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Himeji City Zoo

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Small cages for the animals

For children it is always interesting to see animals. The zoo is not as modern as we are used to at... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2017
Wilbert S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
via mobile
We left in tears...

When entering the grounds of Himeji Castle, my two year old son screamed excitedly “ANIMALS!!!” He... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
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13 Sep 2018
“We left in tears...”
20 Aug 2018
“A disgrace for Himeji city”
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Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

When entering the grounds of Himeji Castle, my two year old son screamed excitedly “ANIMALS!!!” He has seen the sign for Himeji City Zoo. My husband and I decided we’d go to the zoo before going to the Castle and boy, wasn’t that a bad...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Roving369249
Reviewed 21 August 2018

As many people already stressed out, this zoo is a nightmare. I was delighted by my visit of Himeji city; the streets are clean, beautiful, the castle is simply splendid, the garden next to it is both gorgeous and intimate... But all these good impressions...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank QF17
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

TL;DR: Zoo has cheap entrance price for a reason. Poor maintainence of animals gives a sad and disgusting feeling after visit. My initial thoughts of the place was it was such a bargain to have an entrance fee of 200yen. However, like some who did...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Elton L
Reviewed 5 July 2018

I didn't think this Zoo would be interesting before got in, and thought it would be small. But after paying 200 Yen for the entrance fee, turns out it's very interesting and big. They have quite variety of animals there. Not so piled of tourists....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Qingling T
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately I did not consult TripAdvisor before entering this animal hell. Hopefully this will help spread the word. These animals look so sad and miserable, lying around in cages. I really hope Himeji/Japan tourism does something about this soon!!!

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank hchasse17
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Animals are kept in extremely small dirty enclosures and are very clearly distressed. We went when it was very cold and the animals had no warmth and were bundled together hiding in corners shaking. The Polar bear had a tiny pool that was so small...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank sba555
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

We made the mistake of visiting this zoo after Himeji castle. Echoing what others have said, this place is an absolute atrocity. It truly broke my heart seeing animals pace back and forth in small concrete cages, without any greenery or natural features. Please don’t...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Lacey C
Reviewed 8 October 2017

I have recently returned from a trip tp Japan where i visited Himeji Castle and the city zoo. This zoo was the most cruel and depressing place i've been to, the enclosures are so small the animals can barely move comfortably to exercise, especially those...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank karen d
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We were terribly saddened to see the polar bears pacing around baby size cage that was no larger than a typical bachelor apartment. It was clearly that they were both in a highly stressed state. We expected more from a first world country, especially knowing...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Yao-Wen C
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

For children it is always interesting to see animals. The zoo is not as modern as we are used to at home (Netherlands). They could write more information on the boards where the names of the animals are written on. At the end of the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Wilbert S
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