Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (東山動植物園) is a zoo with botanical gardens located at 3-70, Higashiyama-motomachi, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Japan. It is open daily except Mondays; an admission fee is charged.

Established in 1937, the Higashiyama Zoo is one of Asia's largest, and also contains botanical gardens and an amusement park. Its collection contain more than 125 species of mammals, including bears, elephants, giraffes, koalas, lions, and tigers; numerous reptiles and birds; and medaka tropical fish that flew on the space shuttle with one of Japan's astronauts.

Garden collections include Aconitum, Camelia, Gentiana, Glycyrrhiza, Papaver, Rheum, and native wild flora, as well as a greenhouse, insect hall, and a Japanese garden. The Higashiyama Sky Tower contains observation decks and a restaurant 100 meters above ground.

See also

* List of botanical gardens in Japan

References

* [http://www.higashiyama.city.nagoya.jp/index_pc.php Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Japanese)]
* [http://www.higashiyama.city.nagoya.jp/14_english/index.html Higashiyama information]
* [http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2886822-higashiyama_zoo_and_botanical_gardens_nagoya-i?action=describe Yahoo Travel article]
* [http://www.asiarooms.com/travel-guide/japan/nagoya/sightseeing-in-nagoya/higashiyama-zoo-&-botanical-garden-nagoya.html AsiaRooms article]
* [http://www.bgci.org/garden.php?id=512 BGCI entry]


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