Halloween illumination at Tobu Night Zoo

Information for the 2023 Autumn Night Zoo, formerly called the Halloween Night Zoo, and special seasonal events, including Halloween, at Tobu Zoo. Tobu Zoo added more dates and scheduled the night parade at a later date and that information has been added below.

Tobu Night Zoo

The Tobu Autumn Night Zoo is on two of the long weekends in Autumn; one weekend in September, the other in October. At a later date they also added the weekend before Halloween to the schedule too. In addition, they also scheduled the night parade for one night in October.

At this event, you can see dozens of animals at night, which is a completely different experience than during the day. Moreover, they have special night time animal feedings. You can feed the elephants¹, penguins and white tigers dinner for an additional fee. They also have animal shows as the sun starts to set. In addition, there are special night time talks, from the keepers of certain pens including penguins, rhinoceros, lions and white tigers.

¹In October they posted to say they have cancelled the October dates for the elephant night feeding.

Tobu Zoo Elephant feeding time Autumn night zoo
Elephant feeding, by day, at Tobu Zoo

September Night Zoo 2023

Apart from the feedings and night tours, there are a few other events you can enjoy. For example, for the September night zoo they will also have a “Beer and Gourmet Garden” on the three days. The September Night zoo is on from Saturday September 16th to public holiday Monday September 18th. Apart from the feedings and night tours, throughout the period there is Halloween illumination in the Heartful Garden.

Halloween Night Zoo 2023

For the October bank holiday weekend and (added at a later date) the weekend before Halloween, they will also have Halloween events, and the Halloween illumination mentioned above will also be on. The popular Halloween Night Parade is now scheduled for Sunday August 29th 2023. It is on for 30 minutes from 6.30 pm. They will have Ghost stories by Kamishibai on October 7th and 8th.

Moreover, on the weekend before Halloween, on Saturday October 28th, they will also switch on the winter illumination. The winter illumination in Tobu Zoo is one of the largest in the Kanto plain. Moreover, the illumination involves a LED vision performance laser and projection mapping show, that is the largest of its kind in the Kanto area.


Event: Autumn Night Zoo in Tobu Zoo オータムナイトZOO in 東武動物公園

Dates: September 16th to 18th, October 7th to 9th, October 28th and 29th. The Halloween illumination is on between 5 and 8 pm each of those dates.

Time: the zoo is open from 9.30 am to 8 pm on the above dates.

Cost: You can get a discounted night ticket into the zoo that allows entry from 3 pm until the 8 pm closing time. A night entry ticket, which allows entry from 3 pm to close, costs 1300 yen for adults, 1200 yen for teenagers, 600 yen for young children and 1100 yen for senior citizens. If you want to ride attractions too, the “free pass” which includes unlimited access to participating rides, costs 3600 yen for adults. (It has gone up considerably since last year). The special “dinner” feeding events cost 500 yen.

Venue: Tobu Zoo, 110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama District, Saitama 345-0831. View on Google Maps.


Public Transport: the zoo is about a ten minute walk from Tobu Skytree skyliner Tobu Zoo Station.

Car: about 15 kilometers from the Kuki Interchange on the Tohoku highway. Parking for 3000 cars, costs 1000 yen for the day.

Phone for SatNav / GPS: (and for inquiries) 0480-93-1200

General information in English about Tobu Zoo

Official 2023 event web page – the featured image at the top of the page was taken from the event page.

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  1. hopefully i can go to the zoo soon. ish. we need to get to 70% fully vaxxed in Victoria. around 4 weeks away. thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Author

      They seem to be particularly careful in Australia. Hopefully it will pay off. Four more weeks…. the light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. That’s great that people can see the Halloween Parade. 🎃 and a quick visit to the Zoo. I happy I found your site.

          1. Author

            Sorry… I get your posts into my reader, but I must have added your url manually… I am now following directly from your website… by clicking the follow button on your homepage. Very sorry about that. I didn’t have Jetpack for a few years so I got in the habit of copying links into my reader, which I now know thanks to you, doesn’t show for those blogs as a “follow”. Thank you for pointing this out to me.

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