YNS is located on the southern edge of Yokohama and just next to Kamakura. Connected to other locally managed forests, this forms the largest green space in the city. There are hiking courses that connect to Konandai, Kanazawa Bunko and Kamakura. Nearby, you can also climb Mt. Oomaru, the highest peak in the city.
The main facility is the Nature Center, serves as the base for information, a program hall and the offices for the rangers. There are 4 nature trails that begin from the Nature Center. Along the trails, visitors will find observation huts and interpretive signs to explain more about the Sanctuary.
It has many diverse habitats with rolling hills of forests, grasslands, open areas, ponds, small marsh habitat, and the headwaters for small rivers.
The Wild Bird Society of Japan is working with Yokohama City and the “Yokohama Nature Sanctuary Volunteer Support Group” to conserve these beautiful forests and its biodiversity.
We hope to make more people feel closer to nature and more widely communicate the importance of biodiversity, protection of local species and conservation of the natural environment.
Hours 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Closed Regularly on Monday. If Monday is a national holiday, the nature center remains open but the next Tuesday is closed.New Year Holidays (Dec 28 to Jan 4)
◆Food/Drink Vendors ◆ There are no restaurants within the Sanctuary. There is a beverage vending machine in front of the Nature Center.
There are 4 trails that begin from the Nature Center.
There are 2 public restrooms available.
*You can walk the outside trails of the YNS from sunrise to sunset even if the Center is closed.
By Train :
Keihin Electric Express Line: Kanazawa-Hakkei Station. Take the Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Bus bound for either Ofuna Station(大船駅), Kamigo Neopolis (上郷ネオポリス), or Shodo (庄戸) (Approximately a 15 minute ride)
JR Ofuna Station Kasama (笠間口) East Exit Bus Terminal (Approximately a 4 minute walk from the station).Take Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Bus bound for Kanazawa-Hakkei Station (金沢八景駅), about a 25 minute ride
→ Get off at “Yokohama Reien-mae” (横浜霊園前) bus stop and walk 7 minutes to the Nature Center Directional signs are available at the bus stop (in Japanese language only) Walk in the direction of the tunnel from the bus stop; just to the left before the tunnel, go up the stairs (about 120 steps)
By Car :
Parking is available at Kamigo・Morinoie (上郷・森の家). (Charged hourly parking; about 100 spaces) Parking is limited. During peak use, parking may not be available.
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