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Tennoji Zoo, Osaka

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Only the third zoo to open in Japan, Tennoji Zoo shelters 230 species spread across an expanse of 11 hectares (27 acres). Established in 1915, the zoo and the adjacent "Savannah Zones" create an illusion that both carnivorous and herbivorous animals share the same enclosure. The animal park also includes a reptile house, hippo and rhino house, and an exhibit called the "Asian Tropical Rainforest Zone." Make Tennoji Zoo part of your personalized Osaka itinerary using our Osaka trip app .
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  • We visited because I have a 2 year old sister who is fond of animals. It's depressing really to see a lot of animals in there for shelter. The polar bear's place is not appropriate for her with fake i...  more »
  • This Zoo should be closed. All the tropical and sub tropical animals looked cold and starving and definitely not comfortable. Enclosures were designed to give visitors a good view but not good if the ...  more »
  • Not very large zoo, but can see a lot of animals, the entrance is not far from the camera can be a love cabin, animal modelling car can let children ride, tired in the rest area there is a whole row of drinks trafficking sell machine, restaurant. In addition to watching the animals, the park can feed the cotton sheep.
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  • This place is disgusting. If you decide to come here after reading this review, you are contributing to animal cruelty. People who rate this any higher than 1 star don't care about animals at all. You people are the problem with today's society, you see animals as entertainment and to just get a nice photo for social media. Animals are not here for our entertainment. The enclosures look run down and way to small to be housing some of these beautiful creatures. They look sick and mentally affected. I came to the zoo without looking at reviews first, because my Airbnb was 5mins away, however I now regret this decision after reading similar reviews and seeing for myself. I understand the sizing issue with the zoo as it is centrally located in Osaka. But that is no excuse for the condition of these animals. DO NOT COME HERE IF YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT ANIMALS. YOU WILL LEAVE WITH A GUILTY CONSCIOUS.
  • Lives seeing so many beautiful creatures here. Weird how some exhibits are huge and others like a small closet. Feeling sorry for those with cramped habitats.
  • Really nice zoo, great fun for kids, all the typical zoo animals plus a petting and feeding area with farm animals. Highly recommended weekend activity.
  • They have a lot of different animals. Small enclosures but that's normal for the age of the zoo. It was a fun excursion. I would definitely go again
  • Never witnessed animal cruelty like this. Kept in such small places with rubbish surroundings. The poor bear and polar bear look like they have mental problems because of it. Disgusting zoo

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