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Capybara Onsen @ Saitama Children’s Zoo | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

The annual Capybara Onsen at the Saitama Children’s Animal Nature park will start from Saturday November 18th until the end of March. The end date will be determined at a later date depending on weather and other factors.



The event will take place daily on the days the zoo is open from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Please note the zoo closes on Mondays all year round and on Tuesdays during January. It is also closed over New Years. The first 12 customers in line will be able to get up close and personal with the capybara and enjoy a foot spa in the same enclosure. There is no additional cost for viewing the capybara, but there is a small fee for the foot spa event.

アートフェスタ2016 チラシ

During the first week of the capybara onsen there is usually the popular animal stage event, where the animals put on a show in the main theatre (near the paddling pool, beside the Beatrix Potter museum). They currently have their annual art festival running at the zoo too. You can try your hand at some animal crafts during this period. It will run until December. Another event that can be enjoyed during Winter in the zoo is the annual gift giving to animals which takes place on a Saturday or Sunday near Christmas.  All of these events are free to participate in, once you have paid into the zoo itself.

Information for the Capybara event has yet to be up-dated on the official website. For more information in English on seasonal events at the zoo and for general information in English:

Saitama Children’s Zoo

 

Milking cows at Saitama Children’s Zoo

I love the Saitama Children’s Zoo, so much so we go weekly Autumn through Spring. Summer is too hot. The weather has finally cooled down this week, so we made our first visit of Autumn. There is so much to do at the Saitama Children’s Zoo in Takasaka, Higashi-Matsuyama.

My kids hang out mostly in the petting zoo, where you can hold small animals, such as chicks, snakes, rabbits and guinea pigs, at certain times of the day. You can walk among the farm animals there at anytime of the day and brush them down, pet them and clean up their poo! At feeding time you can give the goats their leaves. Today, however, for the first time ever they milked the cows. We have queued up numerous times to do this over the years, only for them to chicken out last-minute. I don’t know what was different about today, maybe because its been a while since we’ve been there, but they finally took on the challenge. They were delighted with themselves.

Milking cows at Saitama Children's Zoo

All activities listed above and much more are included in the 500 yen entrance fee. Parking costs 600 yen for the day. An annual pass is only 1500 yen. You can pay to ride a train and there are amusements in the park you can pay to use as well. There are restaurants on site, but there is also lots of open spaces to picnic. There are playgrounds on the grounds too, the one near the koala enclosure is an adventure playground that is very popular with kids of all ages. It is also included in the entrance fee.

General Information

Hours: 9.30am to 5pm except winter when it closes at 4.30pm. Costs: 510 yen for adults, 210 yen for children between 6 and 15. Free for children under 6. CLOSED ON MONDAYS all year round (except national holidays) and on Tuesdays too during the month of January.
Parking: For 800 cars, costs 600 yen per day. At weekends during peak season, there is an overflow car park. There are also some unofficial parking areas beside the overflow car park that open on busy days and cost 500 yen a day.

TEL: 0493-35-1234

URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/sczoo/index.html

Access: 554 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0065

For more information on Saitama Children’s Zoo:

Saitama Children’s Zoo