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伊豆シャボテン公園Izu Shaboten Park

  • Entertainment (Zoo / Aquarium / Botanical Gardens)
  • Around Atami and Izu
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Around Atami and Izu
1317-13 Futo, Ito-shi, Shizuoka 413-0231, Japan
  • Entertainment (Zoo / Aquarium / Botanical Gardens)
Opening Hours
[March-October] 9:00-17:00; [November-February] 9:00-16:00
Date of post:2015/07/10

Let’s meet lovely animals at Cactus park!

  • Animal Appreciation

Izu Cactus Park was opened in 1959. Because of its name, it is often assumed that it is a botanical garden with cactuses only. In fact, Izu Cactus Park was designed for different animals and different plants as a part of the main park.

The pyramid-shaped greenhouse is a symbol of this park. It exhibits various cactuses brought from across the world. Among them, large ball cactuses called “the king of cactus” attract attention. Many of them are over 100 years old. The largest and oldest one is said to be 160 years! At a souvenir shop, you can choose your favorite cactuses and plant them together in one pot.

Animals here are so popular to draw many tourists. I think the most popular one is capybaras. They started to attract attention after the park began to let them enjoy bathing in hot spring water in winter. They look so relaxing! Actually they are my favorite and recommendation. I believe it makes many people happy. When the bathing season starts at the end of November every year, the capybaras are featured on local TV with the TV presenters saying that this shows the beginning of winter season. Their bathing starts at 10:30am, you’ll see a crowd of people around the area. It is recommendable to go earlier there. Don’t miss it!

Another must-see event is “Presentation & Recital by the animals of Izu Cactus Park”. The animals appearing on the stage are dogs, monkeys, birds and so on. The people who come to see the performance loves the cute animals.
Other various kinds of events are also good, such as feeding animals like squirrels. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a whole day here.

<Restaurants & Shops>
There are some restaurants and a souvenir shop. Souvenir goods featuring capybaras are my recommendation, of course!

<Opening hours >
March 1st to October 31st 9:00am to 5:00pm
November 1st to February 28th 9:00am to 4:00pm

<Entrance fee>
Adults (Junior high school students or older) 2,300yen,
Elementary school students 1,100yen,
Children (4 and over) 400yen, free for children under 4,
Senior (over 69) 1,900yen
Parking: 500yen per car

From Tokyo,
・Izukyuko Line is available directly to Izu-kogen station (2H11minutes).
15 minutes by taxi from Izu-kogen station
・Shikansen is also possible, after getting off at JR Atami Station(45minuts), change a train to Ito Line to get to Ito station (22minutes). 25minutes by taxi from Ito station

Just next to Izu Cactus Park, a green hill with a unique shape draws our attentions. The hill called Mt. Omuro. It looks like an upside-down bowl. It is a result of volcanic activities in ancient times with a crater of 300 meters in diameter and 70 meters in depth. It was designated as a natural monument. It is now beautifully covered with green grasses and attracts many visitors. The chairlift service is available to get to the top. You can command a 360 degree great view of the ocean, fishing ports, rich greenery and Mt. Fuji in distance when the weather is fine, while walking around the crater rim.
 Round tickets of charlift: Adults (Junior high school students and older) 500yen
Children (over 3) 250yen, free for children under 4

Izu Granpal Park
Izu Cactus Park is one facility of Izu Shaboten Park Group, consisting of 5 facilities in the center of Izu Highland along the east coast of Izu peninsula. Let me introduce another one, Izu Granpal Park. It is a leisure park having a spacious area with green grasses, facilities for athletics and sports activities such as a miniature golf course, a cycling square, jungle and obstacle courses for kids to enjoy getting through. Visiting both Izu Cactus Park and Izu Granpal Park is a good plan for families with children. The two parks are located about 10 minutes away by car.

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