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Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
There are a variety of amusements to be enjoyed for a reasonable fee in the expansive grounds (approximately 60 hectares) of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Along with being divided into the Zoo Area, the Botanical Gardens Area, and the Amusement Park Area, the Higashiyama Sky Tower is located at the centre of the grounds. This tower is a well-known vista point that offers a view over the city of Nagoya.
- 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
- Contact No.
- 3-min walk from Exit 3 of Higashiyamakoen Station on Higashiyama Line of Nagoya City Subway
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Mondays (or the following day, in case of a public holiday)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- Half a day
- Admission fee
- 500 Yen (640 yen including entry to Higashiyama Sky Tower); free for children up to Junior High School age
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
The koalas are the most popular residents of this area, but they are just one of the 500 varieties of animals living here. There are weekly events held every Sunday offering visitors the chance to feed an African elephant, giraffe, and hippopotamus, etc. for free, or events where you can touch different types of bugs. These events are particularly popular among families.
Botanical Gardens Area
There is approximately 7,000 varieties of plant-life on display in the Botanical Gardens Area. This area offers the chance to take in some traditional Japanese scenery with a Gassho-style house that has been transported here from Shirakawago World Heritage Site. As there are many hilly pathways throughout the expansive grounds, volunteer guides operate electric carts for visitors to ride on as they enjoy the gardens.
Amusement Park Area
There are many attractions that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy gathered here in the Amusement Park Area of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. There is a monorail railway, a merry-go-round, and a bear roller coaster suitable for children from the age of two among the many attractions. After you’ve had your fill of rides and amusements, why not take in the view of Nagoya from the large Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel carts all have faces of different animals painted on them!
Higashiyama Sky Tower
This is a 214-meter-high observatory tower. The highest viewing floor is at 180 m, and from there visitors can see famous spots of Nagoya, such as Nagoya Castle, JR Central Towers, television tower, etc. This tower is lively with many visitors visiting until late into the night.