Fukuoka Zoo – Your Complete Guide
When visiting Fukuoka, take the time to enjoy Fukuoka City Zoo. We've got a complete to the zoo, right here.
Located atop Fukuoka Hill in the heart of the city, Fukuoka City Zoological Garden, also known as Fukuoka Municipal Zoo and Botanical Garden, is a great little afternoon activity for the whole family. Having recently emerged from an ambitious renovation project to improve the animal enclosures as well as the overall visitor experience, Fukuoka’s zoo is now one of Japan’s best.
Home to over 130 species of animal and a variety of other fun attractions, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Keep reading for an in-depth look at the zoo and all the info you’ll need to get there and enjoy it.
Fukuoka Zoo Overview
Make the trek up Fukuoka Hill and you’ll be rewarded with the zoo and the adjacent Fukuoka Botanical Gardens both. Although slap bang in the centre of the city, the zoo and its surrounds are wonderfully lush, giving it the feel of a sanctuary from the city.
The 130 species, including rare animals such as tapir and red panda, are very well looked after, especially so since the recent renovations to the entire complex. The zoo has something for everyone, from kiddy rides for the young ones to gnawing tigers for the teens.
Fukuoka Zoo Animals
Some of the zoo’s best-loved animals include:
Reticulated (Somali) Giraffe
Tsushima Leopard Cat
Asian (Oriental) Short-Clawed Otter
Siberian (Amur) Tiger
To check out the rest of the animals, take a look at Fukuoka Zoo’s List of Animals.
Fukuoka Zoo Attractions
The Little Train
The Little Train runs in a loop around the zoo, providing bags of fun for kids and their accompanying adults alike. Costing just 100 yen for adults and 20 yen for children, it’d be a shame not to give it a go.
The Ferris Wheel
From the Ferris Wheel you’ll be treated to one of the best views out over Fukuoka in the city. Take in the greenery of the hill and the city beyond, all for a bargain price.
The Merry Go Round is a fairground classic and a good way to entertain the kids. Parents can ride alongside or cheer on from the sidelines.
A ride to get the heart pumping a little faster, the Astrometry is not for the sheepish. A steal at just 200 yen.
Get up close and personal with some of the animals in the petting zoo! Very popular with younger visitors as well as the rabbits and goats who love the attention.
Fukuoka Zoo Facilities
Find a food court in the shaded area close to the main entrance. A variety of food stalls selling Japanese staples and fast-food at reasonable prices.
Located near the exit, the Fukuoka Zoo Souvenir Shop is where visitors can pick up a little memento from their trip to the zoo. Think stuffed animals, keyrings and t-shirts.
Fukuoka Zoo Opening Hours
|Days||Tue – Sun|
|Hours||09:00 – 17:00 (Last Entry 16:30)|
Mon (Except on National Holidays will open on Monday and closed next day)
New Year (Dec 29 – Jan 1)
Open on Last Monday of March
Fukuoka Zoo Price
|Individual||Group of 30+|
|Adults||JP 600||JP 480|
|High School Students||JP 300||JP 240|
|Middle School Students and younger||JP 0||JP 0|
|Visitor with Disabilities||JP 0||JP 0|
|Senior Citizens of Fukuoka, Kitakyushu, Kumamoto, Kagoshima||JP 0||JP 0|
|Members of Animal Supporter and Botanical Garden Supporter||JP 0||JP 0|
Fukuoka Zoo Access
On the subway, get off at Yakuin Odori Station on the Nanakuma Line. Take exit 2 and the zoo is a well-signposted 15-minute walk away. If the Nishitetsu train is easier, head to Yakuin Station on the Omuta Line and leave through the south exit.
Alternatively, take the number 56 or 58 bus to Doubutsen Mae Bus Stop.