Kobe Animal Kingdom, Kobe

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#1 of 57 in Outdoors in Hyogo Prefecture
Pet an alpaca, play with raccoons, and talk to birds at Kobe Animal Kingdom, an all-weather animal and flower park located on Port Island. Spanning some 4 ha (10 ac), the park features rare birds and animals housed in 16,000 sq m (172,222 sq ft) of greenhouse space, with fully blooming flowers all year round. As you wander through the child-friendly site, you can touch and feed various species, enjoy water lilies and begonias, and see one of the largest owl enclosures in the world. Walk for 15 minutes from Hanshin Kosoku/Kyobashi interchange to reach the park. To visit Kobe Animal Kingdom on your trip to Kobe, use our Kobe travel route planner .
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  • For a small scaled zoo, it was impressive how well they have done to keep their animals healthy and happy! Given so much close interaction with humans and between different animals, everyone was activ...  more »
  • Easy access to the premises at flat, many toilets. Strange flower are nicely decorated, clean environment. Is no more animals, just look around, petting animals and animal shows, so quickly it is because time elapses between the times you want to visit.
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  • Outdoors so it isn't cold season is recommended. Mr. shoebill is near the entrance to first of all at impressive stock. Was impressed when Mr. shoebill almost immobile has been graced with big wings. Separated over time variety show is being held, but bird show is featured in the head just to fly in the thrilling show.
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  • I went there with my parents on a sunny weekday. Although it is not very big, you still can find many animals there. Facilities are good and well managed. They let most of the animals walking freely in their own habitats. If you like, you could touch them or get close to them (hand washing facilities are right at each gate). Shows are available. Worth to visit
  • In theory, it's a lovely idea. In practice, the animals are placed in tiny enclosures and are constantly subjected to petting, screaming, pointing. It's great if you don't give a damn about animals and their well being. The cats and dogs in the petting area looks so exhausted, I walked past the area numerous times during the day and the cats and dogs were both just lying on the mats and floor lifelessly. When you try to pat them, they were all unresponsive. It just doesn't seem normal, unless they were somewhat sedated. It just didn't feel right.
  • Great facilities, beautifully designed, friendly staff, many animals to feed and pet. However some enclosures seem too small. Some of the petting animals also seem sedated or very unhappy looking. Slightly heartbreaking if you love animals.
  • Super-sized petting zoo! A must-see if you have children, since they can feed the animals and get up close. They have discount coupons for entry floating around, that reduce the entry price, but its definitely good for at least a half day of amusement.
  • A good place to spend the day, bird's, animals, walk freely among you.Dineing area has a buffet, 🍺 bring a camera.

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