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Izu Shaboten Park
Izu Shaboten Park was founded in 1959 on Izu Kogen (plateau) that overlooks the majestic Mt. Omuro. Various kinds of animals roam freely in the park. The park is especially famous for the capybaras that enjoy an outdoor bath. You also see this in other parks, but this park is the original. Cactus is called "Saboten" in Japanese, so you might wonder why Shaboten Park? It is said that saboten was also called shaboten in around 1959. Various kinds of cacti are grown in the park's large conservatory, thus the park's name.
- 1317-13, Futo, Ito-shi, Shizuoka
- Contact No.
- Take Izu Tokai Bus from Izu Kyuko Izu-kogen Station or JR Ito Station to Shaboten Park
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Nov through Feb: 9:00-16:00)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 3 hours
- Admission fee
- Adults (junior high school students and over) 2,300 yen, elementary students 1,100 yen, children (4 years old and over) 400 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Limited Time Only! Capybaras in an Outdoor Bath
Every year from late November through early April, visitors enjoy an event of "Ganso Capybara no Roten-buro" or capybaras in an outdoor bath. The event is held once a day on weekdays and twice a day on weekends and holidays. The capybara look very relaxed and happy in the bath, and it is the most popular attraction in this park. Please check the time and date of the event before you go
Shoebill Stands Motionless
The shoebill is well known for its habit of standing motionless for a long period of time. Grandpa Bill is the oldest shoebill in the world and has been living here for 35 years. Everyday, he takes a walk very slowly through the park. He is very smart and bows to familiar people. So say hi to him when you see him.
Unique Animal Watching Boat Tours
The large park features canals and eight man-made islands of various sizes. A wide variety of animals in a natural setting can be seen from the boat. This tour is highly recommended because it is a very unique attraction in Japan.