Kobe Trip Part 9: Kobe Animal Kingdom

神戸どうぶつ王国 アイキャッチ画像


I traveled to Kobe in early March. In Kobe, major tourist spots such as bay area, Kitano Ijinkan-gai and Chinatown were concentrated, which was convenient for tourists. In this article, I will write about Kobe Animal Kingdom as part of Day 3.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Kobe with Skymark
* Day 1: Chinatown and Former Foreign Settlement etc.
* Day 1: Meriken Park and Harborland
* Day 1: Meriken Park and Harborland (Light-up)
* Day 2: Kitano Ijinkan-gai
* Day 2: Ikuta Shrine, Nunobiki Herb Gardens etc.
* Day 2: Kobe Great Bridge (Light-up)
* Day 3: Kobe Oji Zoo
* Day 3: Kobe Animal Kingdom [This article]
* Day 3: Chinatown and Old Foreign Settlement (Light-up)
* Day 4: Himeji Castle
* Day 4: Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
* Day 4: Sannomiya

[Travel Date]
2018.03.08 – 11

[Main Part]

Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)

Following the previous post about “Kobe Oji Zoo (神戸市立王子動物園)”, I will continue to go around zoos in Kobe. Next, I moved to “K Computer Mae station” by Port Liner and reached “Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)”.""

“Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)” is an animal and flower park located on Port Island in Kobe.

As you can see on the map below, the zoo consists of “Inside Park” and “Outside Park”.Kobe Animal Kingdom map

I passed the entrance and started my visit from “Inside Park.Kobe Animal Kingdom

In “African Wetland” area, there were a variety of birds. For example, ringed teals.Kobe Animal Kingdom ringed teals

Mallard.Kobe Animal Kingdom Mallard

Pelican.Kobe Animal Kingdom Pelican1

Two pelicans stood side by side.Kobe Animal Kingdom Pelican2

At first, I thought this was a deer, but it was a sitatunga, which was placed in the family Bovidae.Kobe Animal Kingdom sitatunga

Following “Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)”, I saw a Red Panda.Kobe Animal Kingdom red panda1

It moved around continuously, which made it difficult for me to take photos.Kobe Animal Kingdom red panda2

Beaver.Kobe Animal Kingdom beaver1

It swam very cutely.Kobe Animal Kingdom beaver2

I will go around “Outside Park” from here. To begin with, corriedale, a breed of sheep.Kobe Animal Kingdom corriedale sheep1

It was just around a feeding time and they rushed into their food.Kobe Animal Kingdom corriedale sheep2

Zoom-in.Kobe Animal Kingdom corriedale sheep3

Bactrian Camel. I found a caution saying “Beware of spit”.Kobe Animal Kingdom Bactrian Camel

Miniature Horse. It was nice looking, wasn’t it?Kobe Animal Kingdom Miniature Horse

An alpaca was taking a rest.Kobe Animal Kingdom alpaca1

Then, it suddenly rose up.Kobe Animal Kingdom alpaca2

Zoom-up of penguin.Kobe Animal Kingdom penguin

I returned to “Inside Park”. This is a spotted seal.Kobe Animal Kingdom spotted seal

A giant tortoise walked along a walking path.Kobe Animal Kingdom giant tortoise

Patagonian maras and a capybara.Kobe Animal Kingdom mara capybara

Zoom-up of capybara.Kobe Animal Kingdom capybara1

Visitors were able to touch animals freely.Kobe Animal Kingdom capybara2

Patagonian mara lay over one another.Kobe Animal Kingdom mara

A sloth. It was more active than I expected.Kobe Animal Kingdom sloth

Blue-and-yellow macaw. “Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)” was originally started as a bird park, so there were a variety of birds.Kobe Animal Kingdom Blue-and-yellow macaw

Finally, I stopped by “Contact Animals” area where visitors were able to touch dogs and cats.Kobe Animal Kingdom dog1

Kobe Animal Kingdom dog2

Then, I left “Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)”.

UCC Coffee Museum (UCCコーヒー博物館)

I also visited “UCC Coffee Museum (UCCコーヒー博物館)” and a”Bando Kobe Science Museum (バンドー神戸青少年科学館)”, which were located along Port Liner.

First, I visited “UCC Coffee Museum (UCCコーヒー博物館)”.Kobe UCC Coffee Museum1

“UCC Coffee Museum (UCCコーヒー博物館)” is a museum about coffee operated by “UCC Ueshima Coffee”, a Japanese coffee manufacturer.

The museum showed the origin of coffee and how to grow coffee as well as the company’s history. Here are some snaps.Kobe UCC Coffee Museum2

Kobe UCC Coffee Museum3

Kobe UCC Coffee Museum4



Kobe UCC Coffee Museum5

Bando Kobe Science Museum (バンドー神戸青少年科学館)

I also went to “Bando Kobe Science Museum (バンドー神戸青少年科学館)”, which was adjacent to “UCC Coffee Museum (UCCコーヒー博物館)”.Bando Kobe Science Museum1

“Bando Kobe Science Museum (バンドー神戸青少年科学館)” was opened in 1984 taking over exhibits of “Kobe Port Island Expo”.

Here are some snaps.Bando Kobe Science Museum2

Bando Kobe Science Museum3

Bando Kobe Science Museum4

Bando Kobe Science Museum5

Bando Kobe Science Museum6

Bando Kobe Science Museum7


Bando Kobe Science Museum8


That’s it for the article about Kobe Animal Kingdom as part of Day 3.

As you can see in the article, visitors are able to touch animals easily in “Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)”. In addition, the zoo holds a variety of events and shows such as “Bird Performance Show”, though I didn’t have a chance this time. Furthermore, the zoo has “Inside Park”, so even if the weather was not good like this time, I think visitors are able to enjoy the zoo 🙂

In the next article, I will write about evening scene around Chinatown and Old Foreign Settlement as part of Day 3.


1 Kobe Animal Kingdom
2 UCC Coffee Museum
3 Bando Kobe Science Museum

[Related Link]
Feel KOBE | Official Travel Guide of Kobe City
Kobe Animal Kingdom
UCC Coffee Museum

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