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
2018.03.08 – 11
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”.
I passed the entrance and started my visit from “Inside Park.
In “African Wetland” area, there were a variety of birds. For example, ringed teals.
Two pelicans stood side by side.
At first, I thought this was a deer, but it was a sitatunga, which was placed in the family Bovidae.
Following “Kobe Animal Kingdom (神戸どうぶつ王国)”, I saw a Red Panda.
It moved around continuously, which made it difficult for me to take photos.
It swam very cutely.
I will go around “Outside Park” from here. To begin with, corriedale, a breed of sheep.
It was just around a feeding time and they rushed into their food.
Bactrian Camel. I found a caution saying “Beware of spit”.
Miniature Horse. It was nice looking, wasn’t it?
An alpaca was taking a rest.
Then, it suddenly rose up.
Zoom-up of penguin.
I returned to “Inside Park”. This is a spotted seal.
A giant tortoise walked along a walking path.
Patagonian maras and a capybara.
Zoom-up of capybara.
Visitors were able to touch animals freely.
Patagonian mara lay over one another.
A sloth. It was more active than I expected.
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.
Finally, I stopped by “Contact Animals” area where visitors were able to touch dogs and cats.
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)”.
“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.
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 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.
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
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