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Review of Nogeyama Zoo

Nogeyama Zoo
Ranked #10 of 633 things to do in Yokohama
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

A small zoo on top of the Noge hill. The number of animals are small, but cozy. They have a petting area. Not worth it if you have no children.

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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Easy place to get to with lots of different kinds of animals. Completely free to enter and there's a petting park which allows you to touch cute little chicks, small mice and rabbits. A particular favorite of children, and I have to admit it was pretty exciting for me to hold a jumping crazy little mouse in my hands.

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Reviewed June 17, 2009

You can't beat a free Zoo. We went here before a Yokohama baseball game and wish we had more time to spend at the zoo. It was about a 20-25 minute walk from the Yokohama Stadium. There are a lot of different animals to include monkey's, birds, a lion, a tiger, snakes, turtles, a panther, a bear, and a bunch of other animals. It was a nice way to kill an hour or two. I was actually disappointed in my Frommer’s Tokyo book that it didn’t even mention it. From Shinjuku, take the Shonan-Shinjuku Line to Yokohama Station and then take the Keikyu Line to Hinodecho Station. Walk west of the station to the Zoo.

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Reviewed May 11, 2009

Being a San Diego native, I have a pretty high standard for animal parks. That said, I was surprised at the collection and size of this zoo considering it's free (well, unless you pay Yokohama city taxes of course ;)

Some highlights:
-Lesser pandas! According to Wikipedia, there are less than 2,500 of these left in the world. Very cute!
-Lions and tigers up close. I mean REALLY close, to the point where you could (but shouldn't) touch them. Most of the exhibits seem to be built in this "in-your-face" fashion.
-Petting zoo with chicks and mice.
-Big collection of monkeys. Watch them go nuts during the periodic PA announcements.
-Maybe it was just a good day, but most of the animals were energetic and moving about (we always encountered sleeping animals at the San Diego Zoo). Most even seemed to enjoy getting their pictures taken.

While I wouldn't put this as a priority for must-see sites in Japan, it could be a nice place to take a quick morning or afternoon walk with the kids or significant other, though beware of the uphill climb getting to. It should take about an hour or so to stroll around the parks ~20 exhibits.

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I noticed that directions on the zoo's website are lacking in English... so I'll give my two cents. Sakuragi-cho is the main station of choice (15-20 min walk or so), but Hinode-cho on the Keikyu Line (local trains only) is a bit closer @ 10-15 min. Get off at either station and make your way to Cheruru, which is a shopping plaza in between both stations, set at the corner of a large intersection. Turn at that intersection toward the Cheruru Wendy's, and follow the road all the way up the hill till you reach the zoo's entrance.

There is a bus bound for Yokohama Station via Sakuragi-cho Station from the zoo.

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