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    Japan, an island country in East Asia, is a beautiful blend of traditions and modernity. This volcanic archipelago has quite a dramatic landscape with mountains, hot springs, and more. The highly efficient bullet train network runs from the southern end of the island to the northernmost tip, making it quite easy for one to get around here. And if one is traveling to the island with kids, then Japan zoos are great attractions that one should definitely explore. Have a look at some of the top zoos in Japan and add them to your list of places to visit on the island.

    8 Best Japan Zoos

    There are some amazing zoos in Japan, sprawling over huge areas and housing some of the most magnificent species of animals. Have a look.

    1. Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo

    Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo

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    Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo is one of the first and therefore the oldest zoos that was opened on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Opened in May 1951, the zoo is situated within Maruyama Park. Sprawling over an area of 22.5 ha, this zoo has quite a variety of animals. There are around 168 different species that one can view here including a bear house which has 6 different species of bears. There is also a petting zoo which houses sheep and goats.

    Location: Sapporo
    Timings: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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    2. Ueno Zoo

    Ueno Zoo

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    One of the oldest zoos in Japan, Ueno Zoological Gardens began its operations in 1882. Housing over 3,000 animals and 400 different species, it is a great place to visit in Japan with kids. This is one of the zoos in Japan with pandas and the first time when the pandas arrived here from China was back in 1972. One can experience nature and wildlife from up close at Gorilla Woods and Tiger Forest here! One can also see pygmy hippos here, which are otherwise an endangered species in the wild.

    Location: Tokyo
    Timings: 9:30 AM – 5 PM (Monday closed)

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    3. Fuji Safari Park

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    If one wants to enjoy a safari in Japan, then Fuji Safari Park is where animals roam freely, and one can experience a safari. Situated on the southern slopes of Mount Fuji is this park, the Fuji Safari Park. It is also one of the largest and famous parks in Japan. One can explore this place via different mediums like one’s own car, a bus or on foot. There are no additional charges if one wants to drive through in their own car. Sport utility vehicles are also available at the park which come with a navigation system for self guided tours. All in all, it is a great place for a safari tour!

    Location: Susono
    Timings: 9 AM – 4:30 PM

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    4. Nogeyama Zoo

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    Situated in Nogeyama Park, Nogeyama Zoo allows free entry. The park is on a hilltop in a quiet residential area and has green calm environs. Sprawling over an area of 8 acres, Nogeyama is the first zoo that opened in Yokohama in 1951. The zoo has various interactive programs and an area where children can interact with the smaller animals. During the summer months, one can also experience a Night Zoo here. Altogether the zoo is a great treat!

    Location: Yokohama
    Timings: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Monday closed)

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    5. Zoorasia


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    Zoorasia, established in 1999, is one of the most well kept zoos in Japan. More than a zoo, it feels like a walking safari. The park has various themed areas and one can go around in the bus to see these places. The zoo has a few areas for kids to play, and restaurants and cafes to eat. The nature trails here are beautiful and one can explore this amazing zoo on foot. Other attractions here are the bird show, animal feedings and a camel ride which can be enjoyed at an additional charge.

    Location: Yokohama
    Timings: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Tuesday closed)

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    6. Tobe Zoological Park

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    Tobe Zoological Park is one of the best zoos in Japan which is divided into different parts, each having an attraction of its own. There is America Street which have animals native to America which includes llamas and Bear Street which has sea lions, brown bears, and the polar bear, the highlight of this place! The Water Zone is another favorite place for the visitors where one can enjoy watching the penguins swim and play. There are more such zones here, so visit the zoo and explore for yourself!

    Location: Tobe
    Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM (Monday closed)

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    7. Tama Zoological Park

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    Famously known as Tama Zoo, it opened as a branch of Ueno Zoo in May 1958. Spread over a huge area of around 130 acres, the zoo lets the animals roam around freely, in a much more natural environment. There are various zones in the zoo, and each has its own attraction. The Asian Garden has Orangutan Skywalk which houses species of apes native to Malaysia and Indonesia and then there is Raptor Enclosure in the same zone where one can watch the magnificent golden and white-tailed eagles. The same way there is African and Australian zone with attractions of its own!

    Location: Hino
    Timings: 9:30 AM – 5 PM (Wednesday closed)

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    8. African Safari

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    One of Japan’s largest Safari Park, African Safari houses around 70 species and 1400 animals which include bears, lions, cheetahs, bison, deer, giraffes, elephants, gazelles, camels, and rhinos. Here, the people or visitors are enclosed, while the animals roam around freely. One can explore the place either in their own car or take the park bus. The buses are designer buses, in the shape of animals, and have metal bars upon them. But one can open the window panes, and also feed some animals in the park. There are various eateries and a souvenir store too at this park!

    Location: Usa
    Timings: 9 AM – 7:20 PM

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    Excited to meet the pandas in Japan? Head to these amazing Japan zoos with your folks and have a great time experiencing nature from up close! Book a trip to Japan with TravelTriangle for a hassle free holiday and have an exciting time exploring the wildlife in Japan!

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