Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Zoorasia, Co-existing with Nature

Summer is about to end. Before it does, Dad took us to Zoorasia after the English mass service last Sunday. It was a totally unexpected trip. We were still in our Sunday attires and I haven't brought towels, extra change of clothes, packed food, some water and other necessities that go with a family outing. So you can just imagine the sweaty faces, wet shirts and aching feet that we got afterward. But it was all worth it! However totally unexpected the trip may be, we had a very great time.


Zoorasia guide map, and tickets

The Yokohama Zoological Gardens or Zoorasia is located in Yokohama City. It proudly holds up to its main theme, "co-existing with all of nature and living beings" by the naturalistic settings that they have created. Step into a whole new world and experience the cool forests of the Subarctic and Asia, the wild jungles of the African Rain Forest and the Amazon, and the wild Japanese countryside. The display of endangered species and wildlife animals from different parts of the world allows you to experience a zoological trip around the world.

The nice thing about the park is that you can see all of the attractions in one day because there is a main route. If you want to skip one attraction, you can take the shortcuts that have been provided. Also, with elevators and slopes, the park is highly accessible for people with strollers and wheelchairs, so that everyone can come! The recreation areas are great for kids wanting to have a rest or play. The nature trails allow you to experience natural forests. There are also dining facilities scattered around the park - the Jungle Cafe, Aussie Hill Grill Restaurant, and the Haagen Dazs Cafe. Restroom facilities and vending machines are also available at various locations around the park just in case nature calls or if you ran out of drinking water.

Zoorasia is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm from Wednesdays to Mondays. Admission fees range from 200JPY to 600JPY depending on your age age. It is accessible by train/bus via the Tsurugamine or Mitsukyo Stations on the Sotetsu Line or the Nakayama Station on the JR Yokohama Line. From each station, you will take a 15-minute ride by bus bound for Zoorasia. If you are going there by car, it is about 15 minutes (approx. 6km) from Yokohama Machida I.C. of the Tomei Expressway, about 5 minutes (approx. 2km) from Shimokawai I.C. of Hodogaya Bypass, and about 20 minutes (approx. 7km) from Kohoku I.C. of the Dai-san Keihin Expressway.

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