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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited this zoo with our children in October 2018. When we arrived, the zoo did not look very promising, it looked pretty small from the car park. In fact, we had only arrived at the ticket booth. There were much bigger car parks up the hill. We were here to see the capybaras and were not disappointed. There was an enclosure for them as soon as you enter the zoo and you can buy food to feed them. They are truly lovely animals and allowed our children to hug and stroke them. There are many other animals that you can feed, meerkats, prairie dogs, llamas, ponies, wild boars, maras, pigs, porcupines, guinea pigs etc. The birds were not kept in cages. We walked within the enclosure and felt like we were in a jungle. The birds were right next to us. We even got to see the endangered shoebill. This zoo is definitely worth a visit. If you go in the winter, you can even see the capybaras enjoying onsen.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank capykyu
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Most of the animals at the Cactus Park were ones that I had never seen in real life! Patting Capybaras was a definite highlight, but the bird area and all the dogs joining their owners for visits were highlights too. We even had a fun lunch! There is a steepish hill to get up if you're coming from the bus stop, so keep that in mind, and it's certainly not the most natural enclosures if you don't like to see animals locked up, but it was a fun experience, and heading across the road to walk around Mount Omuru (if you're lucky you might see Fuji like we did) is worth it too.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KristyGrl
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

Such a great place with lots of animals wandering around so you can really get up close with them. The animals also seem fairly happy and not too stressed out by the presence of people, which means they do have enough space and freedom to seek privacy should they need it. Definitely worth a visit!

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank D L
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

It was freezing cold to visit in early February but well worth it! The zoo is known as the very first Japanese zoo to showcase capybaras soaking in hot springs. A bit difficult to reach without a car and hardly any foreign tourist traffic. Staff however were all very friendly and helpful despite the language barrier. The capybara onsen shows usually ran once a day in the early afternoons in winter and they had more shows on weekends. The zoo cafe on site was very casual and spacious, offering simple meals and free flow cold and hot drinks at a small price. If you go early you get the window seats with giant plush capybaras sharing the table with you! Cash only park wide though including tickets.

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank halconnen
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

Located next to an extinct volcano, Mount Omuro, this is a beautiful combined botanical and zoological garden. It includes over 120 different animals, and more than 1,500 types of cacti and succulent plants, from around the world.

I’ve been to many zoos, so I spent most of my time in the Izu Cactus Park. The cactus welcome visitors with their hands raised and guide visitors to the bathroom (i.e., I am attaching the unique signs indicating the location of the restrooms). The cactus varieties include cactus and a variety of other plants from South America, Mexico (Opuntia Mexicana), African non-cactus family, Island of Madagascar, and many more.

The zoological garden animals include kangaroos, capybara, wallabies, rodents, pelicans, peacocks, flamingos, other birdlife, squirrel monkeys, and chimpanzees.Many of the animals could be touched, pet, and fed animal treats purchased in the park.

The premises also houses six restaurants, being Restaurant Gibontei, Restaurant Chao, Restaurant Hanamusubi, Restaurant Café, and Bell Station, and Omiyagekan, a souvenir specialty shop.

Dog lovers heaven . . . Dog owners can bring their dogs to the zoo.

Admission fee is adults including high school students 1,800yen; elementary and junior high school students 900yen; and infants 300yen. Discount coupons can be obtained online.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank KodoDrummer
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