Wide green spaces full of lush trees surround the animal enclosures at Chiba Zoological Park. Encounter a range of species here, from tropical two-toed sloths to lumbering elephants. Visit the children's zoo for direct contact with goats and sheep, stop in the aquatic zone to see sea lions, and join the crowds gathering around the shoe-billed stork. Don't miss the red pandas, the zoo's mascots, in the small animals zone. Arrive here via monorail for a high-tech experience of Japan; grab a meal in the onsite restaurant or enjoy a picnic in the green areas. Add Chiba Zoological Park to your Chiba travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chiba travel route planner.
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I went to Chiba Zoological Park on Thursday 28th November 2019. The gardens all around the zoo are fabulous. The animals, however, are kept in very poor conditions. The gorilla, and some of the... more »
From my hotel near Chiba station, I took a short ride on the Monorail to the Chiba Zoological Park. It's only a very small zoo, but it did have an elephant, a giraffe, kangaroos, even an... more »
Very large park. We walked for 4 hours and did not see everything. The animals appear well kept and the zookeepers will feed the animals and give talks about them while you can take pictures and learn about the animals
This is a good family day out. It's also cheap as adults are 700 yen and children (including up to high school students) are free. It's easy to get there by public transit - the Chiba City Monorail stops right there - and there is plenty of parking. There are a lot of older exhibits that are too small for the animals and the poor elephant isn't doing well, but they've been improving sections gradually over the last few years with more modern enclosers and more domestic animals. There are several petting zoo type exhibits that give children a chance to interact (and clean up after) sheep, goats and other farm animals. Some of these are free, but others cost money. In addition to looking at animals in cages, there are a variety of educational events and non-zoo activities such as bouncy castles, art projects, small children's rides and several other things. Two recommendations. First go early. Many of the animal are much more active in the morning. It's the best time to see the lions and many of the other large animals awake. In adition to that, bring a picnic lunch. They have a few food options, but they're expensive and not great. However there is a lot of space to set up and eat a nice picnic.
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