Tobu Zoo Winter Illumination 2023 - 2024

Every year Tobu Zoo and amusement park puts on a fantastic night illumination show for the winter months. It is one of the better known, and larger, night illumination displays. In both 2020 and 2021, it was actually one of only a handful of places that had their winter illumination. This year is the 15th anniversary of the illumination. In recent years, the illumination is a collaboration with a group or band. In the winter of 2023 – 2024, they are collaborating with the girl group Momokuro Clover Z.

Tobu Zoo illumination

The park uses smoke, light and music to add to the ambiance of this 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). This year they have a brand new LED machine that makes the images even clearer than before. Moreover, they’ve also added two new lasers.

Momokuro Clover Z

The music set to the 2023 – 24 display is by Momokuro Clover Z. They also have an illumination show that screens a live Momokuro Clover Z performance on a large LED screen. In addition, there is a 50m long light tunnel that matches the members’ colors. This is the second collaboration with the group, they also used collaborated in 2016. The collaboration part of the illumination runs until January 8th 2024.

From the official website

They use over 3,000,000 lights to create an illuminated flower garden in Heartful Garden. The area covers 8,000 meter squared. This year they are only using 20 LED Lanterns of animals. Last year it was 59. But they will also have animals made out of flowers this year. In addition, they have the sakura trees decorated with light flowers. Furthermore, they light up the amusement rides. They also have a relatively new area (started 2018) representing the flowers of the four seasons. This illumination is an absolute delight for children and people of all ages. Overall the park has a very romantic feel and it makes a great place for a winter date!

Illumination Schedule

Please note for the months of October and November the illumination is only on at the weekends and public holidays as well as October 31st (Halloween) and November 14th (Saitama Day). Likewise, from January 9th until the display ends on February 25th, you can only see the illumination display on the weekends and public holidays. The display is on daily from December 1st to January 8th, with the exception of January 1st as the zoo will close for New Year’s Day. The illumination stays on until 8 pm except on December 23rd, Christmas Eve and Christmas night when it is extended an hour, to 9 pm.

Tobu zoo have a smaller illumination event for Halloween. Information for that here.

Information

Event: Tobu Zoo Hybrid Leisureland Winter Illumination 東武動物公園インターイルミネーション2023-2024

Season: From Saturday October 28th to Sunday February 25th 2023. See next section on the specifics on dates. Please note the zoo is closed on New Years Day, January 1st and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January and February annually.

Time:

October: 28th, 29th, 31st only from 5 pm to 8 pm

November: weekends only and thus the park only opens late on weekends: from 5 pm to 8 pm.

December ~ early January: daily from December 1st to January 8th until 8 pm, except for December 23rd to 25th when the illumination stays on until 9 pm.

Mid January ~ February: from January 10th to February 25th the illumination is on weekends and public holidays only from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Cost:

Prices have gone up this year. An “illumination pass” that gives you unlimited access to the rides in the amusement park and access to the illumination show is 3600 yen for adults, 3400 yen for seniors, 3500 yen for teenagers and 2400 yen for children. For just illumination (no rides) an adult ticket is 1300 yen, 1100 yen for seniors, 1200 yen for teenagers and 600 yen for children.  Tickets can be bought from 3 pm in the afternoon. Parking costs 1,000 yen, flat rate regardless of length of stay.

Tobu Zoo Illumination Access

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

Phone for SatNav / GPS
0480-93-1200

Official event page for 2024.

The featured image was taken from the zoo’s site around 2016.

20211011 https://insaitama.com/tobu-zoo-winter-illumination/

2 Comments

    1. Author

      Because they are outdoors and rarely attract thousands of people at the same time, I think they are the ideal event during these pandemic times, but surprisingly, dozens of places decided not to go ahead with their illumination this year 🙁

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