Chikouzan Park Zoo – With the excellent Saitama Children’s Zoo practically on our doorstep, we rarely need to go to other zoos. But the Sayama City Chikozan Park is a lovely place for a day out for families and it has a small zoo that is ideal for toddlers. Furthermore, it has both a capybara and monkey hot spring in winter annually. And in the winter of 2022, they also have an Anywhere Door!
Chikozan Park in Sayama is a nice place for a family day out, on a fine day. It has a lovely walkway through a wooded marsh. There are gardens beside a large open space. There are two playgrounds within the woods; an adventure playground and a general playground with swings, slides and climbing equipment. There is a lake designated for fishing. And there is a small zoo, ideal for toddlers in particular. The park’s entry is free, as are the use of the playgrounds. Make sure to check out all the park has to offer on the park’s blog post here.
Chikozan Park Children’s Zoo
Chikozan Park Children’s Zoo is on the east side of the Chikozan park. It is a relatively small zoo in comparison to the likes of Saitama Children’s Zoo and Tobu Zoo, but bigger than the free zoos in parks such as Omiya, Maruyama and Kitamoto. There aren’t a huge amount of animals, but they are the type of animals that children like to view / interact with.
What I like about the Chikozan zoo is you can feed some of the animals. They have some of those fodder dispensing vending machines which are convenient and (a little too) popular with kids! For 100 yen you get a capsule of food. There are various feeding stations, but today we just did the sheep/goats, monkeys and ducks. The capsules costs can add up if you have a few kids, but unlike the Saitama Children’s zoo in Takasaka (which is an excellent zoo) the parking is free.
Other things you can do in the zoo include holding small animals in the petting corner. They have rabbits, guinea pigs and, in season, chicks. You can also pay to ride a pony. There is a free guinea pig show after the petting hour, where the guinea pigs go back to their pen along a narrow bridge. In 2022, there is a “Dokodemo Door” or “Anywhere Door” from Doraemon, pictured above. They also have various seasonal events, such as the popular monkey and capybara hot springs, outlined below.
The zoo looks particularly pretty with the cherry blossoms. We had our first hanami picnic there last week.
FACILITIES / SERVICES:
- Some playground equipment in the large opening where the cherry blossom trees are
- It’s alright to bring your own food
- 5 buggies/strollers available to rent
- Nursing room
- 2 nappy changing areas within toilets
- There is a restaurant within Chikozan park, near the zoo
- There is a petting corner
- Events such as Happy Halloween and the animal hot springs…
Monkey and Capybara hot springs at Chikozan Park zoo
Each year in winter you can see animals in an ‘onsen’ hot spring at Chikozan Park Zoo. Unlike Saitama Children’s zoo which only has a capybara onsen, Chikozan Park Zoo has two different ones. In Chikozan, both monkeys and capybara get to enjoy a hot spring each year. (Not together!) However, apart from weekends, they alternate the days of the hot spring for each animal. Please note that this zoo is much smaller than Saitama Children’s Zoo. Likewise, the capybara enclosure and thus the hot spring, is much smaller too.
So on weekdays you can see one animal three days of the week, and the other the other two days of the week. Then on the weekends you can see both animals. The event starts on November 20th 2021 and for the first three days both animals will have an onsen each day. Then from Wednesday November 24th the capybara onsen will be on: November 25th the monkey onsen. And on like that on weekdays for the rest of the season until the end of the event on March 31st 2022. Thankfully they have a calendar (here) which makes it much clearer!
Chikozan Park ZOO information
ADDRESS: 864-1 Kashiwabara, Sayama City
Cost: The entrance to Sayama’s zoo is only 200 yen for adults and 50 yen for children of school going age. Children under the age of 6 free. Discounts available for a group of over 30 people. Feed, rides and seasonal events have individual charges starting from 100 yen.
Chikozan Park Access
You can get a Seibu Bus bound for the park from Sayamashi station.
Parking available in front of the zoo and in other car parking lots for the park.
If you are going to Chikozan by car you won’t want to miss this gorgeous new Starbucks with a play area just a five minute drive away:
November 23rd 2021 – if the Google map below isn’t showing, its due to a known issue with Google at the moment. Here is the link to go directly to the location on Google maps.
- Saitama Children’s Zoo 2020 | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA
- Tobu Zoo 2020| MIYASHIRO
- Omiya Park | SAITAMA CITY
- Best of Saitama Maruyama Park | AGEO
- Kitamoto Children’s Park | KITAMOTO
- Hodosan Zoo | NAGATORO
There are several zoos in Saitama Prefecture. The largest two are the Saitama Children’s zoo and Tobu Zoo. But there are several other smaller zoos, including a nice one for toddlers in Chikozan park in Sayama City. Free zoos include the small zoos at Omiya park, Kitamoto Park and Maruyama Park. There is also a zoo on Mt Hodo and one in the Musashi No Mura amusement park too.