Kyoto Municipal Zoo is Japan's second largest zoo. By American standards, it seems quite small. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo is Japan's largest zoo. Kyoto Zoo is the second oldest zoo in Japan.
Kyoto's zoo is located in Okazaki Park close to The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Heian Shrine, and Nanzenji Temple.
The zoo is home to roughly 700 animals.
It opened in April 1903 and retains a bit aged feel.
Some of the conditions in which the animals are housed are not ideal - barren concrete floors are standard - but it is for the most part a good day out.
Okazaki, Hoshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Telephone : 075 771 0210
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (March - November)
General: 500 yen
Junior High School Students: 300 yen
Elementary School Students and under: Free
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