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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
[SaturdaySundayPublic holiday] 9:30-17:30
[Mid-Oct.-Next Mid-Mar.] 10:00-16:30

Review of Cuddly Dominion

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
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...
Reviewed:2019/12/15 Very Sad to see bears like this
I went here hoping to see conservation and happy animals. How wrong I was. On entering the first thing I saw was a bear in a small cage pacing backwards and forwards, which put me off straight away...
Reviewed:2019/11/17 Sad!! A lots of bears but ...
It’s a nice place but I pity the bears. There are too many bears in the enclosure. Should have more space for them to move around. Love the helicopter ride.

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Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 2163 [ map ]
Aso / KurokawaArea
[Weekday] 9:30-17:00
[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 Set] Adults (High School Students and above) 2,400yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students1,300yen, Child (3 years old and over) 700yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Other (Available Smoking Area)
Available (Mamoto Free Wi-Fi)
English Menu
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes (free umbrella available)
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
120 minutes or more
Wheelchair accessible
Available (Manual, electric assist wheelchair available)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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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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