We enjoy seeing animals on our trips a lot.
While we thought Ueno Zoo in Tokyo was full of things to see,
Kobe Animal Kingdom now has a special place in our hearts.
The Kingdom is more like a park with petting areas where many of the tenants get to roam freely.
There's certain animals you can even feed for a small fee (100-300 Yen).
Regardless of the type of animals you are fond of, you will most likely fine something you will love
(Bunnies, Cats, Dogs, Capybaras, Red pandas, Lemurs, Ducks, Kangaroos, Alpacas, River Otters, etc.)
I highly recommend a visit if you are an animal lover.
It's very family friendly and great for all ages.
Please check out our video overview
of the Animal Kingdom :
We spent about 3 hours here and didn't get a chance to see everything (they close early by 5p or 5:30p).
We plan to re-visit again in the future and will devote more time here.
Otherwise, it is possible to see everything quickly within ~ 2 hours if you aren't the type to linger.
Bird Show Area & Water Lilies
The best seats for the bird show is actually the middle areas (in any of the three sections)
as there's a chance for the birds to fly right up by you.
Right next to the Water Lilies is an area where you can get
your foot or hands cleaned by their resident Doctor Fishes.
300 Yen for a foot spa is pretty reasonable isn't it?
Lots of flowers and plants
Open sitting area and restaurant/ cafe.
There was live entertainment available (performer playing flute) on our visit.
There's lovely flowers and plants all around the grounds.
It's like being inside a giant green house.
Many types of Cactus plants.
Tropical Forest Area
How can you resist that darling face?
A few of the animals with enclosed displays
Sleepy Serval Cats reside behind a clear display.
Aviary inside the Pelican Lagoon
Also known as "Big Bill" to everyone in the park.
This has got to be the biggest bird I've ever seen in person
It was just as tall, if not taller (probably taller) than me.
Feeding or Petting
Feeding is allowed for certain animals.
You can feed Capybaras, Mara, Tortoises. Alpacas, Ducks, Kangaroos.
For Kangaroos and Alpacas in the outside part of the park, you need 100 Y coins (I believe it was 300Y)
as the pellets are inside a machine similar to a Gachapon (capsule vending machine).
Rabbit Interaction Area
There's also another petting area for Cats, Dogs, and Guinea Pigs.
Of course, this is just a short highlight of the park as they have more animals
than what I've shown here.
If you are ever in or near Kobe, it's worth a visit!
Kobe Animal Kingdom
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Lemur iphone case (7 plus)
Lemur Birthday Card
Sloth All Purpose Greeting Card
It says "Hey there, how's it hanging?"
Thanks for reading and stopping by!