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Winter Illumination @ Tobu Hybrid Park | MIYASHIRO

November 21 @ 17:00 February 14 @ 20:00

Tobu Zoo Illumination – Every year Tobu Zoo puts on a fantastic night illumination show for the winter months. This year, despite the coronavirus, will be the same. However, the illumination will be turned on later than normal in November. (Its normally the last week in October).

However, for the month of November – with the exception of Saitama Citizen’s Day – (and in an ‘usual’ year October too) the illumination is only switched on at the weekends. Likewise, from January 4th until the display ends, you can only see it on the weekends and public holiday. The display is switched on every day in December.

Tobu Zoo illumination

The park uses smoke, light and music to add to the ambiance of the night illumination. The illumination involves a LED vision performance laser and projection mapping show, that is the largest of its kind in the Kanto area. (Kanto is the area comprising Tokyo and the surrounding six prefectures of Saitama, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Kanagawa and Chiba). It promises to be a mind blowing display. 

2016 illumination from the official website

Over 3,000,000 lights are used, to create an illuminated flower garden in Heartful Garden, which is only a couple of years old. The area covers 8,000 meter squared. They still haven’t released the precise information for 2020 / 2021. But last year kids could enjoy animals made out of flowers and/or light, snowmen and winter scenes. Couples could walk in a tunnel of love, “Love Lock”, built especially for the occasion, and take in the romantic atmosphere of the park lit up at night. In 2018 – 19 and 2019 – 20 they also introduced a new area representing the flowers of the four seasons.

Tobu Zoo Illumination Hours and Cost

It opens 5 pm to 8 pm November 21st, 2020 . Usually on December 23rd, 24th and 25th the closing hour is extended until 9 pm. The 2020 / 2021 cost is not yet available. But generally it goes up every single year. In 2019/ 2020 they hiked on another 200 yen, bringing the cost to 1200 yen for adults. The children’s price stayed the same as last year at 500 yen.

An “illumination pass” that gives you unlimited access to the rides in the amusement park and access to the illumination show is 3000 yen for adults, 2000 yen for children (2019 / 2020 price).  However, if you buy it advance at a participating convenience  store there is a 200 yen discount for adults, 100 yen off the kids price. The night light pass for just the rides is 2000 yen for adults, 1500 yen for children. Tickets are on sale after 3 pm in the afternoon. Parking costs 1,000 yen, flat rate regardless of length of stay.

Tobu Zoo Illumination Access

Public Transport
10 minute walk from Tobu Skytree skyliner Tobu Zoo Station.

15 kilometres from the Kuki Interchange on the Tohoku highway. Parking for 3000 cars, costs 1000 yen for the day.

Phone for SatNav / GPS

More information should be available soon on the official site.

Five other Illumination events going ahead in Saitama in 2020 / 2021:

Keyaki Hiroba annual winter illumination | SAITAMA CITY

Shinrin Park Night illumination | NAMEGAWA

Cocoon City Illumination | OMIYA

Seien Park Illumination Fukaya

Honjo Illumination at Marigold Hill

Find an illumination event in other prefectures on this excellent English language (and mapped) illumination website.

Winter Illumination at Tobu Zoo was first posted in the main pages of and moved to the event pages in October 2016. It is re-published annually in October.

Tobu Zoo

東武動物公園 Tobu Zoo, Japan, 〒345-0831 Saitama-ken, Minamisaitama-gun, Miyashiro-machi, 宮代町Suka, 110 + Google Map


November 21, 2020 @ 17:00
February 14 @ 20:00
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  1. In Saitama is my GO TO site for finding family events in any season. I am always impressed with the accurate up to date information. Well done.

    1. Thank you so much Catherine <3 I really appreciate it. A very Happy New Year to you and yours.

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