Izu Shaboten Zoo, Pioneer Capybara Open Air Bath4.1
from 11/17 '18 to 4/7 '19
Izu Shaboten Zoo where you can interact surprisingly closely with 1500 kinds of cactuses and 120 kinds of animals including Capybara.
"Capybara Open Air Bath" at Izu Shaboten Zoological Park, was discovered by chance when the breeding staff used hot water to clean the capybara exhibition hall in the winter of 1982, finding the Capybara soaking in the pooled hot water and relaxing.
As the birthplace, "original capybara's open-air bath" celebrates its 36th anniversary this winter.
The family of "Capybara Outdoor Bath" of Capybara Plaza is a large family of 13 Capybaras in total.
In this season as well, you can watch the appearance of the Capybara family who bathe in a bathtub looking to feel relaxing comfortably.
When the keepers turn the faucet, and hot water pours they move to the outdoor bath just as if they were "waiting" for it.
There is a big fuss above and under, with Capybara placing its body under the hot water and having "Utaseyu (hot waterfall shower)", and capybara too comfortable and unintentionally sleeping in the bath.
The appearance of Capybara taking a bath is very sweet, making people watching feeling lovely.
Capybara gets in many unique baths such as Yuzu bath and heart-shaped apple bath, etc.
◆Period: November 17, 2018 (Sat) to April 7, 2019 (Sun)
◆Time: Every day, 1:30 pm to about 1 hour. ※Until Capybara is satisfied.
※Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays, December 22 - January 6, 2019, March 21 - April 7, 2019 is also carried out from 10:30 am.
◆Location: Izu Shaboten Animal Park Capybara Plaza ※There are commentaries by keepers as well.
◆Admission fee / adult (junior high school student or above) 2300 yen · elementary school student 1100 yen · infant (4 years old and over) 400 yen · over 70 years old 1900 yen
◆Address: Shizuoka prefecture, Ito City, Futo 1317-13
◆Access: From JR Ito line Ito station to Tokai Bus Shaboten Koen (Shaboten Zoo) direction 35 minutes, close off terminal point
Purpose,LMFAO,experience,kids,family,Japanese resort,hot springs,sightseeing,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.Itō sta. (about 7.6km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0a week ago
A very bizarre experience, we travelled from Fukushima just to see the capybaras, and it was great. Went on a cold misty day, the Mexican music playing everywhere was kind of ominous, and animals seemed to appear out of the mist. Capybaras were a friendly bunch, and I really liked that there weren’t too many large animals (which often feel very sad at zoos). The chimpanzees didn’t look too happy in their sparse concrete enclosure, which was a shame. Food options are limited outside of set meal times (no lunch to be found at 2pm) but I’d say it’s worth a visit!
4.0a month ago
Pleasant place to pass an afternoon with your toddlers. Lots of petting opportunities.
5.0a month ago
Originally we were planning to see the fox village, but decided against it when we read that the foxes were not well cared for. I'm glad we went here instead. We got to see a famous site: capybaras enjoying a hot spring.
On a chilly winter day the capybaras keep warm sitting around an enclosed outdoor fireplace and relaxing in an onsen from 10:30-11:30 and 1:30 to 2:30 in the winter. The best part is they walk around uncaged! You can pet these amazing creatures and feed them grass for a small fee.
Izu shaboten zoo stands out from other zoos because it is so interactive. Many animals can be fed including fennec foxes, armadillos, and llamas. There are three giant pyramid shaped greenhouses filled with more types of cacti than I had ever seen. There was a 20 minute show with trained animals that was very impressive even for people who do not speak Japanese. The staff were very friendly and spoke some English. They gave us an English map, bus schedule, and showed us how to reach the entrance from the bus stop which was up a large and steep hill.
We took the bus from ito station which took about 40 minutes. If you go from ito station to the zoo and back, I recommend getting the ito sightseeing pass for 1300 yen to save some money and get a 10% discount at the zoo.
5.0a month ago
small but special. you can play and touch with a few of cute animals in the zoo.
5.03 months ago
Very fun and interactive zoo. Admission is 2300 yen, but if you go to the tourist center in Ito you can get an all day bus pass (cheaper than 2 1-way trips) and park admission for 2000 yen to save some money (iirc they only take cash). In the park, a lot of animals are just out and about. You can pet capybaras, peacocks roam, there's a kangaroo exhibit where you are in the area with them, and there is a large enclosed aviary that has birds wandering freely. You can feed just about any animal for about 200 yen (though you can only throw it to some rather than hand feed - also all cash only). There's a lot to do here and it closes at 4pm (might be different in the summer though). The park itself is pretty, with a lot of landscaping. A few exhibits, however, were a little concerning with how they were set up - chimpanzees and penguins seemed like the enclosures were a bit small. Still a great experience overall.