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Opening Times

● 9:00~17:00
Last entry at 16:30
Some animals may not be viewable after 16:00

Closed

● 12/29~1/1

Entrance fees

Single Group(>20 people) One-year passport
General
(high school and above)
¥500 ¥400 ¥1000
Students
(elementary/middle)
¥100 ¥80 ¥200

※Pre-school children are free. Fee discounts/exemptions also apply to senior citizens over 70 and special needs persons.[※] Please enquire for details. [※] Of Kagoshima City, Kumamoto City and Fukuoka City

Parking fees

・Large vehicles and buses: ¥400
・Other vehicles: ¥200

Play equipment fees

・1 use, ¥20~¥100

Other services

Pram With top, 30 avail 1 use, ¥300
Without top, 52 avail 1 use, ¥200
Coin lockers
(by entrance gate)
W 42cm x H50cm x D 42cm (12 avail) 1 use, ¥200
Umbrellas (rental) 60 cm long (200 avail) 1 use, ¥100
Hand-push wheelchair 10 avail Free

※Pre-school children are free. Fee discounts/exemptions also apply to senior citizens over 70 and special needs persons.[※] Please enquire for details. [※] Of Kagoshima City, Kumamoto City and Fukuoka City

Access via public transport

Please see separate public transport access map

  • By car
    Kyushu Expressway Kagoshima I.C → Ibusuki Skyline Taniyama I.C → Prefectural Road No. 219 → National Road No. 225 → National Road No. 226 → Hirakawa Zoo (approx. 15mins from Taniyama I.C)
    Time taken from main spots(by car):

    ●Taniyama I.C → approx. 15mins
    ●Kagoshima Chuo Station → approx. 35mins
    ●Tenmonkan → approx. 40mins
    ●Kagoshima Aquarium → approx. 40mins
    ●Kagoshima Airport → approx. 75mins

  • JR
    Kagoshima Chuo Station → Goino Station(25mins on the Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line)
    Goino Station → Hirakawa Zoo (20mins walk)
  • Bus(Kagoshima Kotsu No. 2: every 20 mins, journey 60 mins)
    Kagoshima Station (Aquarium)→Tenmonkan→Takamibaba→Korimoto→Taniyama Station →Goino Station→Hirakawa Zoo

Introduction to Hirakawa Zoo

・Facilities Guide
As you enter the main gate, a magnificent panorama of an African Savannah of giraffes, zebras, rhinoceroses, ostriches before a backdrop of Sakurajima and Kinko Bay spreads out before your eyes. You can also gaze upon the animals and Sakurajima while soaking your feet in the footspa within, experiencing its healing and relaxing properties in Kagoshima Southern spirit.

・Facilities Outline
Hirakawa Zoo was opened on the 14th October 1972, and is a zoo with abundant greenery spanning a total area of 31.4 hectares. There are over 1000 animals of 140 species being raised in the zoo. One of most prominent koala-raising zoos in Japan, it is also home to popular animals such as the Indian elephant, polar bear and red panda, and boasts a 1,900m2 flying cage which houses 15 breeds of colourful, beautiful, free-flying birds.

Other highlights include the Children’s Zoo, where one can touch rabbits and other animals, and playground with a 40m high Ferris wheel, spinning tower and Go-carts. This is a zoo within nature to “have fun learning, have fun playing”.

Renewal of Hirakawa Zoo

Aiming to be “a zoo kind to both people and animals” and “a zoo which exhibits the character of Kagoshima of the South”, Hirakawa Zoo is currently undergoing renovations until 2015. The renewal aims to improve ease of use for visitors and the atmosphere of Kagoshima within the zoo, while creating a place where the animals can live with vitality, This is in addition to providing an environment for one to learn and think about animals.

Animal population: 141 species, 967animals

Mammals Birds Reptiles Total
No. of species 83 44 14 141
Population 538 399 30 967

※As of March ,2015

History Timeline of Hirakawa Zoo

September 1916 Kagoshima Electric Rail (KK) opens “Kamoike Zoo” within Kamoike Amusement Park.
July 1928 Kagoshima City buys Kamoike Amusement Park
October 1972 Kagoshima City Hirakawa Zoo opens
October 1984 2 male koalas arrive from Australia
July 1988 Red panda arrives from Changsha, China
March 1991 Children’s Zoo opens
August 1994 1st “Night Zoo Tour” held
March 1996 New main gate completed
March 2007 Hirakawa Zoo Renovation Basic Plan settled
October 2007 20 million visitors hit
May 2009 Hirakawa Zoo Renewal Project construction begins
March 2010 Opening of the African Savannah Zone
鴨池動物園開園
コアラ来園
レッサーパンダ来園
リニューアル事業着工


Kagoshima City Guide

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