Theme parks/Amusement parks/Aquariums/Zoo

Kobe Oji Zoo
A conveniently located zoo in the heart of the city.
Since its opening in March of 1951, the zoo has always been popular among Kobe's citizens both as an urban oriented zoo offering easy access, and as an urban oasis surrounded by the natural setting of more than 700 trees including cherry trees, and colourful seasonal flowers.

It features a variety of attractions, including 1,000 animals (approximately 200 species) from all over the world such as koalas and golden monkeys, 'A Wonderland of Animals and Kids', which offers the experience of playing with and touching smaller animals, the former residence of an early foreign settler, 7The Former Hunter's Residence', and an amusement park.

It also holds events like 'Feeding the Sea Lions' , 'Watching Indian Elephants Training', and 'Penguin Guide' on weekends and holidays.
●Open/9:00-17:00 (Mar. - Oct.) 9:00-16:30 (Nov. - Feb.)
●Closed/Wednesday (except National Holidays), Dec.29-Jan.1  ●Fare/Adults: 600 Yen, Junior High school: 200 Yen,Elementary School and below: Free  ●Tel/078-861-5624
◆Access/3 min. walk from Hankyu Kobe Line Oji Koen Station
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Suma Aqualife Park
This aquarium features the ecology of aquatic animals
Suma Aqualife Park opening in 1957.

It used to display strictly according to species, but then converted to a marine animals speciality, taking as its main theme, 'The Life of Marine Animals'.

It was upgraded to a facility for social education, and has since become the main tourist spot in Suma, Kobe.

It attracts many visitors particularly to its dynamic dolphin show, and to its sea otters, which are very popular with the visitors, because of their playful exuberance.
●Open/9:00-17:00 , 9:00-20:00 (school summer holidays )
●Closed/Wednesdays (except National Holidays, and Spring or Summer school holidays); Dec.29-Jan.1  ●Fare/Adults: 1,300 Yen, Student: 800 Yen, Child: 500 Yen  ●Tel/078-731-7301
◆Access/15 min. walk from JR Suma Station
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Tennoji Zoo
Ecological exhibition on the relationship between animals and nature.
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zoological Garden keeps animals of about 200 species, including lesser pandas and polar bears. The zoological garden aims at 'ecological exhibitions' that demonstrate how animals and nature are interrelated, by recreating actual habitats of animals.

The recently completed I FAR (Invertebrates Fishes Amphibians Reptiles) Live Reptile House is the first facility based on this idea.

Here, crocodiles and turtles live side by side with birds, fish and aquatic insects, forming a near-natural environment.

The new Hippopotamus House (scheduled for completion in the spring of 1997) is designed to create the image of a riverside in Kenya, the habitat of hippopotamuses.

It will be equipped with Japan's first see-through pool, to allow the visitor to closely observe hippopotamus swimming, breast-feeding and so forth.

The zoological garden, located within Tennoji Park, was opened in 1915.
●Open/9:30-17:00(last entry at 16:00)
●Closed/Mondays (or, if Monday falls on a National Holiday, the following day); Dec.29-Jan.1  ●Fare/Adults: 500 Yen, Elementary and junior high schoolers:200 Yen  ●Tel/06-6771-8401
◆Access/5 min. walk from JR or Subway Tennoji Station
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Kinosaki Marine World
An amusement leisure land where visitors enjoy sea related attractions
The 12m deep main tank is designed to reproduce a rocky stretch of the Hiyoriyama Beach. The dolphin and seal shows are very popular with children. This is a great amusement park for enjoying a connection with the wonders of the sea.
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults: 2,470 Yen; Junior High and Elementary Schools: 1,230 Yen; Infants: 620 Yen  ●Tel/0796-28-2300
◆Access/By bus from JR Line Kinosaki Station
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Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
Approximately 1,500 kinds of plant, mainly Alpine and other cold climate varieties from around the world, are cultivated here.
The garden, opened in 1933, has a long and distinguished history and was designated as a facility equivalent to museums in 1955.

It sits at an altitude of 865m with an average temperature of 9 degrees, similar to the south of Hokkaido.

Approximately 1,500 species are cultivated, including alpine flowers and plants that usually live under cold weather conditions, and Rokko Mountain's wild plants, in a sizeable area of some 50,000 sq.m..

Visitors are afforded a chance to enjoy plants in an almost fully natural condition according to the seasons, for example, a variety of skunk cabbages in March and April, black lilies and groups of primula in May, alpine favourites such as bleeding heart and edelweiss in June, hydrangea and Nikko hemerocallis in July, fringed orchis in August, and autumn wild plants such as monkshood and autumnal leaves in September.
●Open/March 20 to November 24 10:00-17:00 (Front Desk closes at 16:30)
●Closed/4 and 11 September (Thurs)  ●Fare/Adults(12 and over) 620 yen, Children (4-11) 310 yen  ●Tel/078-891-1247
◆Access/Near 'Rokko-kozan-shokubutsuen-mae' bus stop by bus from Rokko-sanjo station on Rokko Cable (To take a cable car, you have to go to Rokko-Cable-shita station by bus from Rokkomichi station on JR Tokaido Main Line or from Rokko station on Hankyu Kobe Line
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Toba Aquarium
Approximately 1200 species of marine organisms in 12 zones where relevant oceanic environments are reproduced respectively. Dugongs and sea otters are favorite choices for the tourists to see.
Toba Aquarium, commanding a view of Toba Bay, is one of the largest aquariums in the world.

Emphasizing ecosystems, the aquarium reproduces various aspects of the global environment, as represented by the sea of Ise Shima, the sea of the polar region, the Amazon River and so forth, with about 20,000 animals of 850 species. Particularly impressive is the world's largest artificial coral reef, where some 250 kinds of tropical can be seen. It is the world's first totally transparent gallery, where the visitor can view colorful as though while diving. Rare animals, such as a dugong, from which the Mermaid legend was born, and a finless porpoise, which the aquarium was first in the world to succeed in breeding, should not be missed. Opened in 1955, the aquarium is characterized by the absence of a fixed viewing route, thereby allowing visitors to freely stroll and enjoy viewing.
●Open/9:00-17:00(July 20 to August 31: 8:30 to 17:30 )
●Closed/Open all year round  ●Fare/Adults: 2,500 Yen, Child (ages7-15) : 1,250 Yen, Young Child (ages3-6) : 630 Yen  ●Tel/0599-25-2555
◆Access/10 min. walk from Kintetsu / JR Line Toba Station
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