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Kobe Animal Kingdom is everything animal lovers could ever dreamt of. Kobe Animal Kingdom, or formeryl known as Kobe Kachoen was established in 2006 by a Japanese botanist and collector Kamo Mototeru in Kobe Port. Built in and around a greenhouse, Kobe Animal Kingdom brings a vibe of farm zoo though farm and house animals are not the only thing you'll see here! In fact, Kobe Animal Kingdom also house numerous wild animals you often see in zoos. The most fun thing is, you won't only be their spectators you can also interact with them. That's the primary reason why you should absolutely visit Kobe and its Kobe Animal Kingdom when you're visiting Japan.
Fun Cuddling Time With Adorable Animals in Kobe Animal Kingdom
Our most recommended area to visit in Kobe Animal Kingdom where you can directly interact with adorable, friendly animals. Most animals housed in this area are mainly house animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs. The petting zoo is one of the most popular areas in Kobe Animal Kingdoms especially to locals. If you are wondering why, many Japanese are not that lucky to be able to own a pet since most of them lives in the apartment. Visiting The Petting Zoo is one way for them to interact with their favorite fluffy animals.
If petting cats, dogs, and small house animals don't satisfy you yet, you can pet the bigger animals in the Interactive Zone. You might even never think that you would ever pet some of the animals here, such as alpacas, kangaroos, Patagonian maras, and giant hamsters called capybaras. Adorable Japanese red pandas are found in this themed park too. Some of them are tame and unbothered when the visitors come to pet them though several of them would rather observe the humans from the tree branch. The visitors are also allowed to feed the animals. There are food dispensers placed at each corner of the zoo where you can buy one packets chow small amount of money that you can give to the animals. Try to feed a bird and watch as they flying down from a tree to your shoulder and nibble the snack you give.Now that's something you don't find often in most zoos, right?
Located in the same area inside the greenhouse is the Exotic Birds Zone. You can see various tropical birds such as colorful parrots, toucans, and owls flying freely over your head. They are also tame, you can have them perch on your arm if you want. If you're lucky you can even watch a very interesting bird show held daily in the aviary. Watch as the train birds maneuvering in the air to perform trick following commands from their trainer.
Another Interactive Zone in Kobe Animal Kingdom is located outside the greenhouse, designated for bigger size animals. Kangaroos, alpacas, horses, and other bigger size quadrupeds are roaming freely. They are also quite tame and allow visitors to pet and even feed them. You can also go for a horse rides around the area.
The Arctic Zone is one of few areas where the animals are caged, and it is very reasonable. Arctic Animals Zone house numerous arctic and sea animals. Here you can interact with adorable herds of African Penguin and seals.
We should admit it, the animals are cute and there are ton of chance to interact with them, which is great! However, Kobe Animal Kingdom is not entirely about animals. In fact, the park is also a home to various plants and flowers species. Water lilies, Begonia, Fuchsia, and Nymphaea to name a few.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission fees for Kobe Animal Kingdom are JPY 1500 ($13.33) for adults and JPY 800 ($7.11) for children.
How To Get Around?
All attractons inside Kobe Animal Kingdom are located near each other, the theme park is explorable on foot.
What Should I Wear?
Since there's no dresscode applied for Kobe Animal Kingdom's visitors, you can wear practically anything that feels comfortable to you.
Best Time to Visit
Kobe Animal Kingdom is the most popular attraction in Kobe especially among children, so the place will be filled with families in weekend. If you want to avoid the crowds, it's best to come in weekdays.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can find all informations you need about Kobe Animal Kingdom in this website.
How To Get There?
The easiest way to reach Kobe Animal Kingdom from Osaka is by taking Midosuji Line Subway from Namba and transfer to Hankyu Line once you reached Umeda Station.Alight at Sannomiya Station in Kobe.Change to the skyliner monorail to the Kei Computer Mae - Station.It only takes 2 - 3 minutes walk from the station to Kobe Animal Kingdom.