Visitors from the US and their children dragged us to the Kyoto Zoo last month.
Located in the beautiful museum area of Okazaki, the zoo is fun day out - as long as you are not an animal rights activist.
Many arrive either via bus or subway, or on their bicycle. The picture above right is the main entrance. Aside from the brutal way in which the trees have been pruned - standard for all street trees in Japan - what is most striking is the mess of bikes in front of the entrance.
Once inside, the zoo is reasonably large considering that is right in the middle of a Japanese city.
The zoo houses 700 animals, of which there are more than 170 species. The zoo grounds also has a picnic area and a library.
Take the Tozai subway line to Higashiyama or Keage. From either station, it is a ten-minute walk.
Okazaki, Hoshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 606-8333
Telephone : 075 771 0210
Open 9 - 5. Closed Mondays and at the end of the year.
General Fee: 500 yen
Junior High School Students: 300 yen
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009