The Hirakawa Zoo opens from 09:00-17:00 and take their last guests at 16:30. The entrance fee is ¥500 per person. You can also get a discount if you buy a combo ticket of the Kagoshima City Aquarium and the zoo. Children under 6 do not pay but elementary and middle school aged children pay ¥100. They have strollers for rent at about ¥200-¥300 (without and with top, respectively). Umbrellas can be rented at ¥100. They also have a coin lockers at about ¥100. They do have wheelchairs but I am not sure if they are free.
To get there, you can catch bus number 2, from Kagoshima Chuo station, it usually has Hirakawa Zoo written as one of their destinations. But you may ask the driver.
You can also catch the train and get off at The Hirakawa stop but the walk is about 20-30 mins to the zoo.
Within the zoo, you may find animal s from the African Savannah, the Indian forests, from South America and even from Australia. There’s a variety of birds and reptiles. The area with kangaroos is an open space so kangaroos can walk right next to you, it’s pretty awesome. The Penguins also walk along with you during their show time. Very cute, especially for the children. They have a petting zoo area but it is only available at certain times and unfortunately, we missed it. The other zoo in Ibusuki, called Nagasakibana is more of a petting zoo than this one.
Once done touring the zoo, you can enter the amusement park area. Where you can purchase tickets at the booth or at the machines for ¥100 per ticket. Most rides were ¥100 per adult. Lots of fun options. My daughter wanted to go on the merry go round 4 times, so we did. There is also a nice Ferris wheel with lovely views. There is a castle shaped building in which there are different cars and trucks, and planes that children can ride. Not for free of course, but you can purchase the coins at the machine booths within the building.
Finally, if you get hungry, you can buy fries, sausage, ice cream and churros in the main zoo area where the elephants and peacocks are. Near that area, you can also soak your feet in the foot bath.