A warm nostalgic feeling takes over as the orange sunset hits the Ferris wheel cabins. Here at the Kyoto City Zoo we find the oldest active Ferris wheel in Honshu.
Funded by both the city and citizen's donation the Kyoto City Zoo opened on the 36th year of the Meiji Period. Inside its grounds, the “Nihon kagaku Yuen co.” started its administration and opened a locomotive for children only one year after the end of war, at the 21st year of Meiji.Ten years later in 1956 it assembled its Ferris wheel at a time these rides were rare.Carrying 12 cabins of 4 passengers and at 12 meters high, offering clear view of Okazaki Park as well Higashiyama area, it became a popular place to ride and enjoy the panorama. The oldest Ferris wheel existing in the country was built in 1945 the "Sorachu Ferris wheel ", In Hokkaido at the Onuma Park, later in 1951renamed Hakodate Park’s “Kodomonokuni”, registered since longest running Ferris wheel in Japan. On this very spot by the end on the Heian Period laid a temple called Hoshoji housing a tall and majestic octagonal pagoda of 81 meters high where now stands the Ferris wheel. Doesn’t this touching piece of information that makes this location even more precious? One ride of two minutes costs 200 yen, but in that small period riding your gondola you can feel transported back in time. The wheel is part of a lovely childhood memory of many sexagenarians, as the reflecting sunset rays hit the wheel pods, creating a somehow melancholic picture.
The Ferris Wheel at Kyoto City Zoo
- Kyoto City Higashiyama-ku hanamikoji Sueyoshi-chō Nishi North side
- Seven minutes walk away from subway Tozai Line, “Keage Station”, bus stop “Okazakikoendobutsuenmae”
- 9:00～17:00（March to November）9:00～16:30（December to February）
- 600 yen , Free entrance for children under 15 years old