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Kusatsu Tropical Wonderland
The Kusatsu Tropical Wonderland at an elevation of 1,165 m is known as the highest zoo in Japan and located near one of the most famous hot spring areas in Japan, Kusatsu Onsen. The Kusatsu Nettaiken is a slightly rare facility in that it is known as the number one zoo in Japan for reptiles, and has over 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish primarily from sub-tropical regions.
- 286 Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
- Contact No.
- From JR Nagano Hara Kusatsu-guchi Station, take a JR Bus Kanto for 25 minutes to the Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal and change to a free shuttle bus (reservation required) to the zoo from which it is a 13-minute walk.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Adults 1,000 yen, high school students 700 yen, children 600 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Giant tropical jungle dome
Many of the animals inhabit the giant 15 m tall dome made to replicate a tropical jungle using the heat of the local hot springs. The well designed walking path winds throughout the dome allowing you to see the animals up close and at varying angles.
Popular attraction that allows you to touch the animals!
Inside of the zoo are the super popular hands-on-activities held periodically that allow people to actually touch some of the plant eating animals such as capybaras and 20 cm small pygmy marmoset monkeys, as well as certain reptiles. Come and check out the many different ways to enjoy the Kusatsu Tropical Wonderland other than by just watching animals.
Japan’s number one zoo for reptiles
The Kusatsu Nettaiken boasts the number one place for reptiles in Japan and has many rare species like the unique mata mata turtle and various poisonous snakes you can see up close that you won’t likely find in other zoos.
Doctor fish experience
Inside of the park, you can also have a hand or foot bath for free with the doctor fish, aka Garra rufa, which are actually used as medical treatment in parts of Europe. After these Garra rufa fish nibble the dead skin off your limbs, you’ll be left smooth and sleek!