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Zoorasia (Yokohama Zoo), Japan - Bumble Bee Mum

Zoorasia in Yokohama is a relatively new zoo in Japan, opened in 1999.  We were looking for a kids-friendly spot to break up the drive from Tokyo to Hakone and while scrolling around Google Map (yes, I like to just scroll around Google Map to look for places to go), we saw this zoo pretty much right smack in the centre of our route and decided to check it out!

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Zoorasia turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected! With eight zones to recreate the animals’ natural habitats and three playgrounds along the way, we could easily have spent the whole day here!

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Zoorasia was one of the most well-planned zoo I have visited.  Everything was layed out along one single path which you just need to follow and you won’t miss a thing.  No walking around in circles or backtracking – you just walk from one end to another end.

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At at the end of the path, you can choose to catch a bus back (200 yen per adult / 100 yen per child) or, well, walk all the way back again.  You do not have to walk through the entire zoo again, there was a shorter path leading directly back to the exit – but it didn’t seem like there was anything much to see along the way.  There was a playground long the way though.  Anyway we chose to take the bus back.

Animal Zones

Asian Tropical Rainforest

Needing no warming up, the moment we entered the zoo, we were greeted by Asian elephants and tigers!

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Forest of Subartic

This area had the largest variety of animals.  We started with a walk-in bird cage where we saw all kinds of birds and pheasants.

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We also passed by a pond with mandarin ducks swimming inside.

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Before reaching the penguins, fur seals and polar bear!

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Oceanian Grassland

This is where you find Kangaroos and Emus.  Pretty small area, sorry no photos.

Central Asian Highland

Here, there were Tibetan Macaque, proboscis monkeys, Dhole and Mongolian Wild Ass.

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Japanese Countryside

As the name suggested, this is where we found the local animals, including the Japanese black bear and our ‘favourite’ Japanese Macaque a.k.a. snow monkeys.

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Amazon Jungle

This section didn’t leave much of an impression on me.  There was a capybara, but the capybaras at Mother Farm looked much happier.  Hmmm…

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African Tropical Rainforest

The star here was definitely the Okapi which had the butt of a zebra.  But turned out it was closely related to giraffes.  This was the first time I saw an Okapi, and I always get excited when I see new animals.

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And I thought the red river hogs looked quite cute, snuggling together while they slept.

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Chimpanzees… We have many of them in Singapore Zoo but the ones here looked less friendly.

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African Savanna

Last but not least, we finally found our beloved African animals: zebra, giraffe, lion, cheetah etc.

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Playgrounds

There were three playgrounds according to the guide map, but we missed one because we took the bus back to the entrance.

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The first playground was located between the Amazon jungle and African Tropical Rainforest.

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Over here, I especially love the slide that is shaped like an Okapi!

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And the boys loved the dinosaur ‘skeletons’.

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The second playground was located beside the African Savanna.

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This playground was more suitable for older children.  Then 2 year old MY climbed in and got lost and cried like crazy.  The husband had to go in to save him.  Younger children could play at the area where the yellow slide was – but it was pretty small.

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Shows

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There was also a bird show when we were there.  The shows are Zoorasia were seasonal and you have to check their event schedule for shows and timings.

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The bird show we caught was very fun to watch despite it being in Japanese, and MF was even picked to go up to hold the hoop for the bird to fly through!

Food

There were cafeterias along the way and while the food selection wasn’t fantastic, it was pretty decent.  Well, food in Japan is usually decent.

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We managed to grab a burger from Freshness Burger kiosk near the entrance for breakfast, and by the time we reached the Savanna playground, it was time for lunch and there was a cafeteria there were we had lunch.

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Autumn Foliage

We were there in early December and there was quite a bit a of autumn foliage around the zoo.  Being from evergreen Singapore, I enjoyed the autumn foliage as much as the animals!

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In Summary…

I absolutely loved Zoorasia and recommend spending a whole day there if you are in Yokohama with kids.  The animals shown in this post were just a fraction of what you could find at Zoorasia.  The admission was very reasonable at 800 yen (adult) and our children aged 2 and 4 could enter free.  Parking was also free. So in total, this pit stop only cost us 1600yen – which was like cheaper than a single adult ticket to Singapore Zoo?

Zoorasia also rents out strollers (called ‘Baby Car’ in Japanese) if you need one.  The zoo was very stroller friendly.  If you did not bring your own stroller, you can rent one from the guest services at the entrance for 500 yen (+ 500yen refundable deposit).

Getting to Zoorasia Yokohama

From Yokohama Station (West Exit), take the bus bound for Yokohama Dobutsuen to Zoorasia.  The ride is about 1 hour.  (Click here for bus schedule.)

Alternatively, there are also buses from Tsurugamine Station (Sotetsu Line) or Nakayama Station (JR Yokohama Line / Yokohama Subway Line).  These buses are more frequent and take about 15 min to get to the zoo.

> Click here for access information on Zoorasia Website

Information:

Address: 〒241-0001 横浜市旭区上白根町1175-1

Tel: 045-959-1000

Map Code (what is this?): 2 258 767

Opening Hours:

  • 9.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 4pm)
  • Closed on Tuesdays and from 29 Dec to 1 Jan every year.

Admission Fees:

  • Adult (above 18 years old): 800yen
  • High school student: 300yen
  • Elementary / Middle school student: 200yen
  • Below elementary school age: FREE

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.

10Comments

  1. Lydia C. Lee says:

    Enjoy your trip and sorry to hear about the link up discontinuing. A lot of work, I understand. Enjoy!

  2. Jac Ho says:

    Looks like a very interesting zoo. An oh, I will miss your linky. Anyway, enjoy your trip!

  3. Have a good trip. I’m looking forward to your stories!
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  4. Bye bye travel Tuesday linkup 😢 Have fun for your upcoming adventures! 😄
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  5. Patrick says:

    This zoo looks interesting! Perfect to keep the kids busy during our stay!

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