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!
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!
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.
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.
Asian Tropical Rainforest
Needing no warming up, the moment we entered the zoo, we were greeted by Asian elephants and tigers!
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.
We also passed by a pond with mandarin ducks swimming inside.
Before reaching the penguins, fur seals and polar bear!
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.
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.
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…
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.
And I thought the red river hogs looked quite cute, snuggling together while they slept.
Chimpanzees… We have many of them in Singapore Zoo but the ones here looked less friendly.
Last but not least, we finally found our beloved African animals: zebra, giraffe, lion, cheetah etc.
There were three playgrounds according to the guide map, but we missed one because we took the bus back to the entrance.
The first playground was located between the Amazon jungle and African Tropical Rainforest.
Over here, I especially love the slide that is shaped like an Okapi!
And the boys loved the dinosaur ‘skeletons’.
The second playground was located beside the African Savanna.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Address: 〒241-0001 横浜市旭区上白根町1175-1
Map Code (what is this?): 2 258 767
- 9.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 4pm)
- Closed on Tuesdays and from 29 Dec to 1 Jan every year.
- Adult (above 18 years old): 800yen
- High school student: 300yen
- Elementary / Middle school student: 200yen
- Below elementary school age: FREE
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Welcome to ‘Travel Tuesday‘! This week will be the last time I’m running this Travel Tuesday link-up. We will be taking a break for the next 3 weeks to, well, travel. After we come back, we will continue to share a travel post (or more!) every week, but we will not be running this link-up anymore. You can, however, continue to find us at the following link-ups:
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