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Nogeyama Zoo | Free Yokohama

There is a really great free zoo in Yokohama near Hinodecho Station. Despite being free it is a decent sized zoo with a great selection of animals. The thing I liked best about it is that they have designed it in such a way that during visiting hours the animals are up close and visible even to the smallest of children.  Saitama has a number of free zoos too, but it is much larger with a better choice of animals than both the free and low cost zoo areas here (Kitamoto, Maruyama, Omiya, Chikozan).


The place was crowded understandably, and according to Google reviews, even on a weekday it is quite busy. The zoo has been around a long time and was the first zoo in Japan to enjoy success in housing a number of foreign animals including leopards, sloth bear and lemurs. They still have the latter (lemurs) but currently there are no sloth bears or leopards. They do have other bears, and a lion and tiger. You can see them up close and personal. They have a fantastic petting area where you can meet, touch and hold a variety of small animals such as mice, guinea pigs, chickens and snakes. Beside that area they have a few penguins with low barriers for easy viewing. They currently have a good selection of monkeys. The red pandas are supposedly the most popular especially at feeding time. In total there are about 1500 animals of 100 different species. They have a list of all animals on their website.


The zoo is quite hilly, but there are ramps that people with strollers can use. I sometimes had to go around a longer way due to the buggy, but I didn’t find it hard to navigate and it was only a minor problem. There are plenty of toilets, one of which is a family toilet with a child’s toilet, urinal, changing area and regular toilet. There are rest areas and drink and food vending machines. There are some fun areas within the zoo for kids, such as the old train that is turned into a rest area or the old polar bear enclosure which kids can explore.




Opening hours: 9.30am to 4pm. CLOSED ON MONDAYS

URL: http://www2.nogeyama-zoo.org/
English: http://www2.nogeyama-zoo.org/english/

Address: 63-10 Oimatsu Cho, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0032
Tel: 045-231-1307

Access: About 10 minutes walk from Hinodecho Station on the Keikyu line or about 15 minutes walk from Sakuragi cho on the JR Negishi Line.

Manhole Monday

I am taking part in the NaBloPoMo challenge this month, which involves writing a blog post everyday. To help the process and also to add to the learning curve, I am trying out some regular blog features. Monday is Manhole day!


Manholes are indeed one of those “Only in Japan” phenomenons, but it’s not quite as tantalising (or revolting?) as it sounds. You may not be surprised to hear that in Japan, with all it’s beauty, you can find art on any street. You may be surprised to hear, however, that it is on the manhole covers. Yes, as in one of those things that leads down to the sewers!

I was here many years before I realised this (thanks to my cousin) and now spend a lot of my walks looking down. I get a thrill out of finding a new one, especially if it’s in colour. I took a few this weekend to share today.  The featured photo and the 1st photo below was taken in the Hiki District of Saitama.   The other photos I took on a short walk, no more than 500 metres, around Fujidana in Yokohama yesterday. I was able to get two different types of covers plus a colourful street sign to share with you this Manhole Monday.



If you have ever posted about Manhole Cover Art in Japan or anywhere in the world, please do leave a link in the comments below. I really do enjoy looking at Manhole covers and I will link to them in next week’s Manhole post.

Related WordPress blog posts

One of my favourite blogs for enjoying Shizuoka Prefecture Manhole Covers (and as a bonus the best restaurant reviewer in Shizuoka) : http://shizuokagourmet.com/category/manhole-covers/

The manholes of Osaka, a guest post of mine on a community blog: http://kajapan.org/general/osaka-manhole-covers/

THe manhole cover art of Ehime: https://mikankaizoku.wordpress.com/manhole-covers/