Attraction Asacho Oaza Dobutsuen Asakita Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 731-3355 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Asa Zoological Park is special ?
The animals seem very well taken care of and as happy as zoo animals can be. The park was opened in 1971 and is 25.6 hectares big, there are 160 animal species and 15 species of fish (aproximately 1500 animals and 5000 fish). The main section of the park is 2.2km long and the Western section of the park (walking trail) is another 1.8km. Since it is such a large park, it is a good idea to plan to spend the whole day there to be able to see it all at a leisurely pace. Be warned that the carparks fill up mid-morning on holidays and weekends, so get there by car early or after 2 to avoid the crowds- or better yet, use public transport.
Asa-zoo is probably the most popular destination of families in Hiroshima and with such reasonable entry fees, many families visit quite often in good weather throughout the year. There is a nice playground and shaded area with picnic benches just left of the entrance gate up a slope.
What to explore at Asa Zoological Park?
A great zoo right here in Hiroshima city, with lots of interesting and fun animals to see. A recent edition of a petting zoo and children play park makes it an even better experience for kids.
The animals seem well taken care of and as happy as zoo animals can be. The park was opened in 1971 and is 25.6 hectares big, there are 160 animal species and 15 species of fish (aproximately 1500 animals and 5000 fish). The main section of the park is 2.2km long and the Western section of the park (walking trail) is another 1.8km.
There is a nice playground and shaded area with picnic benches just left of the entrance gate up a slope. The first animals you see are the monkeys in the main enclosure in front of the gate and if you walk to the glass wall behind, you can engage in tug of war with the playful monkeys. If you turn right at the entrance, you can go into the zoo’s information floor where you can do activities to learn about animals and get more details about the park. If you head down the path to the right past the pink flamingo’s you will head down the hill past the zebras and giraffes in the largest enclosure. At the bottom of the hill you will find the popular elephant enclosure where feeding time always draws a crowd. This zoo is quite famous for its snake house and the petting area and pony rides are a highlight for most kids
How to get to Asa Zoological Park?
The Asahigaoka (あさひが丘) bus line run by Hiroden travels between JR Hiroshima Station and the suburb north of the zoo. The bus can be boarded at the station (50 minutes) or at a number of stops along the way. If you are downtown then the fastest and cheapest way to reach the Asa Zoological Park is via the Astram Line. Take the Astram Train to Kamiyasu Station (上安駅) and board the Asahigaoka bus at the bus stop at the station named Dobutsu-Koen Asahigaoka.
By car, both the Hiroshima IC and Itsukaichi IC off the Sanyo Expressway are about the same distance from the park. There are guide signs at both interchanges. Take route 54 from the city (follows the Astram Line) and turn north near Kamiyasu Station. The zoo is about 40 minutes from the city and 20 minutes from the interchanges.
- Visit here with your Lover or Family
- Good zoo, really nice surrounds
- A variety of animals
- Lots of interesting and fun animals to see
- A nice playground
Asacho Oaza Dobutsuen Asakita Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 731-3355 Japan
Tips for you
Although the zoo is a bit far out, if you have spare time and children, it really is worth a visit. It won't blow you away, but it is a very pleasant space, set in the mountains with plenty of greenery and trails to explore. The animal enclosures were mostly good, though some were small and dated.