1500 kinds of cactus and succulent plants all over the world
“Izu Shaboten Park” which opened in Ito city in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1959 was originally a facility like a botanical garden where you can see unusual cactus in Japan. However, as the number of animals has increased now, it was renamed “Izu Shaboten Zoo” in 2016 and became more popular.
Here you can see about 1500 kinds of cactus and succulent plants all over the world. There are also very rare cactus in there, and there are plenty of places to see. Also, animals are also increasing year by year, especially capybara, shoebill, squirrel monkeys are very popular.
Also, it is said that “Izu Shaboten Zoo” became popular in Japan as it became a topic that Capybara was the hot spring in Japan for the first time.
Here, it is popular also with unusual shoebill in Japanese zoo. Also, shoebill kept here is said to be the oldest in Japan.
Recently it is prone to popularity by animals, but the popularity of cactus is still not waning and it is one of the highlights. Areas with cacti are divided into five areas: “South America Pavilion”, “Africa Pavilion”, “Madagascar Pavilion”, “Mexican Pavilion” and “Forest Cactus Pavilion”. At the Mexican Pavilion, you will be overwhelmed by the large, round and fine cactus. You can see a nice cactus called Echinocactus grusonii. Cacti that are now banned imports are planted. There are unusual kinds such as cactus covered with bushy hairs, cactus becoming raw material of tequila. Please try to observe variously. Izu Shaboten Zoo also has a very cute cactus. It is a cactus of the breed called mammillaria albilanata. When you look at mammillaria albilanata from afar, it looks pure white, but when you look from near, there are fine warts and thorns. It appears white because it has a long white filamentary needle on its thorns. Around about March, flowers like the color of a small red purple will bloom. It is very cute and healed cactus.
For visitors coming by train:
Use the Tokaido Shinkansen・Tokaido Main Line
From Atami Station, take the JR Ito Line to Ito Station. From there, it is approx. 35 min by Tokai Bus or 25 min by taxi.
If disembarking at Izukogen Station on the Izu Kyuko Line, approx. 20 min by Tokai Bus or 15 min by taxi.
Charms and Highlights of Izu Shaboten Zoo
A typical sightseeing spot of Izu area
The Izu Shaboten Zoo (Izu cactus park) is popular as a typical sightseeing spot of Izu, and is loved by many tourists. In the park, pretty animals and the replicas of stone statue of the ancient civilization are displayed as well as many cactus, and they are feast visitor’s eyes.
The capybara family is especially extremely popular
This is a park which can come into contact with nature, such as about 1500 kinds of cactuses, succulent plants, etc. in the world and animals which move inside a garden freely, such as a squirrel monkey and a pelican. The capybara family is especially extremely popular. The learning presentation, which can look at the result that animals trained intensively hard every day, is cute, and a heart softens.
The belly of the huge dragon is the entrance to the greenhouse
The cactus park is divided into the greenhouse and the rock garden of the bare outdoor planting and can look at various cactuses. The greenhouse is classified in five areas as “Mexican hall”, “Africa hall”, “Madagascar hall”, “forest-related cactus hall” and “South America hall”. The belly of the huge dragon is the entrance to the greenhouse.
Lovely sight of tender figure like soaking in outdoor bath
The capybara family of the existence like a mascot of The Izu Shaboten Zoo. It was a lovely sight of tender figure like soaking in outdoor bath. The bathing scene of capybara can be seen from the point-blank range, which is likely to reach, at the open-air bath of a dynamic rock built with large rock of Izu.
A family, a couple, and a senior can also enjoy
In the garden, there is the “Cactus Hunting Studio” where you can make an original potted plant with a choice of a favorite cactus and the “Animal Boat Tours” which can enjoy feeding animals and going around eight islands and seashore in a pond by a boat A family, a couple, and a senior can also enjoy themselves in comfort.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Izu Shaboten Zoo|
|Address:||Futo 1317-13 Ito, Shizuoka 413-0231 Japan|
|Access:||Izu Kyuko-sen Line “Izukogen-eki Station” (20 minutes by bus)|
|Price:||2,400 yen (Adult)|
1,200 yen (Elementary school students)
400 yen (4 years old or more)
Please refer the official web page.