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Hirakawa Zoological Park

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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South of Kagoshima City - 30 mins by train, 10mins by bus.

Great value when we visited. Zoo only entrance fee is 500en for adults, 100en for kids!!! Felt... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Fukuoka City, Japan
A spacious zoo in Kagoshima

The Hirakawa zoo is fairly easy to get to via train and/or bus. Ask for a map from the... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2016
Osaka, Japan
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  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
5 Mar 2018
“The Best zoo I have ever visited!”
4 Jan 2018
“Nice Zoo with many animals ”
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5669-1 Hirakawacho, Kagoshima 981-0133, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-261-2326
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

I have to say this zoo is the best zoo I have ever visited. The animals look so happy, lively and comfortable in the zoo and visitors can look animals in the very close distance, particularly penguin, hippo etc. Also it has a wide variety...More

1  Thank Park7819
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We visited on a really cold and windy day but my little girl still enjoyed the zoo a lot! There are many animals to see and you can see them from a small distance. There are also some simple motor games for kids. Car parking...More

1  Thank Poorcatt
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Great value when we visited. Zoo only entrance fee is 500en for adults, 100en for kids!!! Felt guilty paying so little. Plenty to keep you going for 2-4 hours, I'd say. Full entrance fee incl. aquarium is a more sensible 1600en for adults. Kids, less........More

1  Thank PaulC20133
Reviewed 12 July 2016

The Hirakawa zoo is fairly easy to get to via train and/or bus. Ask for a map from the information counter at the central train station (Kagoshima Chuo) if going by train. Going by bus is a bit easier thou. I took the take the...More

1  Thank ukairo_dash
Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile

I actually liked the zoo. I read some of reviews about the upkeep of the animals and this is how I felt when I first visited the zoo two years ago. The camels (which are no longer there) looked very sick. The whole zoo seemed...More

4  Thank Aqua M
Reviewed 13 December 2015

Things I observed at this zoo: -a nearly bald ostrich plucking out its own feathers. -monkeys fighting, screaming, crying, bleeding. -a white tiger crying, loudly for nearly 30 minutes straight. -baboons fighting, screaming, growling. This zoo confines animals to terribly small, filthy enclosures. The animals...More

7  Thank charistarbett
Reviewed 22 September 2015

This zoo does not properly care for its animals. The cages are too small. They plan to swap some of their large cats for two elephant from the Cambodian government. Zoos should care about animal welfare. Cambodia does not have the resources to look after...More

10  Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 20 December 2012

It's not a big zoo but a nice one nonetheless. Easy to get to by public transport - 30 mins walk from the train station but you can take a bus there as well. There's a huge tiger here and really enjoyed our time. A...More

2  Thank JaJa_LuRVeS
Reviewed 14 August 2012

I like zoos. I have been to zoos all over the world including Seattle, New York and London. While I did not expect Hirakawa Zoo to be as big or fancy as those zoos, I did at least expect that it would be a humane...More

17  Thank roseonthewater
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