Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Japan
The Higashiyama Zoo, which is one of the largest zoos in Japan, opened in 1937. Located near downtown Nagoya, the area has a large zoo, botanical gardens, and a small amusement park. The zoo has about 500 species of animals ranging from large elephants to small medaka, also known as Japanese rice fish. The zoo's medakas are offspring of fish that were hatched on the Space Shuttle during the first flight of a female Japanese astronaut in 1994. The Botanical Gardens is home to thousands of beautiful plants, an historic greenhouse that is a World Heritage Site, and lovely Japanese gardens and water features. The Higashiyama Sky Tower, which opened in 1989, is also located here. It stands 134 metres (440 feet) tall and is home to a restaurant, a 360° observation deck, and over a dozen large wireless relay antennas for disaster workers and first-responders.