Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, is running its Night Zoo & Garden event from Aug. 6 to 8 and 13 to 15.

This is the fourth year the night event will be held, but the first time the botanical gardens will be opened at night. The zoo will also expand accessible areas, including the monkey zone.

The event started in 2007 with the aim of giving visitors a chance to take in the park’s atmosphere at night and watch the animals’ nocturnal behavior, which they usually don’t have an opportunity to see. The number of visitors has been rising annually, and reached nearly 150,000 last year.

During the event, the zoo will extend its hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last entry for visitors at 8 p.m.

To alleviate congestion, the zoo is teaming up with Pare supermarket, which manages the Hachinoichi Ikeshita parking lot on Kakuozan Street in Chikusa Ward. Those who use this parking space and take public transportation will receive a two-hour free parking ticket.

Nagoya’s transportation bureau will also issue a one-day pass that will allow admission to the zoo and use of all bus and subway lines in Nagoya. The pass, which costs ¥1,000, is available at all subway stations and the city’s bus offices until Aug. 31. It will be valid for one day during the period.

The Night Zoo train will operate on Aug. 7 on the Higashiyama subway line to showcase nocturnal snakes and other animals. A total of 300 people, chosen by lottery, will be allowed aboard.

This year’s night train, whose interiors are decorated with a night jungle theme, will run nonstop from Fujigaoka Station to Takahata Station and return to Higashiyama Koen Station.

Passengers will be able to touch snakes and leopard geckos and enjoy quizzes on animals.

For more information on the Night Zoo train, contact the Nagoya District Station between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at (052) 561-7208.

This section, appearing Saturdays, features topics and issues from the Chubu region covered by local daily Chunichi Shimbun. The original article was published July 17.

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