Halloween illumination at Tobu Night Zoo

Last year, 2021, Tobu Zoo revived both the Night Zoo and Halloween parade for the first time in two years. However, due to the pandemic it was only open until 7 pm and only available in October. This year, 2022, it will be more like a normal year with the zoo staying open until 8 pm on select nights. Also, it will start from mid September, like it did before the pandemic, but this year it will end on October 10th. Presumably, in preparation for their famous winter night illumination.

Tobu Night Zoo

The Tobu Autumn and Halloween Night Zoos are held on weekends and bank holidays in the lead up to Halloween. See the information section for specific dates. During the period, they have special night time animal feedings. You can feed the elephants, 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.

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

Autumn Tobu Night Zoo 2022

Apart from the feedings and night tours, throughout the period there is Halloween illumination in the Heartful Garden. They also have a Halloween Night Parade and Ghost stories by Kamishibai on select nights. You can see the schedule in the next section “Night Zoo Information”. Before the pandemic they used to have a pumpkin feast, where they fed certain animals pumpkin as a treat. Currently there is no mention of that. There is also currently no mention of the Autumn Fireworks.

From the official website, linked in Information Section

In previous years, they had a Halloween party on the last weekend of October, which also corresponded with the switch of 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. Unfortunately, there information is not yet available for Halloween weekend. They may have an additional event that weekend, they may not. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Tobu Halloween / Night Zoo Information

General information in English about Tobu Zoo

Dates:

Tobu Night Zoo – on weekends and public holidays from Saturday September 17th to September 25th and on October 10th to 12th. The Halloween illumination is on between 5 and 8 pm each of those dates.

Halloween night zoo parade – Sunday September 18th, Sunday September 25th and Sunday October 9th. From 6 pm for 30 minutes.

Ghost stories – September 23rd and 24th from 6.30 pm for 30 minutes.

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 1200 yen for adults, 1000 yen for teenagers, 500 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 2000 yen for adults, 1500 yen for young children. The 2022 free pass ticket is considerably cheaper than last year!

The special “dinner” feeding events cost 500 yen. (Please note they limit the numbers each day – first come, first served if you’ll pardon the pun!)

Access

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

Official 2022 event web page – the featured image at the top of the page was taken from the event page.

More Halloween events in Saitama here.

9 Comments

  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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