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Kyoto Municipal Zoo, Kyoto

(2.9/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Explore the extensive grounds of Kyoto Municipal Zoo, home to 700 animals of more than 170 species. Observe exotic creatures like lions and tigers, as well as chimpanzees and orangutans. In addition to the living creatures, you can also view skeletons and glean information on some of the zoo's formers residents in the animal data room. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, where they can meet rabbits, goats, and miniature pigs. With our international travel planner, Kyoto attractions like Kyoto Municipal Zoo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It is positioned as one of the cultural institutions of the Kyoto Heian Jingu Shrine, Museum of art, Kyoto, Japan's second oldest Zoo. I think facilities left over from before the renovation "monkey", "small amusement", "Fountain", forest elephant, newly formed the African Veld, nostalgic and new appearance to the parents and children to enjoy together. Weekly, weekend and set the animals eating time, hear the story of the keeper. It is recommended to visit and check the homepage specials from time to time, we can. Buffet restaurants in slow Jet coffee is a coffee shop in the facility came from Tokyo, Ken brood area for seasonal vegetarian.
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  • Is a small Zoo, but compact and easy to explore. 0-is perfect for the 3-year-old child so tirelessly. Admission: adults 600 yen, children free of charge. Have a small Ferris wheel.
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  • We were interested in going to a zoo. The cheap entry fee was our first clue that this may not be an enjoyable experience. My wife and I felt depressed as we walked through the zoo. The big cats in pa...  more »
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  • Kyoto zoo is fairly small, but has a good assortment of animals and would be best for kids. My main issue with the zoo is it's care and enclosures. Unlike say, Ueno Zoo, the enclosures are not modern at all and seem somewhat poorly maintained. A number of the animals also seemed to be in questionable health as well.. not necessarily sick but underweight and stressed. Many of the enclosure lack adequate cover for the animals and some of the things that were being fed seemed questionable to me as well. I am not an animal husbandry expert, this is just my opinion based upon experience working with zoos, pet shops, etc. That being said, it is not a bad zoo and the 600yen cover charge is quite reasinable. Definitely worth a look if you enjoy animals.
  • I am not a big fan of zoos in general; I always feel the animals deserve more space and a more natural environment. The Kyoto City Zoo is no exception. Some of the exhibits, such as the gorillas and the chimpanzees, are quite good. The animals are in a fairly comfortable environment and yet easy to see. Other exhibits, such as the big cats and the Japanese macaques were just depressing. Overall, it is a clean and well-managed facility, but that is just par for the course in Japan.
  • Very good recreational facility for people of all ages to enjoy and learn together. This is surely way better choice than visiting monkey park of Mt. Awata in Arashiyama. Kyoto municipal zoo rocks. ( TGM Kyoto Guide )
  • Great zoo, good for kids. Carnival rides in the middle. Some enclosures seem quite small.
  • Small. Good for kids. But mature person will find it sad for various reasons. Lions and tigers are so skinny, I don't know why! Unexpected in Japan.