Located on the east side of Nagoya, in Chikusa-ku district, the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is municipal facility which opened in 1937. It was initially called the "Zoo of the East" and also contains an amusement park. It is vast park containing a zoo (main zoo and north zoo), a botanical garden, a 134 meter high Higashiyama Sky Tower, as well as an amusement park. The zoo has 500 species of animals including koalas. The zoo contains a "Medaka Museum of the World" (a collection of medaka killifish from around the world), "Natural Animal Museum" where visitors can study nocturnal animals, and "Kids Zoo" where visitors can come in direct contact with small animals. In 1984, the first koala was brought to Japan and many people lined up daily to see the koalas at the Koala House.
The Botanical Gardens opened prior to the zoo in 1937. The large greenhouse is the original facility from when it opened and is the oldest existing greenhouse in Japan. It was originally referred to as the "Crystal Palace of the East". There are approximately 7000 species of plants exhibited and the entire garden has been developed in a way that takes advantage of the natural forest. In addition, there is a plum orchard, cherry orchard, tsubaki orchard, flower garden, and even a garden named after the famous poet and scholar of the Owari clan samurai, Yokoi Yayuu called Yayuu-en Garden. On the banks of the pond, there is a steep rafter roof building, relocated from a World Heritage Site, Gifu Prefecture’s Shirakawa Village. Visitors can see the interior of this building as well. At the flower garden where seasonal flowers bloom, visitors can enjoy the tranquil sound of birds in the Japanese-style garden. In 1996, the "Birds of Higashiyama Botanical Garden" were chosen as one of the top 100 "sound landscapes" of Japan. Though the Botanical Gardens has many hills, there are one-seater and five-seater carts available so everyone can enjoy the grounds.
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens can be accessed by public transportation. By subway: Higashiyama Line - Higashiyama-koen Station. 3 minute walk from Exit 3. Higashiyama Line – Hoshigaoka Station. 7 minute walk from Exit 6. Hoshigaoka Station is convenient when visiting the Botanical Gardens. By car: From the Tomei Expressway’s "Nagoya IC" interchange, take the Prefectural Road, Route 60 going west (15 minute drive from the interchange). From the Nagoya Daini Kanjo Expressway’s (Higashi Meihan) "Kamiyashiro IC" interchange, take the Prefectural Road, Route 60 going west (10 minute drive from the interchange). There is a 1600-space parking garage (parking fee 800 yen), however, it is very crowded during the Spring Festival, Autumn Festival, weekends and holidays. Public transportation is recommended during those times.
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Description: Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
|Sights||Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (名古屋市東山動植物園)|
3-70 Higashiyamamoto-machi, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, 552-0022
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 052-782-2111 / Fax: 052-782-2140|
|Closed dates||Monday Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 500yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|