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Aso Cuddly Dominion (阿蘇カドリー・ドミニオン)

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.


Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 2163 (Aso / KurokawaArea)

phone 0967342020

[Weekday] 9:30-17:00
[Saturday Sunday Public holiday] 9:30-17:30
[Mid-Oct.-Next Mid-Mar.] 10:00-16:30

Review of Cuddly Dominion

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/04/04 Appalling abuse of the animals
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...
Reviewed:2020/02/12 Please dont support this place.
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...
Reviewed:2019/12/16 Terrible conditions for bears
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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Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 2163 [map]
Aso / KurokawaArea
[Weekday] 9:30-17:00
[Saturday Sunday Public 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) 2,400yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 1,300yen, Child (3 years old and above) 700yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Others (Smoking area Available)
Available (Kumamoto Free Wi-Fi)
English Menu
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 8, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
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
Possible (manual, electric assist wheelchair rental possible)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Kumamoto Areas


          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.