Zoorasia (ズーラシア) is one of Japan's newest, largest and best kept zoos. The zoo was established in 1999, and since then has been operating under the themes of "Symbiosis of Life" and "Harmony with Nature". The animals are generally kept in spacious areas that mimic their natural habitat to a degree that is not usually seen in Japanese zoos.
The animal exhibitions of Zoorasia are spread out amongst eight ecological areas: Asian Tropical Forest, Subarctic Forest, Oceanian Grassland, Central Asian Highland, Japanese Countryside, Amazon Jungle, African Tropical Rainforest and African Savannah. Among the zoo's highlights are the elephants, polar bears, black bears, okapi and proboscis monkeys. There are also a few restaurants and cafes, as well as nature trails and recreation areas for kids.
Getting there and around
By Sotetsu Railway
Zoorasia is located outside central Yokohama and is most easily accessed by Sotetsu Railway from Yokohama Station. Take a train from Yokohama to Tsurugamine Station (14 minutes, 210 yen, frequent departures) and transfer to a bus bound for the zoo (20 minutes, 220 yen, every 20-30 minutes). There are also some direct trains between Tsurugamine and Shinjuku Station in Tokyo (50 minutes, 800 yen) along the Sotetsu/JR direct line and between Tsurugamine and Shibuya Station (40 minutes, 640 yen) along the Sotetsu/Tokyu direct line.
By JR Yokohama Line
Alternatively, Zoorasia can be reached by bus from Nakayama Station along the JR Yokohama Line (10 minutes, 180 yen from Shin-Yokohama Station or 20 minutes, 310 yen from Yokohama Station). The bus ride takes about 20 minutes and costs 220 yen one way. There are 1-3 departures per hour.
Hours and Fees
December 29 to January 1
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Hotels around Yokohama
Oakwood Suites YokohamaSet less than 1 km from the centre of Yokohama, a 19-minute walk from Yokohama Marine Tower, Oakwood Suites Yokohama offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and private parking is available on site. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, shower and free toiletries, while the kitchen features a fridge, an oven and a microwave. A toaster is also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. Sankeien is 5.5 km from the aparthotel, while Nissan Stadium is 11 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from Oakwood Suites Yokohama.View on Booking.com
Guest House FUTARENOSituated in Noge district in Yokohama, GuestHouse FUTARENO is a 5-minute walk from Sakuragicho and Hinodecho stations. The renovated traditional Japanese house offers a cosy atmosphere with free property-wide WiFi. Popular attractions like the Nogeyama Zoo is a 8-minute walk away. The Minatomirai area and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse can be reached within a 23-minute walk from the property. Numerous bars can be found within a 5-minute walking distance. Guestrooms come with bunk beds and features wooden decor. Bathroom facilites are shared with other guests. Free luggage storage is available at GuestHouse FUTARENO. Guests can relax at the shared lounge.View on Booking.com
InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, an IHG HotelWell set in the centre of Yokohama, InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, an IHG Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms, a garden, free WiFi and a terrace. Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, all rooms have a desk. Every room is equipped with a safety deposit box and selected rooms include city views. All units include a wardrobe. InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, an IHG Hotel offers a buffet or American breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese at the reception, staff are always at hand to help. Yokohama Marine Tower is 2.1 km from the accommodation, while Sankeien is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, an IHG Hotel.View on Booking.com
The Kahala Hotel & Resort YokohamaIdeally located in Yokohama, The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama, open from September 2020, offers lavishly-decorated air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. This non-smoking 5-star modern hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, shops onsite, spa and fitness facilities for the guest's comfort. At The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama all stylish rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The en suite bathroom offers both bath and shower with free toiletries. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Pacifico Yokohama, Cupnoodles Museum and Yokohama Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International, 32 km from The Kahala Hotel & Resort Yokohama, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.View on Booking.com
JR-East Hotel Mets Yokohama SakuragichoAttractively set in the centre of Yokohama, JR-East Hotel Mets Yokohama Sakuragicho features buffet breakfast and free WiFi. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Yokohama Marine Tower is 2.1 km away and Sankeien is 6 km from the hotel. Nissan Stadium is 11 km from the hotel, while Motosumi-Bremen Shopping District is 16 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from JR-East Hotel Mets Yokohama Sakuragicho.View on Booking.com
Yokohama Royal Park HotelLocated above the 52nd floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower, all rooms at Yokohama Royal Park Hotel offer free WiFi and views of Yokohama City or the Yokohama Bay Bridge. Guests can take a swim at the indoor pool at the fitness centre with addtional charge, enjoy various cuisines at the 8 dining venues or request soothing massage treatments for an extra cost. Minatomirai Subway Station is a 3-minute walk and JR Sakuragicho Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. All spacious air-conditioned rooms are located between the 52nd and 67th floor, featuring carpeted floors and a flat-screen satellite TV. Each comes with a minibar and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathroom includes a bathtub and nightwear is provided for all guests. The 24-hour front desk provides dry cleaning services, luggage storage and daily newspapers. Guests can use the business centre or make travel arrangements at the concierge desk. Local gifts can be purchased at the hotel’s souvenir shop. Landmark Spa is located on the 49th floor, and above 18 years old guests can use the facilities at a surcharge. There is also a barber and beauty shop, as well as a photo studio at the property. Offering spectacular views from the 68th floor, restaurant Shikitei offers Japanese dishes, and French full courses are served at Le Ciel restaurant. You can enjoy a late-night cocktail with panoramic views of Yokohama Bay at the Sirius Lounge, located on the 70th floor. Royal Park Hotel Yokohama is a 20-minute walk from the Red Brick Warehouse and Yokohama Chinatown. The Pacifico Yokohama convention centre is an 8-minute walk away. Guests can take a 50-minute limousine bus ride to Haneda International Airport or a 2-hour limousine bus ride to Narita International Airport (charges apply).View on Booking.com
Hotel New GrandSituated right in front of Yamashita Park and looking out to the Yokohama Bay, Hotel New Grand is a renowned classic hotel with nearly a century of first-class hospitality. Motomachi-Chukagai Subway Station is just a 1-minute walk away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Featuring chic ambience and large windows offering ocean or city views, rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge and electric kettle. Minibar and an electric kettle are also provided. The en suite bathroom includes a bath tub and toiletries. While staying at New Grand Hotel, guests can receive massages at the aesthetic salons or purchase gift items at the Sundry Shop. Currency exchange and concierge services are offered. Luggage can be stored at the bell desk for free. Yokohama China Town is a 2-minute walk, Motomachi shopping area is a 5-minute walk away, and Osanbashi Pier is a 10-minute walk away. The lively Minato-mirai area and JR Yokohama Station are both within an 8-minute subway ride from the property. Le Normandie serves classic French cuisine in an elegant setting with antique interior. Il Giardino offers colourful Italian dishes, while delicately prepared Japanese meals can be enjoyed at Yugyo-an restaurant.View on Booking.com
The Yokohama Bay Hotel TokyuIn the heart of the Minato-Mirai area, just a minute's walk from Minato-Mirai Station, The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu offers spacious rooms with a balcony, spectacular views of Minato-Mirai and free WiFi. It features 6 dining options. Concierge services are available. Rooms have a luxurious interior with floor-to-ceiling windows, a seating area and an LCD TV. Amenities include a fridge, a safe and nightwear. Guests sleep in 2 extra -long double beds. Guests at the Tokyu Bay Yokohama can unwind in the sauna or relax with a massage treatment. The hotel offers ticketing services, as well as currency exchange. Facilities include a 24-hour reception, a babysitting centre and a jewellery shop. French cuisine can be enjoyed at restaurant Queen Alice, while Japanese dishes are offered in a serene Japanese-style dining area at Oshima. The hotel also offers a caf?-restaurant and 2 bars. The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is located in the Queen's Square Yokohama complex, which includes a concert hall, shops and spacious gardens. It’s directly connected to Minatomirai Subway Station, and only a 30-minute drive from Haneda Airport or a 90-minute drive from Narita Airport.View on Booking.com
The Westin YokohamaThe Westin Yokohama features a fitness centre, garden, a shared lounge and restaurant in Yokohama. This 5-star hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The property is 4.1 km from Yokohama Marine Tower, and within 2.1 km of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a coffee machine, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. The Westin Yokohama provides certain rooms with mountain views, and all rooms include a kettle. At the accommodation each room comes with bed linen and towels. Breakfast is available daily, and includes buffet, continental and American options. Sankeien is 8.1 km from The Westin Yokohama, while Nissan Stadium is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 17 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Hyatt Regency YokohamaSet in Yokohama, 600 metres from Yokohama Marine Tower, Hyatt Regency Yokohama offers accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a restaurant and a bar. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel offers room service and a 24-hour front desk. The property is 4.6 km from Sankeien, and within 200 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Hyatt Regency Yokohama features some units with city views, and the rooms have a kettle. At the accommodation the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Hyatt Regency Yokohama. Nissan Stadium is 12 km from the hotel, while Motosumi-Bremen Shopping District is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from Hyatt Regency Yokohama.View on Booking.com