Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

This attraction has a zoo with 125+ species, a greenhouse with gardens & an amusement park. A “forest where you can meet the animals of the world” surrounded by nature in the middle of a city. There are tons of popular animals at this zoo! From tiny medaka fish to huge elephants, it is home to the largest number of animals in Japan.

Come and see the wide variety of animals. There are many facilities, including the gorilla and chimpanzee house—home to famously handsome gorilla Shabani—the Asian elephant house, and the koala house. Here, you can not only watch the animals, but also learn about their ecologies and habitats through educational displays, so you can learn while having fun.
Including the greenhouse and the natural woods on the hillsides, the botanical garden is home to around 7,000 species of plants.

The cherry blossom pathway has around 1,000 cherry trees of about 100 different species, which all bloom in the spring. In the fall, around 500 trees—mainly surrounding the back pond and Japanese-style garden—burst into color and become one of the city’s best fall foliage spots. Besides that, there is a camellia garden, rose garden, field of flowers, and more landscapes that can be enjoyed in different seasons.

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  • Saturday09:00 - 16:30
  • Sunday09:00 - 16:30
  • Monday09:00 - 16:30
  • Tuesday09:00 - 16:30
  • Wednesday09:00 - 16:30
  • Thursday09:00 - 16:30
  • Friday09:00 - 16:30
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