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Easter at Hodosan Zoo | CHICHIBU
March 23, 2019 @ 09:40 - May 6, 2019 @ 16:30
Easter Hodosan Zoo – Hodosan Zoo is a small zoo at the top of Mt Hodo in Nagatoro in Chichibu. From Saturday March 23rd until Bank Holiday Monday May 6th, on the days that the zoo is open, they are hosting an egg hunt easter event.
The egg hunt is open to anyone who has paid into the zoo. It is a stamp rally type game, where you can get a stamp on a special card if you find the hidden eggs in the zoo.
People who participate in the event between APril 8th and May 6th will also get a sweet and commemorative Easter stamp.
Easter Hodosan Events
During the period there are also some other special easter events such as a collaboration event with Chichibu Railway with an Easter train on Sunday April 7th. On Easter Sunday, April 21st, they will have a rabbit “fureai” pet corner at three different times: 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.
If you spend 300 yen or more in the gift shop in the zoo, you will receive a special Easter present of an Easter egg.
Hodosan Zoo Information
Hours: 9.40 am to 5 pm all year round
Cost: from April 1st — 500 yen for adults, 250 yen for children 6 or over
Hodosan Zoo is on the top of Mt Hodo. You can either hike up to the top of the mountain or you can use a ropeway. The zoo is a 7 minute walk from the Hodosan summit ropeway station. It is well sign posted along the way.
By foot you walk straight up from Nagatoro station (with the station at your back). It is a straight run, all uphill, until you come to the roundabout (a rarity in Japan) in front of Mt Hodo Shrine. You can either go left at the roundabout and walk along the road or use a tranquil mountain pass from the car park of Hodosan shrine. It takes about 20 to 25 minutes. If you can come by car you can park near the base station. Go left at the roundabout at the front of Hodosan shrine.
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