If your kids are strangely unimpressed by the subtleties of Buddhist temples, the Kyoto City Zoo can be a godsend.
Indian Peafowl © kuribo
There’s no getting around it: zoos in Japan are depressing places. Animals are kept in small pens and conditions are usually pretty dire. They’re a far cry from places like the Singapore Zoo or the San Diego Zoo. Still, it’s the rare child who doesn’t thrill to the sight of a real live gorilla, giraffe or tiger, and the Kyoto City Zoo has all of these and more. If you can swallow your ethical qualms for a while, this is a great place to keep your kids entertained for a few hours.
Hoshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku
9am-5pm, last entry 4:30pm March- November
9am-4:30pm, last entry 4pm December-Februrary
Closed Monday and new year holiday
Junior high school students and younger: Free
Non-smoking area: Yes
3min walk from Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station
10min walk from Higashiyama Station, Tozai subway line
Official Website (Japanese)
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