5 Things to Know about Kyoto Zoo

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Kyoto Zoo is located in Sakyō ward, Kyoto and was built in 1903.  Kyoto zoo is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Kyoto. The zoo is very attractive and a sure hit with children and even the kids at heart. It is a small zoo which only measures 3.4 hectares.


  • Name: Kyoto City Zoo
  • Address: Okazaki Hoshojicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8333, Japan
  • Price: Adult ¥500, Child ¥300
  • Access:  Next to the Municipal Museum of Art
  • Opening hour: 9am-5pm Tue-Sun Mar-Nov, to 4.30pm Dec-Feb
  • Holiday: Mondays, New Year (from December 28th to January 1st)
  • Website: http://www5.city.kyoto.jp/zoo

1. Member of Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA)

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JAZA is a voluntary organization that was established in 1939. It is an organization made for the Japanese zoo and aquarium community with goals of protecting the nature and animals by increasing the awareness through education and outreach programs.  After the damaged brought about by World War II, JAZA started promoting the restoration of aquariums and zoos.

2. Second Oldest Zoo In Japan

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Kyoto Municipal Zoo was built in 1903 and is the second oldest zoo in Kyoto, next to Ueno Zoo. This zoo was established using the donations from the Japanese. There are many new facilities in this zoo like the Ape Room but most animals are housed in cages that were constructed 30-90 years ago.

3. Fairy Land Within The Zoo

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As you explore Kyoto Zoo, you will notice an old-fashioned theme park where they have Ferris wheel and other rides. This mini-park is located in the middle of Kyoto Municipal Zoo. You can enjoy the rides for ¥200. This Fairy Land is an added attraction most especially to kids.

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Source:Kyoto Zoo also has its own Library Cafe. Aside from books, this library also has movies about animals and game facilities as well. This is an interactive way of educating children about animals and nature. Film showing is an effective teaching method because most kids do not enjoy reading books.

5. It Has 170 Different Species Of Animals

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Although relatively small in size, Kyoto Zoo is the home to almost 170 different species of animals. The numbers have increased to more than half, having only 61 species when the zoo opened in 1903. The most popular animal in this zoo is the Lesser panda or red panda. Other animals include the Asian elephant, giraffe, Brazilian tapir, Amur tiger and different birds including swan and peacock.

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