Izu Shaboten Zoo, Pioneer Capybara Open Air Bath

Sightseeing information about Izu Shaboten Zoo, Pioneer Capybara Open Air Bath in Japan.

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 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

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5.03 weeks 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.

4.0a month ago

A very lovingly designed zoo with an interesting variety of animals to see. It is also specialised on cacti from all over the world. While most of the animals seem very well taken care off though a few enclosures are sadly small and too exposed (especially the small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs aso.). Nonetheless I would recommend this zoo as you can observe a very close bond between the zoo keepers and the animals they look after. Also for a small fee you can feed a great number of animals (a small amount of) treats and experience them face to face. A highlight is one of the capybara enclosures in which you may actually touch the animals (with all give care and caution, of course)!

4.0a month ago

Great place especially due to Kapibaras! Still, one star need to be taken for the conditions in which owls are keeped. They were saddest owls in the world :(

3.04 months ago

A bit off an oddball, a combined zoo and cactus park with a Mexican theme.
A little run down in places, and perhaps the animals should have a bit more space.
But the personal seems very caring.

5.03 months ago

This is the geography park whic is recognised by UNESCO. The zoo has alot of types of animals. The landscapes are very sceneric. As it lies on the seasides, the weather is somewhat between oceanian and mountainuos. It is very good place for children to play and learn. The service is convenient with shops and restaurant. The staff is very kind and nice.

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