Capybara Onsen (Hot Springs) in Saitama3.2
from 11/17 '18 to 3/31 '19
"Saitama Children's Zoo" in Saitama Prefecture, in addition to a "zoo" where you can enjoy horseback riding and feeding experiences, this is a park full of facilities where parents and children can play all day, such as "Minna no Hiroba (everyone's square)" with athletics and jyabu-jyabu pond.
Capybara is the largest in rats and grows to about 60 kg becomeing an adult.
They are good at swimming, and escape into the water as soon as they feel danger. "Capybara Onsen" in winter is popular in this garden.
Until March 31st, "Footbath (Ashiyu) experience (paid)" is enforced where you can see capybara closely while soaking in.
Relax with footbath while feeling close to Capybara. Let's get cozy together with Capybara.
November 17th 2019 (Saturday) to March 31st 2019 (Friday)
2 Opening hours
From 14:00 to 16:00
Capybara - Wallaby Square
In the pasture area there is a rock bath, where you can observe the capybara soaking in the bath looking cozy. We also use hot water heated by solar energy.
5 Main Events
(1) Foot Bath experience
Contents: You can enter the pasture area where usually visitors are prohibited, and you can watch capybara in front of your eyes while warming at the foot bath.
Time: 14:30 to 15:30 (Experience time is about 15 minutes) Ticket sales start at 14:15 at the entrance of Capybara - Wallaby Square
Number of sales: Limited 12 per day
Price: 500 yen, footbath hot spring certificate and special towel included
(2) South American Animal Stamp Rally Find Capybara Buddies
Contents: Collect stamps and look for South American Animals from Capybara’s hometown. A mini badge will be gifted to friends who tried.
Date: November 17th (Saturday), 18th (Sunday)
Participation Fee: Free
(3)Kawaranoyu Hot Spring Water Source Gift
Contents: We will give hot spring water of "Kawaranoyu" in Ogawa Town and Namekawa Town to the Capybara.
Date: November 18th (Sunday) and every 3rd Saturday of December to March
(4) Yuzu gift from Ogose, Moroyama, Tokigawa Town
Contents: There are visitors gift Yuzu which is specialized from Ogose, Moroyama, Tokigawa Town, and you can take photos with the character of each town.
Date: November 24th (Saturday)
(5) Tamagawa Hot Spring Water Source Gift
Contents: We will be giving source water from "Tamagawa Onsen" at Tokigawa Town to the Capybara. In addition, there will be free Tamagawa Onsen bathing tickets for the top 10 people at the rock paper scissors tournament. Tamagawa Onsen discount tickets will be distributed to participants.
Date: November 25th (Sunday)
(6)Head Zookeeper Zoo Guide (Capybara Hot Spring Decoration)
Contents: Draw pictures of Capybara on Hinoki wood plates and float it on the Capybara Hot Spring. The head zookeeper who is good at drawing will teach how to draw capybara.
Date: November 25th (Sunday) 13: 30-14: 00
Quantity: Limited 20 (Free)
Contents: Enforcing Yuzu bath associated with the winter solstice day (Toji).
Date: December 1st (Saturday) to 22nd (Sunday)
(8)Seven Spring Herbs Bath
Contents: Seven Spring Herbs (Nanakusa) float on the outdoor hot spring as a present for the Capybara.
Date: January 6th 2019 (Sunday)
Adult (high school students and older) 510 yen (group 410 yen)
Child (elementary and junior high school student) 210 yen (group 170 yen)
About 30 minutes on foot, from Tobu Tojo Line Takasaka Station
From Tobu Tojo Line Takasaka Station, take the bus to Hatoyama New Town (Adult 190 yen (cash fare): about 5 minutes), and get off at "Kodomo Dobutsu Shizen Koen (Saitama Children's Zoo)" bus stop.
Airport/Sta.Kosaka Sta. (about 2.1km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 months ago
It's so much fun! Before going there, I was expecting it to be pretty small and to get around in about 2 hours at a stretch but it's huge. You could just enjoying walking around the place but there are loads of things to do. The admission price is cheap (seemingly too cheap - I thought I had heard the wrong price) and the animals seem happy and well looked after. As well as the animals there are other things to do like the adventure playground, shops and some really good food vans as well (see photo). I am going to recommend it to everyone!
4.05 months ago
It's got a great patting area and the milking cows and penguin area are great too, so is the playground. There is a ride around the park which was short but nice. The grounds are quite big signage could be better. There weren't that many animals or perhaps I lost time finding my way around. Nonetheless my daughter and I loved it! Admission was very cheap too, preschoolers free.
5.04 months ago
this is by far the best zoo to take children to in Japan that I visited so far. It has lots of Hands-On exhibits, and many enclosures that you can walk around inside of with the animals. Of course, these are only with safe animals, like kangaroos and wallabies.it's large enough for all animals to seem comfortable with the amount of space they have, and there are plenty of different play and rest areas for both older and little ones. There's a park in the center of the zoo where kids can play on a slide, and it ropes course we're larger kids and adults can test their strength and endurance on a good weather day. Parking is cheap, around 600 Yen a day. It is definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. I drove about an hour to get there, and we'll be doing the same again many times in the future. If you get a yearly pass, the price works out to the cost of the visits, so if you plan to go more than 3 times it's worth getting.
5.05 months ago
Another great place to visit in Hatoyama / Takasaka area. You can spend entire day there.
Children can cuddle rabbits and guinea pigs.
Also feed penguins, ride horses, milk a cow and etc.
Dinosaurs (made of concrete) are also there thou :)
You can also enter areas with goats, pigs or kangaroos, penguins there will be no metal bars between you and animals.
Consider bringing a tent and a picnic set also.
On set days there is a “night zoo” days, visitors are welcome until late hours, to observe animals’ night life.
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5.010 months ago
This is one of my favorite places to take my boys and my favorite zoo in Japan. Lots of space to run around and really is a kid oriented location with friendly staff. Dress comfortably because things are quite spaced out so there is A LOT of walking unless you pay a little extra to take the 'train' that goes around the place