Free zoo? Yes, there is such a thing! You can experience a great day at the zoo with no entrance fee at the Nogeyama Zoo in Yokohama. Being strategically near Minato Mirai, the Nogeyama Zoo serves as a blissful escape for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sure, there are a lot of other interesting things to see in Yokohama, but if you’re looking for some place laid-back, then this is what you’re looking for. From Sakuragicho Station, it would be a 15-minute walk going to the zoo. If you want a shorter walk, you also have the option of having to walk from Keikyu Hidonecho Station. From here, you would reach the zoo in 10 minutes.
The zoo houses around 90 species of animals which include birds, monkeys, snakes, wild cats, etc. It measures to about 3.3 hectares, which is relatively small compared to the other major zoos in the Metro. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The thing with big zoos is that you tend to scramble on your feet just to be able to go around the whole zoo, making sure you don’t miss any animals before the closing time. The Nogeyama Zoo invites you to take it easy, enjoy the animals as long as you please, and just simply relax and delight in the surroundings. Now doesn’t that just sound like the perfect weekend plan?
One of the sought after attractions at the zoo is the “Nakayoshi Hiroba” or the petting zoo. This is where you get to touch and play with small animals such as mice, guinea pigs, and chickens. This is fun, especially for small children to experience petting such animals for the first time. Guests who wish to enter are given time stamps or tickets which indicate the time they could enter the petting zoo. Prior to entering the petting area, guests are briefed on how to handle the animals so as to ensure that the animals are treated well throughout the experience. After 20 minutes or so, the guests are then politely told to leave the area so that the next group could have a go. Everyone exiting the area would then line up at the hand washing area to clean up.
Other crowd favorites would have to be the lion, tiger, giraffe, penguins, and red pandas. Aside from those, the Nogeyama Zoo also houses different reptiles which are all kept in the reptile room. Different varieties of snakes, turtles, tortoises, lizards, and alligators can be found in the reptile room. One could be lost in fascination for hours just looking at these amazing creatures.
Nogeyama Zoo is a perfect place to spend some time with your family and friends. The next time you visit Yokohama, make sure to pack up a mat, bring a few snacks, wear some comfy shoes (tons of walking!), and head on to Nogeyama Zoo. For more information on the Nogeyama Zoo, visit their website.