The annual Capybara Onsen at the Saitama Children’s Animal Nature park started on November 19th and will run until the end of March. The end date will be determined at a later date depending on weather and other factors.
The event takes place daily on the days the zoo is open, generally Tuesday to Sunday, from 2.00 pm. From 2.30 pm, 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 to watch the capybara in the onsen, that is covered by the entry ticket. However, if you want to partake in the foot hot spring beside the capybara (seperate water) it costs 500 yen per adult. Children on your lap are free.
The Zoo is closed from the 29th of December and will reopen January 4th. The 29th until January 1st is for New Years Holidays, the 2nd and 3rd are because for the month of January the zoo closes on BOTH Mondays and Tuesdays.
(Nov 6th 2016) 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: