Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens 東山動植物園
A comprehensive park that offers much more than just a handsome gorilla
Japan's second busiest zoo and one of Asia's largest attractions, the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is one of Nagoya's most popular tourist spots.
How to Get There
Reach the zoo by train.
From Nagoya Station take the Higashiyama subway line to Higashiyama Koen Station. From there you cannot miss the zoo entrance directly ahead.
The zoo is home to more than 550 animals
The Botanical Gardens has more than 7,000 plants
Higashiyama Sky Tower is 134 meters tall
All your favourite animals
The Higashiyama Zoo made international headlines thanks to its resident gorilla Shabani, with visitors enthralled with his perceived handsomeness. And while you should certainly join the crowds and see Shabani for yourself, there is much more to take in.
At the zoo, meet the rare Persian leopard, the Mackenzie Valley wolf and several hundred varieties of medaka Japanese killifish. Wander the grounds and find koalas, lions, elephants, giraffes, penguins, and many more. You can even feed goats and guinea pigs at the petting zoo.
Natural beauty, expertly cultivated
Exploring the surrounding botanical gardens, one of the largest of its kind in Asia, you can see how well the area was planned to make use of the surrounding forest. Discover Japan's oldest glasshouse, visit a thatched Gassho-zukuri house relocated from Shirakawa-go, and in spring, enjoy one of Nagoya's best cherry blossom spots.
The gardens are so large you may not be able to cover them in one day. If you want to see everything, head for the top of the Higashiyama Sky Tower. Stand on top of Mt. Higashiyama for a fantastic view of the zoo, gardens and the surrounding area, and then enjoy some Italian and French food in the Sky Restaurant.