Kachoen Matsue Vogelpark is a recommended attraction if you are visiting Matsue in Shimane Prefecture in south western Japan. The park is a superb presentation of flowers and birds in a lovely natural setting.
Birds on display that visitors can get up close and friendly with include ducks, emus, parrots, pelicans, penguins, swans and a seemingly endless variety of tropical birds. Birds of prey including eagles, hawks and owls are also shown to visitors by their expert handlers.
The large flower gardens include beautiful plantings of begonias, fuchsias and geraniums.
Matsue's Kachoen is part of a larger chain of bird and flower theme parks with sister sites in Kobe (Tel: 078 302 8899), Fujinomiya city in Shizuoka (Tel: 0544 302 8899) and Kakegawa Vogel Park also in Shizuoka (Tel: 0567 62 6363).
Kachoen Matsue Vogelpark is popular with couples and families especially on weekends and public holidays.
There are restaurants serving local food and a cafe on site.
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Admission: Adults 1050 yen; 6-12 year old children 525 yen
Take the train to Matsue Vogel Park Station from Matsue or Izumo on the Ichibata Railway Kitamatsue Line. Matsue Vogel Park Station is the first station on the line heading west from the terminus at Shinjiko Onsen Station in Matsue.
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