Attraction 1175-1 Kamishiranecho Asahi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 241-0001 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:30 AM - 04:00 PM|
Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'' is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'' is special ?
Zoorasia is one of Japan's newest, largest and best kept zoos. The zoo was established in 1999, and since then has been operating under the themes of "Symbiosis of Life" and "Harmony with Nature". The animals are generally kept in spacious areas that mimic their natural habitat to a degree that is not usually seen in Japanese zoos.
The animal exhibitions of Zoorasia are spread out amongst seven ecological areas: Asian Tropical Forest, Subarctic Forest, Oceanian Grassland, Central Asian Highland, Japanese Countryside, Amazon Jungle and African Tropical Rainforest. Among the zoo's highlights are the elephants, polar bears, black bears, okapi and proboscis monkeys. There are also a few restaurants and cafes, as well as nature trails and recreation areas for kids.
What to explore at Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''?
In this zoological garden in the suburbs of Yokohama, you can see animals in an environment similar to their natural habitats. The zoo was opened in 1999 under the themes of "Symbiosis of Life" and "Harmony with Nature" and uses mostly moats, instead of fences or walls, to divide the animals and the viewers.
The animal exhibitions are divided into seven different climate zones - Subarctic Forest, Central Asian Highland, Asian Tropical Forest, Oceanian Grassland, Amazon Jungle, African Tropical Rain Forest, and Japanese Countryside. The zoo exhibits such rare animals as okapi, proboscis monkey, Tsushima cat, Indian lion, kagu and a various types of tapirs. The zoo has a breeding center for the purpose of researching and preserving rare species.
How to get to Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''?
Zoorasia is located outside central Yokohama and is most easily accessed by Sotetsu Railways from Yokohama Station. Take a train from Yokohama to Tsurugamine Station (14 minutes, 200 yen, frequent departures) and transfer to a bus bound for the zoo (15 minutes, 410 yen, every 20 minutes).
Alternatively, Zoorasia can be reached by bus from Nakayama Station along the JR Yokohama Line (10 minutes, 170 yen from Shin-Yokohama Station or 20 minutes, 290 yen from Yokohama Station). The bus ride takes about 15 minutes and costs 220 yen one way. There are departures every 20 minutes.
- Huge park with a lot to offer
- Fun activity for a day trip
- Great activity with kids
- Some different animals to other zoos
- Great to visit on a weekday
1175-1 Kamishiranecho Asahi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 241-0001 Japan
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The day was very cold when we went to Zoorasia, in fact they had forecast snow! But that did not stop us. We had a little adventure to get there as we first caught the train from Yokohama to Tsurugamine station on the Sotetsu line and then needed to transfer to a bus for the zoo. Unfortunately we did not follow the signs to the bus terminal correctly and ended up on a little walking tour! Anyhow we found the terminal and then with a little friendly talk to the bus drivers found the correct bus to take. The bus trip was about 20 minutes or so and cost 210yen. Cost for the zoo was 600yen for adult and 300yen for our 14 year old daughter. When we first walked into the zoo we were advised that they were feeding the elephants which is just near the entrance so we were able to watch this first up. The day was definitely cold with the water on the ground being frozen, but the elephants were getting hosed with warm water and loving it! The zoo is quite big and has different sections so make sure you visit each section so as not to miss out on anything. We enjoyed seeing the big cats..... lion, tiger and leopard in the Asian Tropical Forest. The Subarctic Forest had penguins, seals and as well as otters red pandas and artic birds, but the most interesting was the Polar bear that was having a wonderful time in the cold weather swimming and playing. The underwater observatory allowed us to watch him swimming under the water which was very entertaining. The Japanese Countryside section had interesting animals such as Tsushima Leopard Cat, Japanese Badger/Raccoon Dog, Japanese red fox and Japanese Black bear. The other sections included the Oceanian Grassland, Central Asian Highland, Amazon Jungle and African Tropical Rainforest, which is quite new and only opened up about a year ago. There is also some further building happening so they are expanding this area even further. We had lunch at the Aussie Hill restaurant overlooking the kangaroos. On our return we found that we could catch the bus directly back to Yokohama station so opted to get back this way as we did not then need to transfer. It was such a wonderful day
I've not go to here for 1 year. I'm happy to go. but day time is so HOT. NightZOOrasia closed at 20:30 Saturday and Sunday to 9/1 and Today.
Bushdogs! This was my first time seeing them. Their ears make them look like bears, but they're dogs! That was the highlight of my trip. I liked the "animals native to Japan" exhibit in the middle. Tanuki was skinnier than I had thought. I guess maybe because I'm used to seeing chubby raccoons of North America. Okapi is on their logo, so they must be a highlight, but they weren't that interesting... I went in July 2014, and it was HOT. But they had some misty things in the middle valley and in the rest benches, which was nice. There were two playgrounds as you walk through the zoo! Nice for kids who get tired of just looking at stuff. I'm looking forward to going again after the "African Savannah" exhibit opens on April 22, 2015... though adult prices will increase to 800 yen from 600. All-day general parking is 1000 yen. There is no hourly rate. I guess that's good for not having to hurry to look at the exhibits.