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Nasu Animal Kingdom, Nasu-machi

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#1 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Tochigi Prefecture
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Watch animals play with humans and hunt at Nasu Animal Kingdom, an open-air zoo spanning 43 ha (107 ac) and housing 600 animals from 150 species. Enjoy the show of dogs playing with frisbees, then see cats walk the tightrope, climb trees, hop through hoops, and maneuver around obstacles. You can also watch New Zealand shepherd dogs at work as they guide herds at the direction of the rancher’s whistle blows. A total of six different performances demonstrate an intimate bond between animals and their trainers, with children able to pet some of the friendly animals. Make your reservation a day ahead, then take the free shuttle bus from Nasu Garden outlet via Nasushiobara station. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Nasu-machi holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Nasu Animal Kingdom and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Where to stay in Nasu-machi

Most accommodations lie close to the hot springs of Nasu-machi and the surrounding areas, with seven in total to choose from. Hotels and ryokans close to them come in modern and traditional forms, with the more luxurious boasting onsens. Shoestring travelers will find a few budget-friendly options, opening up the quintessentially Japanese experience to all. Campgrounds offer a particularly wild experience, with some more glamorous sites alongside traditional budget pitches.
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  • Quite a nice pet zoo. Don't have wild animals like lion , tiger or elephant . Children can pet or touch animals. Show performance are nice . Entrance fee are expensive. We get half price discount as w...  more »
  • While I dont disagree with the treatment of certain animals within the kingdom, this is comparatively better than similar places elsewhere in the world. More importantly, one could treat this as a way...  more »
  • Nasu Animal Kingdom has a huge area for both indoor and outdoor animals . I love the shows so much .  more »