Nogeyama Zoo

Nogeyama Zoo topiary
Photo by: simimasa, Creative Commons

There aren’t a lot of free zoos left, particularly when it comes to free zoos in the middle of a sprawling urban city. But Nogeyama Zoo in Yokohama, Japan is one of the world’s premier free zoos, and a must-see place when visiting Japan.

Located in the heart of the second largest city in Japan, Nogeyama Zoo was opened in April of 1951, and today still houses some of the world’s most popular animals.

Red Panda

One of the first animals you will see when you first enter the zoo are the red pandas. The Red Panda exhibit is also one of the most popular exhibits at the zoo. Because the Red Panda is considered a vulnerable species, the Nogeyama Zoo works hard to educate visitors on conservation as well as protects these cherished animals.


The Nogeyama Zoo is also one of the first zoos to successfully house leopards. Because of their success in housing leopards, many zoos throughout the world look to the Nogeyama Zoo as a model to practice their own conservation efforts.

Aside from housing leopards and red pandas, the zoo also houses mandarin ducks, deer, owls, chimpanzees, tigers, lions, and many other animals one would expect to see when visiting a zoo. Animals which are considered native and indigenous to the United States are housed at the Nogeyama Zoo as rare and exotic animals.

There is also a Children’s Zoo within the Nogeyama Zoo. The Children’s Zoo was opened in the 1970’s, and is geared towards smaller animals and mammals. Small mammals such as mice, guinea pigs, and chickens are common to see within the children’s zoo and are extremely popular exhibits.

When visiting Yokohama, Japan, one of the must-see places is the zoo. Located on almost ten acres within a huge urban city, the free zoo is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan.

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