ITOZU NO MORI Zoological Park
Information for Visitors
(1) Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(2) Closed: Tuesdays (open if Tuesday falls on a National Holiday - closed the following day in such cases), year-end / New Year period
*May be open every day in the New Year, Spring and Summer holidays and other peak tourist seasons.
(3) On display: around 100 different species - 500 animals and birds in total
*Changes in display content may be necessary in certain circumstances.
A re-creation of the African savannah, the domain of lions and herbivores.
Forest Floor World
A world of greenery, ponds and streams that is home to many forest animals and birds.
Here you can encounter monkeys, birds and other tree-dwelling jungle creatures.
Our Waterside Community
Some 90 birds across 17 different species occupy this huge 13 meter-high enclosure that covers some 704㎡. Visitors can walk through the enclosure to observe the birds in their natural habitat.
Our Forest Community
This lushly wooded area is home to many familiar small animals, including raccoon dogs, flying squirrels and hares. A Hometown Wildlife Center located in this area fulfills an educational function, operating a program of lectures and hosting displays on small animals, insects and other wildlife found in the local area.
Here, visitors can come into closer contact with familiar small animals and birds. Activities include donkey riding, feeding, and touching and handling a variety of creatures.
This zone features family-oriented attractions including a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round. Children can also play in an adventure playground. Enjoy a picnic at one of the many benches and tables around the grassed area.
Restaurant and Shop
Our menu ranges from curry and noodle dishes through to hot dogs, other light meals and beverages. Lunch boxes can be prepared for group visitors if booked in advance.
Inquiries: Forest - telephone 093-652-2130
Just inside the North and South Gates. Around 1,700 items are available including sweets and other souvenirs, T-shirts, stationery and stuffed toys.
Inquiries: ZOO Shop - telephone (093)654-6241
Prohibitions and cautions
- Please do not bring pets (guide dogs / service dogs excepted), skateboards, barbeque equipment, or other hazardous items into the Park.
- Please do not smoke in the Park.
- There are no garbage receptacles available except those for disposal of items purchased within the Park. Please cooperate in taking garbage from meals and other items back home with you.
- Please do not feed the animals anything other than food sold for that purpose within the Park.
- Please take your garbage with you.
Baby buggy hire
Baby buggies are available for hire at both the North and South Gates. Cost is 100 yen per day, plus a refundable security deposit of 400 yen. All buggies are "B-style" models. Please note that numbers are limited, and it is not possible to reserve in advance.
Wheelchairs are available free of charge at both the North and South Gates. Please note that numbers are limited, and it is not possible to reserve in advance.
Facilities include an infant changing area, a nursing room, and a sink with hot water for preparing baby formula. Located on level 2 of the Administration Center.
Features changing facilities for both infants and adults, and an adult-size bed accessible by wheelchair.
For use by visitors who feel ill or have fallen or injured themselves within the Park. A variety of standard medication is available.
Lost property reports can be filed at the Administration Center. If an item is found, the owner will be contacted as requested when the lost property report was made.
Missing child care and search service
Missing children can be reported to the Administration Center. Staff members stationed around the park can assist in locating a missing child, maintaining radio contact and referring to descriptions of the child provided. We also take custody of lost children at level 1 of the Administration Center.
Fees and Charges
(1) Admission fees
|Adults||Junior/Senior High School age||4 years - Elementary School age|
|Regular||800 yen||400 yen||100 yen|
|Groups||600 yen||300 yen||50 yen|
|Disabled||400 yen||200 yen||50 yen|
(2) Parking fees
|Ordinary vehicles||600 yen||650 spaces in multi-storey car park at north side of the Park|
|Mid- and large-sized vehicles||1,000 yen||33 spaces in bus-only parking area (reservations essential)|
(3) Play equipment and other fees
|Ferris wheel||300 yen||Caters for wheelchairs (one only - boarding by elevator)|
|Mini monorail||200 yen|
|Cycling monorail||200 yen||Minimum height of 110 cm|
|Kids' train||200 yen|
|Ball pool||200 yen||Ages 0 to elementary school (5 minutes maximum)|
|Ball play area||200 yen||Ages 3 to elementary school (5 minutes maximum) *Ages 0 to 2 allowed if accompanied by parent/guardian|
|Coin-operated machines||100 yen||Approx. 30 types including battery-operated cars, fixed rides etc.|
|Donkey rides||200 yen||Maximum weight of 30 kg (one circuit)|
|Animal feeding||100 yen||Goat, elephant, raccoon, Japanese monkey, raccoon dog|
|Baby buggy hire||100 yen / day||400 yen security deposit required at time of hire, refunded upon return|
(1) By car
Kitakyushu Urban Expressway:
Take the Sanji exit, turn right at the Shichijo intersection heading for Kokura. Approx. 3 km.
(2) By Nishitetsu Bus
Adjacent to the "Itozu-no-mori Koen-mae" bus stop.
(3) By JR train
From Fukuoka: Alight at JR Yahata station, then catch the Nishitetsu bus from Nishi-honmachi bus stop located 5 minutes' walk from the station. Bus journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
From Shimonoseki/Moji/Oita: Alight at JR Kokura station. 20 minutes by bus or 10 minutes by taxi from the station.
Itozu-no-mori Zoological Park
4-1 Kamiitozu, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken 803-0845
Telephone (093)651-1895 Fax (093)651-1917