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.
Milking cows at Saitama Children’s Zoo in 2020
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.
The free cow milking at the Saitama Children’s zoo is normally held three times daily at 11 am to 11.30 am, 1 pm to 1.30 pm and 2.30 to 3 pm. However, in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus they are only allowing cow milking on weekdays from October 2020. Also, normally once a month on the second Sunday they have a butter making class after the 1 pm milking session. However, in 2020 the time is earlier as there is no cow milking on weekends. And they have more sessions because they are only allowing half the number of people to participate per class. You can make butter for just 200 yen.
Annual milk fair
Every year in June there is a milk fair at the zoo. However, in 2020 the zoo was closed in June. I will re-add the information to the blog when it becomes available.
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.
Please note that in 2020 you need to make a reservation in advance to visit the zoo. You can do that here: booking form on PassMarket Yahoo here.
Saitama Zoo 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.
Access: 554 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0065
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