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Capybara Onsen @ Saitama Children’s Zoo in 2020 / 2021

November 14 @ 08:00 March 30 @ 17:00

Capybara Onsen at Saitama Children's zoo aka Saitama Children's Animal Nature Park

Capybara Onsen at the Saitama Children’s Zoo.

Where can I see capybara in a hot spring in Saitama?

There are actually quite a few places around the Kanto plain that have a capybara hot spring now, but one of the first and one of the best is the capybara hot spring in Saitama Children’s Zoo. Another place you can see them, in Saitama, is in Chikozan zoo where they also have a monkey hot spring.

Saitama Children’s Zoo Capybara Onsen

The 2020 / 2021 capybara onsen dates have been confirmed. As per previous years it will start in mid November and run until the end of March. This year the dates are from Saitama Prefecture Day* November 14th 2020 to March 31st 2021.  It runs on the days the zoo is open (more information below photo). 

*Please note that in 2020 the Saitama Children’s Zoo will not be free in on Prefecture day. On account of the Coronavirus, in a bid to keep the numbers of visitors down, the zoo will charge in on November 14th.

Capybara Onsen at Saitama Children's zoo

The zoo is CLOSED ON MONDAYS and on Tuesdays during the month of January. The zoo is also closed for a few days over New Years, usually from the 31st to the 3rd. The end date will be determined at a later date depending on weather and other factors. They usually put Yuzu in the bath (as pictured) from December 1st to December 22nd.

Foot spa event

The foot spa event usually takes place daily on the days the zoo is open between 2 and 4 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. This part of the event starts from 2.30 pm and finishes around 3.30 pm. There is no additional cost for viewing the capybara, but there is a small fee for the foot spa event. However, this year (2020) they have not yet confirmed whether the foot spa event will go ahead. It is unlikely.

Other events

During the first week of the capybara onsen the animal stage event is usually on too. The animals put on a show in the main theatre (near the paddling pool, beside the Beatrix Potter museum). The annual art festival will still be running for the first few weeks of this event. You can try your hand at some animal crafts during this period. 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.

For more information in English on seasonal events at the zoo and for general information in English:

Children’s Animal Nature Park

554 Iwadono
Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture 355-0065 Japan
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November 14, 2020 @ 08:00
March 30 @ 17:00
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Saitama Children’s Zoo

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