Yoderu no Mori (Yodel Forest)

Yoderu no Mori ヨーデルの森
(Yodel Forest)

Tucked in an unassuming neighbourhood surrounded by the woods, Yodel Forest charms with adorable animals in a farm-like setting. The large park offers lots of opportunities for recreational activities and interesting shows performed by intelligent animals. This is a great destination for families and couples.

Location: Kanazaki, Hyogo Prefecture
When to avoid: Closed on weekdays in winter (December to February)
Admission: 701 to 1500 yen
Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (weekdays)
9:30 to 18:00 (weekends and some holidays)
Recommended duration: 2 hours
Accessibility: Accessible by both public and private transport
Location of Yodel Forest
GPS information
Google map co-ordinates: 35.137269, 134.791275
Map Code: 347 185 068
Telephone: +81 0790-32-2911
Address: 1868 Izasa Kamikawa-cho, Kanzaki-gun, Hyogo-ken
Postal Code: 679-2431
Japanese characters: よーでるのもり
Parking: Free parking available on-site

Take a train on the JR Bantan Line (播但線) to Ikuno Station (生野駅), from where a 10 minute bus ride will take you to Yodel Forest (ヨーデルの森). The bus (Shinki Green Bus 神姫グリーンバス) only departs every 1 or 2 hours, so it is important to check the bus timings via the external link below.

From To Transportation Travel Time One-way Fare Frequency
Himeji Ikuno Local train on JR Bantan Line 1 hour, including one transfer at Teramae Station About 850 yen 1 connection per hour
Limited express train on JR Bantan Line 45 mins About 2000 yen 2-3 departures per day
Osaka Himeji Special Rapid Train 1 hour About 1500 yen Every 15 minutes
Shin-Osaka Shinkansen 30 mins About 3800 yen 3-5 trains per hour
Hiroshima Shinkansen 1 hour About 8500 yen 2-3 trains per hour

External link - Bus timetable listed on Yodel Forest's website.

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