Kyoto City Zoo

Description: 
In the middle of a temples ans shrines forest like Kyoto, you will be surely excited to hear about the existence of a nature relating entertainment like Kyoto City Zoo. Proud to be the second largest zoo in Japan only after Tokyo’s Uneo Zoo, Kyoto City Zoo occupies a vast area of Okazaki Park by a grandiose collection of animals, from the rarest specie in Japan and even over the world to strange looking ones or lovely livestock. Living over 100 years, the zoo promises to bring the funniest moment to you, your families and your children.

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Source: Kyoto City Zoo

Kyoto City Zoo was founded on April 1st 1903, starting at 61 species with 238 animals. This number was not so modest at that time with a zoo. The year 1910, the zoo witnessed an impressive birth of two lions which were known as the very first to be born in Japan. Not only this lion pair, hippopotamus also marked its first birth in Japan in 1933 at Kyoto City Zoo however, it died soon in the regret of all the staffs and locals around. When the World War II flooded Japan, Japanese zoos were forced to kill a part of their animals. At that time, Kyoto City Zoo had to give up all bears, lions, tigers and leopards. It must be the most terrible memory of the zoo. Fortunately, the zoo has recovered positively after this event and it continued to see the first birth of a gorilla called Mac in Japan in 1970.

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Source: Kyoto City Zoo

Kyoto City Zoo seems to be a unique as it was mainly constructed from donations of Kyoto locals. This fact shows clearly the love of Kyoto people for nature and animals, creating basis for the efforts on animal observation. By now, the total number of animals inside the zoo has reaches more than 700, representing 170 different species. According to a survey about the love of visitors for kinds of animal at Kyoto City Zoo, the red panda ranks the first position, thanks for its loveliness and cuteness. At almost all time of day, you will catch them sleeping lazily or walking lowly around, eating fruits and insects. The amur tiger which is believed to be the strongest in the world is also present at Kyoto city zoo, living together with lion and black jaquar inside the zone of Savage animal world. Giraffe lives at Africa’s Savannas zone with zebra. Under the summer sunshine, they rise their long neck to take leaves from tall trees, making a interesting scene inside the pens. Besides, there are also Asia elephant, Brazillian tapir and monkey.

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Source: Kyoto City Zoo

There is a separate zone for children called Children’s zoo holding lovely animals like goat, sheep or pig for your kids to touch and have funny time. Kyoto City Zoo also feature a library where you can watch movies and books about animals. Beside playing with animals, visitors enjoy the view of cherry blossoms within the zoo ground.

Open time: 
-From March to November: from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
-From December to February: from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Closing days: Mondays or the following Tuesday if Monday is a day-off, New Year holiday
Admission: 
-Adult: 600 yen
-Junior high school student and younger: Free
How to access: 
-Take Kyoto city bus No.5 from Kyoto station and get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae Stop then take a 3 minute walk.
-Take a 10 minute walk from Higashiyama Station on Tozai subway line