Updated: Dec 21, 2021
You’ve probably already seen cool images of the Nagasaki Bio Park splashed across social media channels without really knowing where it was! Located on the island of Kyushu, this is not exactly a day trip from Tokyo, but it’s a great activity to add to a weekend-away itinerary!
Nagasaki Bio Park is a zoo that provides an entirely different experience. One of the park's major goals is to create an environment for the animals that is as close to their natural habitat as possible. You can actually get in the "pens" with the animals, and are allowed to touch or feed them if you like!
Before you even go through the gates, you'll see a llama and a parrot that is doing anything other than trying to get away...pretty sure they like it there!
Throughout many any areas of the park, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, capybaras and peacocks wander freely! It’s a really fun thing to see, but just keep in mind sometimes the lemurs spit at people when they're close.
Other fun animals here include the giraffes, 3 different types of flamingos (my favorite!), pandas, kangaroos, and zebras!
The park also hosts a lot of events. Sometimes you can catch capybaras bathing in a citrus-infused onsen, and different feeding times for monkeys and hippos!
Finally, when you're all finished within the park, there is a PAW petting zoo! It has the very famous guinea pig bridge and other animals to pet or hold like parrots, owls, iguanas, geckos, cats, dogs, etc.!
There is something for everyone at this park! Obviously children and animal-lovers have a blast, but there are also over 1000 species of plants for botany lovers!
There are two cafes full of all of the usual park meals (bowls of noodles, hot dogs, ice cream, etc.) for very reasonable prices!
Due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19, the Nagasaki Bio Park is currently closed until May 6th. But, when you finally do get to go, click this link to the actual web page and see their instructions. There is no way I can make it any more clear than they do!
The park is open from 10:00 to 17:00 (5:00 PM) every day of the week. You can find prices for admission here!
(Somewhat near the Bio Park is the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, be sure to add that to your itinerary for the weekend! It is a Dutch-themed park that is full of jaw-dropping European style scenery and buildings (an odd thing to do in Japan but definitely interesting!)
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