During Nagoya's Autumn Festival, the local government opens up all the public facilities for everyone's enjoyment, and that included the Higashiyama Zoo and Bontanical Gardens.
During last 2018's Autumn Festival, I was able to go there are witness the awesomeness of this place. 🐾🦍🦏
We had a wonderful time here, even though we had a limited time. The place is huge, there's a zoo, sky tower, botanical garden and amusement park. Zoo is nice, clean and spacious. Many interesting animals such as koala, polar bear, wolf, bison, chimpanzees, rhinos, kangaroos, flamingo, lions, and many others. Their famous gorilla has viewing hours, be there before 3pm I think. Just check their schedule. We aren't able to see him, but we still enjoy our little trip to the zoo. The amusement park is quite good for small kids (under about 10 years) though the rides would be of limited appeal to older kids, except the roller coaster. The gardens are huge and beautiful and are well worth the price of admission on their own even if you have no interest in seeing the animals. If you visit the gardens, the Hoshigaoka train station is more convenient than the Higashiyama Koen one.