Higashiyama Zoo


On 2012 May 12th, we went to Higashiyama Park, Nagoya. It is situated very near to the Higashiyama subway station which can be accessed via Higashiyama subway line. We took the entry pass from the main entrance of the park. While entering inside, we could see a pond with black swans swimming around.  They were so pretty with their red beaks and glittering black feathers. The park contains a zoo, amusement area, kids zoo and a vast botanical garden. The zoo has a wide collection of animals. Some animals are set free, while most are kept in separate cages.

Black swan.
Ezoshika, a Japanese deer.
Tapir, an endangered species of animal

Lioness.There are so many types of beers in this zoo, most of them were resting in their dens and under the rocks. Only the giant beer who was walking around came out.


The information about Honey badger was new to me, which says that it can dig well and is immune to the venom of the Cape Cobra. They seem to live in small holes. Polar bear, Penguins, Seals etc. are kept in a separate part of the zoo.

sea lions
King penguin.

The king penguin which was the only biggest Penguin we found there, behaved like a king making big sounds while walking around. Apart from others, it has a yellow ring around its neck.


The family of Koalas from Australia was an interesting part of this zoo. There are more than ten koalas, most of them resting in between the tree branches. There is a vast fenced area of birds where birds are set free. They could mingle with each other and with the visitors. Visitors can walk through a small trail. An open area with a small pond, some trees and plants are present on a platform aside from the trail. Peacocks, pheasants, cranes, ducks etc. are the bird varieties we can found here.

Crowned crane.
Dancing peacocks.

There were about five peacocks and four peahens. All the peacocks were dancing with their feathers stretched in the air to catch the attraction of their hens. Some pheasants tried to get out of the zone while the visitors open the exit door. But people were so careful while opening the door.


We could hear the big sound of some birds while walking along the lake. Thought that it will be some gigantic birds like the eagle. For our surprise, it was the blue Macaws quarrelling with their neighbours – the multicolour Macaws. Parrot species are mostly kept in a pair in their cages.

Visitors can ride through the monorails of the zoo. There is a beautiful small lake at the amusement area of the park where many pedal boats are there. The sky tower located here provides a complete view of the Nagoya city.


Two Anteaters or armadillos were kept separated with a net wall in between them. Some wild ducks swimming in the nearby pond.

The Medaka tropical fish zone is another key attraction of the zoo. These fishes are related to the paddy cultivation and culture of Japan. They are small fishes kept in small aquariums surrounded by water plants and grasses.

A wide variety of apes, chimpanzees, and monkeys are also here. We heard the great roaring of some baboons from long distance.  A balloon-like structure beneath their neck is getting pumped in while they are roaring.

The vivarium has a wide collection of various species of reptiles like salamanders, snakes, gavials, crocodiles, chameleons etc. , nocturnal animals like hedgehogs, owls, rats, bats etc. and amphibians like turtles, frogs etc. Photography is not allowed at the nocturnal animals area. After visiting the vivarium, we moved towards the Kangaroos. There were about fifteen kangaroos here – both small and big and even some different varieties too. They are set free behind a small fence. We saw some people feeding them with small grass and leaves through the holes of the fence.

The zebras, donkeys, white deer etc. could be seen at the end of the zoo area. There was a pond with lots of freely set flemingos flying around.