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Okinawa Zoo & Museum

Enjoy watching the facial expressions of animals during their feeding times. Hippopotamuses are fed at 10:00, kangaroos at 11:00 and elephants at 16:30.

With a wingspan of up to 90 centimeters, the Okinawa flying fox is a megabat native to this subtropical island. Their feeding is at 16:00.

Fun for the whole family at Japan’s southernmost zoo

This zoo features over 1,000 animals of about 150 species including elephants and lions in a compact environment packed with a variety of attractions. While the zoo hosts animals that are native to Okinawa such as the Yonaguni horse, recent additions attracting a lot of attention include a male white lion and another male lion named Arusha, both of which were acquired in 2017, as well as a Yonaguni horse born in the zoo in April 2017. In the Water Field Area visitors can fish from a boat in a large pond (fishing tackle rental available) or just watch the waterfowl. There is also a Petting Plaza that offers a close-up experience with small animals as well a merry-go-round and Texas mini train. Another recommended attraction is the Wonder Museum, where hands-on exhibits are designed to trigger children’s curiosity.


Visitors can enjoy horseback riding on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Hours: 11:00-12:00 / 14:00-17:00 / Fee: Horseback riding (once around the course) ¥500

沖縄こどもの国 Okinawa Zoo & Museum

5-7-1 Goya, Okinawa City / Tel: 098-933-4190
Closed: Dec. 30-Jan. 1
Barrier-free access

Okinawa Zoo & Museum is home to more than 1,000 animals of about 150 species, including elephants and lions. The facility features a petting zoo, a merry-go-round, kids ride-on cars and a wonder museum with workshop exhibits and a hands-on experience corner for children.

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