Nasu Animal Kingdom, Nasu-machi

#1 of 45 in Outdoors in Tochigi Prefecture
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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288 reviews
  • August 17, 2017
    It was the first time I experience there are a lot of dog and cat boarding Zoo capybara. Caked hair stiff was surprising but the kids liked, Pat feeding or watering, enjoyed. At the gate can be moved across the Valley Ranch thumped at was bird performance show. Facing the bleachers placed toward the Valley, Dale mawashi, the bald eagle, Scarlet Macaw, a large bird flew from distant forests, buzzed overhead passing so compelling. And do not have anything. Accommodation and horse-riding and sheep show and enjoy one day. Family with dog large dog, so I saw a lot. It was a fun day weather. Pretty is recommended for families with children.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The staff is nice and snappy. Please children more than adults, a homey Ranch atmosphere. Tropical garden, animals still able to see first-hand, I'm impressed.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Not that crowded, parking was available for the weekend got smoothly. Said, do not expect too much, but than you think in the Kingdom widely too many animals, enjoyed the kids. Capybara not usually touching the face is ugly but very cute singing in cat in the Cathedral, and the ranch to bus to Zowie Zowie and clean. After the comments and saw the sheep show before shearing of sheep to sheep meat and delicious it was, so was very poor. Take tractor bus crowded bus on the way back from the ranch, so the fun attractions. Enough 2 times closer in tropical forests, birds and animals, even though it was humid, kids will become addicted. One of the places you want to go if the opportunity arises.
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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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