Osaka Tourist Attractions: How to enjoy Tennoji Zoo



Tennoji Zoo is a historic zoo located in Osaka City and a popular tourist spot for families and animal lovers. 1915 marked the opening of the zoo, making it the third oldest zoo in Japan, and it has been enjoyed by many generations. The zoo has more than 1,000 animals of about 200 species on its 11-hectare site in Tennoji Park, offering visitors the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of animals.

The charm of the Tennoji Zoo lies in its vast grounds and natural surroundings. The zoo has many areas where animals live in a natural environment, and visitors can observe a wide variety of animals, from large animals such as lions, giraffes, and elephants to cute animals such as capybaras and red pandas. The zoo also features an exhibition method that allows visitors to see the animals’ natural behavior up close, which is of great educational value.

Furthermore, the Tennoji Zoo offers a variety of events and activities each season, so you will find something new to enjoy each time you visit. Valuable hands-on programs such as animal feeding and backyard tours are also offered, providing a wide range of fun for both children and adults.

Accessibility is another attraction of the Tennoji Zoo, with JR, subway, and Kintetsu trains serving the zoo, making it easily accessible from anywhere in Osaka City. When sightseeing in Osaka, be sure to visit the Tennoji Zoo and have a great time with the diverse animals.

Places to visit

Suggested times of year

The Tennoji Zoo can be enjoyed throughout the year, but the best times to visit are spring and fall. In spring, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the zoo’s scenery is beautifully decorated. It is also a good time to observe the animals as they are very active. Autumn has a milder climate, allowing visitors to enjoy a pleasant stroll through the zoo. It is recommended that visitors dress well for the heat in summer and for the cold in winter.

Main attractions and popular places to visit.

African Savanna Area

In this area, visitors can get up close and personal with lions, giraffes, zebras, and other animals that live on the grasslands of Africa. In this spacious exhibit area, visitors can see animals living in their natural habitat.

Asian Rainforest Area (under construction)

In the Asian Rainforest Area, animals such as tigers, elephants, and orangutans are on display. In particular, the orangutan exhibit area is thickly covered with trees, allowing visitors to observe the animals’ natural behavior.

Furendoppu Garden

The Furenseppu Garden is an area where visitors can interact with goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals. Children can develop an interest in and attachment to animals through direct contact with them. Feeding the animals is also a popular experience.

Animals’ Mealtime

At the Tennoji Zoo, there is a program where you can observe the animals at their mealtime. Watching lions and tigers eat their food is a powerful experience, and allows visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the animals’ ecology. Check the schedule on the official website or on the park’s bulletin board.

Points to note at tourist attractions

  • Avoid crowds: Weekends and holidays are often crowded, so we recommend visiting in the morning or late afternoon on weekdays.
  • Weather Preparation: Since the animals’ activities change depending on the weather, it is best to choose a sunny day for your visit. Remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, and drink plenty of water, especially to protect yourself from the heat.
  • Clothing: Dress appropriately for the season. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Safety Measures: When touching the animals, please follow the instructions of the staff and act in a safe manner. Also, the zoo is large, so be careful not to get lost.

Have a wonderful time at the Tennoji Zoo and enjoy interacting with a wide variety of animals.


Access from Shin-Osaka Station

Access to the Tennoji Zoo from Shin-Osaka Station is very convenient. First, take the Midosuji Subway Line from Shin-Osaka Station and get off at Zoo Mae Station. The trip takes about 20 minutes. From Zoo Station, it takes about 5 minutes on foot to reach the main gate of the Tennoji Zoo. Another route is to take the JR Osaka Loop Line from Shin-Osaka Station and get off at Tennoji Station. From Tennoji Station, it takes about 10 minutes on foot to reach the zoo.

Access from Namba Station

Access to the Tennoji Zoo from Namba Station is also easy. Take the Midosuji Subway Line and get off at “Dobutsuen-mae” station. It takes about 10 minutes. From Zoo Mae Station, it takes about 5 minutes on foot to reach the main gate of Tennoji Zoo. Another option is to take the JR Osaka Loop Line from JR Namba Station and get off at Shin-Imamiya Station. From Shin-Imamiya Station, it takes about 10 minutes on foot to reach the zoo.

Access from Kansai International Airport

There are two ways to get to Tennoji Zoo from Kansai International Airport: by train or by bus. When using the train, take the Nankai Railway Airport Line to “Shin-Imamiya Station”. The trip takes about 45 minutes, and from Shin-Imamiya Station it is about a 10-minute walk to the Tennoji Zoo. If you use the limousine bus, there is a direct bus service from Kansai International Airport to “Tennoji Station”, which takes about 1 hour. From Tennoji Station, it is approximately a 10-minute walk to the zoo.

Tennoji Zoo is conveniently located and easily accessible via major transportation systems in Osaka City. Please check the route before visiting and enjoy a pleasant trip.

Hours of Operation, Admission Fees

Business Hours

Tennoji Zoo is usually open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The last admission is until 4:00 pm. During summer and special events, hours may be extended, so please check the official website for the latest information before visiting. Please note that the park is closed every Monday (or the following weekday if Monday is a national holiday).

Admission Fees

Admission fees to the Tennoji Zoo are as follows

  • Adults (high school students and older): 500 yen
  • Children (elementary and junior high school students): 200 yen
  • Infants (preschool children): Free

Senior citizens aged 65 and over are admitted free upon presentation of a certificate. Admission is also free for disabled persons with a disability certificate and one caregiver. Group discounts are also available; when visiting in a group of 30 or more, the price is 450 yen for adults and 180 yen for children.

Annual Pass

Tennoji Zoo also offers annual passes. The Annual Pass costs 2,000 yen for adults and 800 yen for children, and allows you to enter the zoo as many times as you like. It is recommended for frequent visitors and locals. Special events and discount services may also be available with the Annual Pass.

Other Information

The zoo has a variety of restaurants, cafes, and stores. Many places to enjoy snacks and beverages are convenient for visitors to take a break and spend the day. The zoo also offers a family-friendly environment with stroller rentals, a nursing room, and a playground for children.


Tennoji Zoo is a historic zoo located in Osaka City, and is a popular spot for families and animal lovers. The 11-hectare site is home to more than 1,000 animals of about 200 species. Cherry blossoms bloom in spring and the weather is pleasant and ideal for visiting in autumn.

Major attractions include the African Savanna Area with lions, giraffes, and elephants, the Asian Rainforest Area with tigers and orangutans, the Koala Pavilion where you can see adorable koalas, and the Children’s Zoo where you can touch goats and rabbits. Also popular is a program that allows visitors to observe the animals at their mealtime.

Tennoji Zoo is a must-visit place when sightseeing in Osaka. Make great memories by interacting with a wide variety of animals and enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings.