Izu Shaboten Zoo

Sightseeing information about Izu Shaboten Zoo in Japan.

Izu Shaboten Zoo (Izu Shaboten Dobutsu Koen)3.7

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Izu Shaboten Zoo, located in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture, is a botanical and zoological park featuring Shaboten (cactus) and animals. In this Mexican-themed park with an area of 200,000 square meters, there are 1,500 species of cacti and succulent plants from around the world along with 800 animals. There are about 140 species of animals including chimpanzees, capybaras and ring-tailed lemurs, with a few of them such as squirrel monkeys and peacocks walking freely in the park. Main attractions include the "Animal Boat Tours" where you can enjoy a guided tour onboard, watching animals on lake islands and coast of the central pond. In winter time, the "Capybara's Open-air Bath", which is the first bath for capybaras in Japan, is also very popular. The large Cactus Greenhouse consists of five pyramidal ones for the South American, the African, the Malagasy, the Mexican and the forest cacti. There is also a greenhouse called the Cactus Hunting Workshop where you can pick your favorite cactus and make it potted (additional cost required). A number of elaborate life-size replicas of sculptures of ancient American civilizations, such as the Ormeca, the Aztec, the Maya, the Toltec and the Huastec, can be found in the park. These statues, including the ones of Coatlicue (Serpent Skirt) the goddess, Chaac the god of rain and Quetzalcoatl(or Kukulkan) the feathered serpent god, were given by the Mexico City. Restaurants, cafes and a souvenir shop available on site.
Guide map https://izushaboten.com/lang/img/map/map_en.pdf

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5.02 months ago

🦩 - Izu Shaboten Zoo:
More than one thousand cactus varieties from around the world are exhibited in the park's greenhouses, while animals living there include birds, rodents and monkeys. In addition, there are chimpanzee and dog shows held several times a day.
It is located besides the strikingly shaped, grass covered Mount Omuro, an extinct volcano near central Ito on the Izu Peninsula.

💵 - Fees:
2400 yen

🕒 - Hours:
[9:00 - 17:00]
November to February - [9:00 - 16:00].

2.010 months ago

Many of the animals here are kept in very questionable, unsanitary conditions. Some of the birds were bleeding and scarred, and a whole lot of the cages and glasses looked like they have not been cleaned for a decade - some of the glasses were so dirty that we couldn't even see the animals inside. Many of the animals looked so unhappy.
The best thing about this place was probably the shaboten ice cream. The cactus sanctuary was cool, too (besides all the birds there that were robbed of their freedom by being tied up).
I've been to zoos that treated their animals a whole lot better. Probably will not come back here again.

4.0a year ago

Great place for a weekend outing. Many of the animals are without cages and mingling along with visitors, petting also is allowed, which makes for a great up-close experience. Mt.Omuro is right next to this and that adds to the scenic beauty of the place..there are some discounts with the Mt. Omuro lift tickets as well..
All in all, makes for a good outing place...

1.0in the last week

I came mainly because I saw some nice videos online about the Capybaras sitting in the onsen. Indeed, it was very nice and entertaining seeing them but that's about it! Apart from that, I am not convinced by the zoo. Many animals are held in very poor conditions. Some birds are held underground with no daylight (such as a toucan) and in tiny cages. Owls are tied with a very short string and can only sit there all day. Some other facilities appear to have not been cleaned in a while... The zoo charges for every tiny bit in the park, even some attractions inside have an extra fee. So the management should at least create a proper environment for the animals.

5.010 months ago

You can pet kappibara and other animals. Very big and very nice. The restaurants are a bit pricey. There is a boat experience.I went February but I want to go in the summer too.

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