Local Hot Spot: Kyoto Zoo

Donkey in Kyoto Zoo
Donkey in Kyoto Zoo

Many foreign people imagine old temples & shrines, tofu food, matcha (powdered green tea) and Maiko (Geisha) culture when they think about Kyoto. Japanese people imagine the same. Despite these notions, Kyoto has other attractive spots as well. Kyoto Zoo is one of them. Especially when visiting Kyoto with children, this is going to be very helpful, since kids can be too young to appreciate the historical value of Kyoto. And one of the greatest things about this zoo is that kids (including mid school student) can enter for free.

Here are animals the Kyoto Zoo boasts (as of this writing): Flamingo, Northern Bald Ibis, Giraffe, Zebra, Meerkat, Hippo, Fennec Fox, Red Panda, Bush Dog, Parrot, Sheep, Goat, Pig, Turtle, Penguin, Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Mandrill, Gibbon, Lemur, Capuchin, Rhesus Monkey, Owl, Snake, Elephant, Crane, Brazilian Tapir, Goral, Tiger, Lion, Tsushima Leopard Cat, Jaguar.

Giraffe in Kyoto Zoo
Giraffe in Kyoto Zoo
Zebra in Kyoto Zoo
Zebra in Kyoto Zoo
Elephant in Kyoto Zoo
Elephant in Kyoto Zoo
Jaguar in Kyoto Zoo
Jaguar in Kyoto Zoo

Price: 600 yen/adult, free/under mid school student
Open Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (March – November) 9:00 – 16:30 (December – February)
Closed on: Mainly Mondays (When it is on national holiday, the following Tuesday is closed) December 28th – January 1st
The nearest station: Higashiyama Station (Subway Tozai)
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