The 10 Best Zoos You Must Visit in Kyushu, Japan

Elephant, Giraffe, and Lion. Everyone loves animals! What is your favorite one? Today, I’m going to introduce 10 zoos in Kyushu area, from Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto and Kagoshima.


1. Nagasaki Bio Park

1. Nagasaki Bio Park
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If you are looking for a zoo where you can actually get closer to animals and pet them with your own hands, this is a great place to go.

Their animals live freely here and you’ll see monkeys walking around and you get to feed hippos. Capybara is one of the popular animals here. The way they take a bath is very adorable!

■Information
Name: Nagasaki Bio Park
Address: 229-1 Nakayamago, Seihicho, Sekai-shi, Nagasaki
Tel: +81-959-27-1090
Access: 70 mins drive from Nagasaki airport

Website: http://www.biopark.co.jp/
Map: Map to Nagasaki Bio Park

2. Itozu no Mori Zoological park

2. Itozu no Mori Zoological park
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A big scale nature in a city! In this place, not only you can meet animals but also plants from all over the world. The forest here is 100 % untouched by humans.

In “Madagascar world” area, you can meet animals which are endangered species. One day might not be enough time!

■Information
Name: Itozu no Mori Zoological Park
Address: 4-1 Kamiitozu, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Tel: +81-93-651-1895
Business hours: 9:00〜17:00

Website: http://www.itozu-zoo.jp/
Map: Map to Itozu no Mori Zoological Park

3. Miyazaki City phoenix Zoo

3. Miyazaki City phoenix Zoo
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In this zoo in Miyazaki city, there are more than 80 kinds, total 1600 animals living here. They always have a special show, such as “Flying Flamingo” and “Walking with an elephant”. Highly recommend for families with children!

■Information
Name: MIyazaki City Phoenix Zoo
Address: 3083-42 Shioji Hanayama, MIyazaki-shi, Miyazaki
Tel: +81-985-39-1306
Business hours: 9:00〜17:00

Website: http://www.miyazaki-city-zoo.jp/
Map: Map to MIyazaki City Phoenix Zoo

4. Takasaki Yama Shizen Dobutsuen

4. Takasaki Yama Shizen Dobutsuen
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In this zoo in Oita, you get to see wild monkeys living there. There is a boss monkey, monkey families, baby monkeys. Even adults will get excited to see them.

Currently 1522 monkeys are living in the mountain and come down to the zoo area. Be aware not to make eye contacts, scare them, or do anything dangerous. Watch your belongings as well.

■Information
Name: Takasaki Yama Shizen Dobutsuen
Address: 3098-1 Kanzaki, Oita-shi, Oita
Tel: +81-97-532-5010
Business hours: 8:30〜17:00

Website: http://www.takasakiyama.jp/
Map: Map to Takasaki Yama Shizen Dobutsuen

5. Piknika Kyowakoku

5. Piknika Kyowakoku
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If you are looking for a place to enjoy with your family, this is the place. You can enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and BBQ.

In this park, there are 50 kinds and total 300 animals living here, so there are so many things to see. Your children will love this place!

■Information
Name: Piknika Kyowakoku
Address:2288 Yagiyama Nagakura, Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka
Te: +81-0948-26-4822
Busines Hours10:00〜17:00 /10:00-18:00 (July and August)

Website: http://piknica.com/
Map: Map to Piknika Kyowakoku

 
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6. Aso Cuddly Minion

6. Aso Cuddly Minion
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If you feel like just watching animals is not enough for you, I recommend this place. They have entertainment shows everyday with no extra charge!

Do you know a monkey called “Pan-kun”? He is a famous monkey on an animal TV show and he is from this zoo. “Animallusion” is a must-see show.

■Information
Name: Cuddly Minion
Address: 2163 Kurokawa, Aso-shi, Kumamoto
Tel: +81-967-34-2020
Business hours:9:30〜17:00 till 17:30 on Sat, Sun, Holiday

Website: http://www.cuddly.co.jp/
Map: Map to Cuddly Minion

7. Kyushu Shizen Dobutsu Koen African Safari

7. Kyushu Shizen Dobutsu Koen African Safari
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They have a petting zoo area, so you can get really close to animals. There is a cat salon where cats from all over the world gathered. With an extra charge, you can get on “Jungle bus”.

It’s like a safari bus and you can see animals living there freely.

■Information
Name: Kyushu Shizen Dobutsu Koen African Safari
Address:2-1755-1 MInami Hata , Ajimumachi, Usa-shi, Oita
Tel: +81-978-48-2331

Website: http://www.africansafari.co.jp/
Map: Map to Kyushu Shizen Dobutsu Koen African Safari

8. Kujyukyu Shima Dobutsu En Mori Kirara

8. Kujyukyu Shima Dobutsu En Mori Kirara
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Recently they opened a building for penguins. There is a big aquarium and you get to see penguins swimming, which is built under the ceiling. So it looks like penguins are flying!

■Information
Name: Kujyukyu Shima Dobutsu En Mori Kirara
Address: 2172 Hunakoshi cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki
Tel: +81-956-28-0011
Busines Hours: 9:00〜17:15

Website: http://www.morikirara.jp/
Map: Map to Kujyukyu Shima Dobutsu En Mori Kirara

9. Takeo Ureno Meruhen Mura

9. Takeo Ureno Meruhen Mura
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There are many small animals in this zoo. In Dobustu land area, you can feed animals such as rabbits, goats, and squirrels. You can enjoy a relaxing time.

■Information
Name: Takeo Ureshino Meruhen Mura
Address: 20040 Nishikawanoboricho Jinroku, Takeo-shi, Saga
Tel: +81-954-28-2835

Website: http://www.marchen-mura.jp/
Map: Map to Takeo Ureshino Meruhen Mura

10. Kurume shi Chorui center

10. Kurume shi Chorui center
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This is a very unique place. 90 % of animals here are birds. More than 76 kinds of birds are living here. You can find new discoveries about birds and it is very fun!

■Information
Name: Kurume shi Chorui center
Address: 1667 Higashi Kushihara machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka
Tel: +81-942-33-2895
Business hours:summer: 9:00〜18:00

Website: http://kurumekoen.org/
Map: Map to Kurume shi Chorui center

Enjoying seeing animals in Kyushu!

Here are top 10 zoos in Kyushu area. Each one is very unique and you’ll have a great time at any place. Enjoy!




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