Travel • Yokohama Zoorasia (Dec 2017)

Besides visiting the attractions in Tokyo, I like to make day-trips to Yokohama. After all, the train journey to Yokohama station is less than 45 minutes from Shinjuku.
We visited Yokohama Zoorasia last December. This zoo opened in 1999 and is one of the biggest zoo in Japan. The entrance ticket to the zoo is unbelievably cheap at only 800Yen per adult and 200Yen for children above 7 years old! The journey to Zoorasia may not be very straight forward but it wasn't difficult to figure out too.


We took the train to Yokohama station, walked to South exit for Sotetsu Line (walk through the shopping lane where Takashimaya is), take the train to Tsurugamine station. After exiting the gantry at Tsurugamine station, there'll be a Zoorasia signboard. Follow the directions to the bus station for a 15 minutes bus ride. It costs 220Yen/adult and 110Yen/child for a single trip.
Couldn't resist getting an ekiben even though we were not taking Shinkansen!
Get yours at Tsurugamine station! ^,^



Besides the layout of spacious ground where the animals can roam freely within their enclosure, there were also 3 outdoor playgrounds spread out around the zoo for children to play and a small fureai farm too, for animal petting and feeding!
 




The highlight and star of Zoorasia has got to be Okapi, you can see it everywhere from restaurants to souvenir shops to playgrounds!
We managed to see the real one towards the end of the day, how lucky. Because it was almost closing time!
Of the seven wildlife habitat zones, we did not visit Asian Tropical Forest as it was closed for some construction works.


Because the habitats in Zoorasia were quite spread out, there's an option to use their shuttle bus service. You can choose to pay per trip or opt for a day-pass which entitles unlimited rides.
¥200/A,¥100/C for Single trip ticket
¥400/A,¥200/C for Day ticket (unlimited rides)
 
We had lunch at Aqua Terrace Café, because our favourite Freshness Burger was located at Asian Tropical Forest which was closed. This was their main restaurant, it's canteen style and the food options were simple.
After filling our tummies, we went to Paka Paka Hiroba for horse feeding and guinea pig petting. A pity I did not take any photos of the guinea pigs and mice that my boys held because I misunderstood that photography was not allowed! :(



The petting session here was only 5 minutes, it was really too short! In comparison we enjoyed the fureai more at Mother Farm.

We really enjoyed the spacious Zoo, although most of the animals seem to be in hibernation mode due to the winter season. We left at closing time, took a bus back to
Tsurugamine station and then transferred to Yokohama station where we had dinner.

It was really an enjoyable day for my boys! And these were what we bought at the Zoo!

Information
Yokohama Zoorasia
Opens:
9:30am to 4:30pm
(Closed on Tuesday)
Nearest station:
Tsurugamine station, followed by a 15mins bus ride
Website: 
http://www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/zoo/zoorasia/

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