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Tennoji Zoo is located in Tennoji ward, Osaka. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in the year 2015, this is the third oldest zoo in Japan. In this zoo that covers an area of 11 hectares, about 230 kinds of animals, including those you can’t see elsewhere in Japan, can be seen in habitats closest to their natural environment. With events and feeding shows by zookeepers, it is a prime sightseeing spot for couples and families.
- 1-108 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from Dobutsuen-mae Station or Ebisucho Station on Osaka Municipal subway, or 10-min walk from Shin-imamiya Station on Osaka Municipal subway or JR
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closes at 18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays in May and September (Gate closes at 17:00)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- Adults, 500 yen; Elementary and junior high students, 200 yen
- Other Information
- *Wi-Fi available *Pamphlet in English, Chinese and Korean available
※ 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 most popular animal at Tennoji Zoo is the polar bear. The bear recently gave birth, and its baby is one of the cutest animals in the zoo. There is a feeding show by zookeepers. Don’t miss to see the adorable polar bear cub as it happily eats fish.
Area of carnivores
Of the many areas in the zoo, the carnivore area is the most impressive. In the African Savannah Zone, you get to see animals popular in the African jungles like tigers, lions, giraffe, replicating the real African Savanna. You can feel their immense energy and power just by watching their movements. It is a strange feeling to experience the African Savanna in the middle of a metropolis.
In Tennoji Zoo, many rare species can be seen. Among these, “kiwi,” a bird that cannot fly, is especially rare and you can’t see it anywhere else except New Zealand.