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Nogeyama Zoological Garden

Feel free to come here and have fun. Zoological garden with no entrance fee.

This Zoological Garden was established on April 1st, 1951.  There are more than one hundred kinds of animals, and birds – giraffe and lions are among them, and there is no entrance fee.

Located on the Nogeyama Hill, the zoo itself is very compact – you have a
slight walk and see the whole zoo.  The fact that animals are rather close to you is very attractive, and everyone –from babies to older people – can watch and enjoy. There are some stairways and heavy slopes, but roots for wheel chairs are ready for your convenience, too.

Look for this gate on the way to Nogeyama Zoological Garden. From the district Noge, with food and drink establishments, follow the board “Nogeyama Street”.

As you climb up the slope, the area around you will turn into the landscape with lush greenery. This fifteen minute trip is surprisingly fun. Don’t worry about getting lost – there are guidance signs everywhere.

Red panda meets you close to the entrance. This is an almost iconic animal of Nogeyama zoo, known for its lovely expression and gesture.

This majestic lion is Raja (male), born in 2008. If timing is right you might even get a chance to encounter lion’s meal, which is really fascinating.

Here is the house of reptiles, a constant temperature room, where you can meet crocodiles, tortoises, chameleon. This house is very popular among children.

Giraffe – so close that it is even a bit scary. The appearance of giraffe,
stretching its neck to lazily chew the grass, attached to the fence, is really
healing.

This “fellowship square” where you can touch guinea pigs or house mice is one the guests’ favorite places. Not only children, but also adults are allowed to come here. Three times a day the place closes for cleaning, so it might be good to check the interaction schedule first.

Zoo keepers will tell you how to handle animals, so even unexperienced
people can participate. You put this fluffy and warm guinea pig over your knee and somehow get this peaceful and calm feeling.

A Humboldt penguin, popular for it’s a bit droll appearance.  The view of penguin jumping into the pool during hot season is really exhilarating.

There is an indoor lounge where you can have drinks or snacks, and in front of it there is an outdoor space equipped with tables and benches called “Hidamari square”. When the weather is fine it is so good to chill out here.

Get your souvenirs here, at Nakayoshi shop, next to the entrance gate. There are plenty cute stuffed toys and guignol dolls that you might want to take with you, just as your memories. Try full-tasted Nogeyama soft cream, too.

The bridge, connecting zoological
garden and the park with observation deck, was designed by Sori Yanagi, a Japanese product designer. The bridge, combining modern structure and design, has become a revolutionary one, though it was designed at the era when it was enough just to make it functional and structurally safe.

 

Nogeyama Zoological Gardens

Nogeyama Zoo is positioned as a “zoological garden that can be easily visited by anyone, for relax or for healing and where small kids can obtain their first experience of interacting with animals” and has been serving as a gate for a deeper understanding of animal world.
  • Shop/Spot name
    Nogeyama Zoological Gardens
  • Address
    63-10 Oimatsu-cho Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
  • Tel
    045-231-1307
  • Business hours
    From 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (entrance is until 4 pm) Fixed holiday: Every Monday (the next day if it falls on a holiday), December 29 - January 1 ※ It is closed every 5 / October.

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