

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.

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Aso Area
[SaturdaySundayPublic holiday]9:30-17:30
[Mid-Oct.-Next Mid-Mar.]10:00-16:30
Dec.- Feb. Wednesday (excluding winter holidays and public holidays)
[Admission ticket] Adults (High School Students and above) 2,600 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 1,400 yen, Child (3 years old and above) 800 yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available(VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Available(Smoking areaAvailable)
Available(Kumamoto Free Wi-Fi)
English Menu
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes (free umbrella rental available)
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
120 minutes or more
Wheelchair accessible
Available (manual and electric assist wheelchairs available for rental)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

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  • Appalling abuse of the animals
    1.0 Reviewed : 2020.04.04
    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...
  • Please dont support this place.
    1.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.12
    Like many reviewers before me, we went to Cuddly Dominion for its affordable helicopter ride over Mount Aso. It came as a recommendation from a friend so we did not do any further research. Had we...
  • Terrible conditions for bears
    1.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.16
    Sadly this was not what we expected, the first bear we saw, a large brown in a small cage was pacing back and forth continually, a sign of stress.The other bear enclosures were also sparse with...

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