Tuesday, September 8, 2015

# Theme Park ♪ Meet the white tiger! Ride on a roller coaster! Any new discovery!!! Come here to Tobu Zoo!!




# Theme Park ♪ Meet the white tiger! Ride on a roller coaster! Any new discovery!!! Come here to Tobu Zoo!!

An integrated hybrid leisure land 
-Tobu Zoo-

Just 76-min from Shibuya
Just 44-min from Ueno
And just 35-min from Asakusa by limited express train!

Located at Saitama, neighboring prefecture of Tokyo
Zoo and amusement park (Will become a water park in summer)
It is nice collaboration of theme park

An integrated hybrid leisure land 
Tobu Zoo

 If you've been to Tokyo several times,
you probably have visited many shopping spots in Tokyo, Disneyland and 
also hot springs in Hakone.
So want some freshness??
Wanna experience a carnival-like amusement park?
Wanna get closed to the cute animals that we won't see often?
Let us show you a place to fulfill your wish!!!!
Here you are!
Tobu Zoo

Okay! Let's check our schedule!

7:00  Depart hotel after breakfast
8:30 Take the train to Tobu-dobutsu-koen Station
[ from the station to Tobu Zoo,  10-minute walk or 5-min by bus]
         10:00  purchase day pass for admission
※In the morning, let's experience various recreational facilities and go to see a variety of cute animals.
12:30 Lunch time!! Try delicious curry burger or pancake with white tiger's graph
※In the afternoon, let's go to meet white tiger and other unique animals
            See fireflies
           Buy souvenirs
16:00 Say goodbye to all lovely friends
           Return to Tokyo
17:30 Arrive Tokyo! Go back to hotel for indoor sightseeing



Riding on roller coaster and meeting white tiger
of course there are other rare animals
as well as delicious lunch and dessert
Return to Tokyo before sun goes down

 Experience a new day trip from Tokyo!!
Follow us to Tobu Zoo!

[Tobu Zoo]
Address: 110 Miyashiro-machi Suga, Minami-saitama, Saitama
Access: Tobu Sky Tree Line [Tobu dobutsu-koen station]
 To the zoo, just 10 minute-walk
or take the charged shuttle bus about 5-min 
 (fare: 170 yen for adult / 90 yen for child)
Open Hours: 10:00 - 16:30 (Will be subjected to change depending on the season) 
※ Closed occasionally

Let's check the fare!


Adult
(junior high school student or older)
Child
(3 years old or older)
Senior
(60 years old or older)
Ticket for a ride
Admission fee only¥1,700¥700¥1,000¥300 ~
¥1,000 
One Day Pass
(admission fee + unlimited ride pass)
¥4,800¥3,700¥3,700
Pool Charge
(admission fee + pool charge) * Available only in summer
¥2,400¥1,100¥1,700


Official website (English)



Wait!!! What is the characteristic of Tobu Zoo?


# Cute and energetic white tigers' family

Speaking of Tobu Zoo,
indeed it is the most famous one!!

Precious and cute
Yes!!! A white tigers' family like a celebrity.

Don't wanna miss the chance of meeting all of them at the same time?
Come on to Tobu Zoo!!



# When a leisurely Healing zoo and vibrant amusement park encounter...

Take the advantage of morning to enjoy a variety of recreational facilities,
then go to meet the cute animals in the afternoon!
In summer, it will become a water park then!!!
An integrated hybrid leisure land 
Tobu Zoo!!
A unique theme park near Tokyo!
Come to experience its distinctive style!



# Large collection of various recreational facilities

Pleasure land area (Amusement park)
It assembled a total of 33 large and small attractions. 
Not extremely scary
Of course, you can enjoy your ride on roller coaster with family.
And a large scale of zoo,
it welcomes family with baby as well!

Take the advantage of using the day pass!!!



#  Zoo full of happiness!!
A great satisfaction!

Tobu Zoo was opened in 1981. 
This year is its  34th birthday!
No doubt it is one of the popular zoos loved by many people!
The staffs there know the better way to get closer to animals!!!

Here, not only enjoying to meet white tiger and other animals,
you can have chance to touch, feed and communicate with them personally.

Tobu Zoo has a number of regions.
If you just want to meet cute animals, you can just buy the simple admission ticket.
If you want to go to the pleasure park (amusement park), you can buy a ONE DAY pass.
Or you can buy the simple admission ticket for the zoo+ the individual ticket for each ride.
Of course a ONE DAY pass is worth better than buying 2 tickets individually.

Adult
(junior high school student or older)
Child
(3 years old or older)
Senior
(60 years old or older)
Ticket for a ride
Admission fee only¥1,700¥700¥1,000¥300 ~
¥1,000 
One Day Pass
(admission fee + unlimited ride pass)
¥4,800¥3,700¥3,700
Pool Charge
(admission fee + pool charge) * Available only in summer
¥2,400¥1,100¥1,700





# Tobu-dobutsu-koen Station

Ride on a Tobu Sky Tree Line
Or it is directly access to the Tokyo METRO Hibiya Line / Hanzomon Line


Tokyo main station from the time of departure is the following
- Shinjuku for about 70 minutes
- Shibuya starting about 76 minutes
- Ueno starting about 44 minutes
- Asakusa starting approximately 35 minutes



▲ A little white tiger is welcoming us

When we get off the train, 
we see the photos of the new born white tiger brothers and 
"TOPPI" mascot of Tobu Zoo.

 Indeed the star of Tobu Zoo!



# Walk 10-min or 5-min bus ride

Just 10-min from train station to Tobu Zoo
If you don't wanna walk, you can take shuttle bus (charged) at the west exit!
Just 5-min ride, then you can reach the destination!

[Tobu Zoo Bus Schedule]
Tickets for adults 170 yen / child 90 yen
First bus 9:20
 Last bus at 17:40

Bus Operations Information (Japanese)



# Arriving  Tobu Zoo

Oh!!! The entrance is right in front of the you after getting off the bus!
Wow!!! A lot of people are lining up before the zoo is officially opened at 10:00.

[Tobu Zoo]
Address: 110 Miyashiro-machi Suga, Minami-saitama, Saitama
Access: Tobu Sky Tree Line [Tobu dobutsu-koen station]
 To the zoo, just 10 minute-walk
or take the charged shuttle bus about 5-min 
 (fare: 170 yen for adult / 90 yen for child)
Open Hours: 10:00 - 16:30 (Will be subjected to change depending on the season) 
※ Closed occasionally

Let's check the fare!



Adult
(junior high school student or older)
Child
(3 years old or older)
Senior
(60 years old or older)
Ticket for a ride
Admission fee only¥1,700¥700¥1,000¥300 ~
¥1,000 
One Day Pass
(admission fee + unlimited ride pass)
¥4,800¥3,700¥3,700
Pool Charge
(admission fee + pool charge) * Available only in summer
¥2,400¥1,100¥1,700


Official website (English)




# Let's have fun for the whole day!

ONE DAY PASS for Tobu Zoo
Get this blue strap at the entrance!
Let's go to get closed with the animals
and enjoy a variety of recreational facilities!

Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rental if necessary.
Are are friendly service to visitors!

Stroller rental   one day    300 yen
Wheelchair Rental    one day  600 yen



# Let's take a picture with the official mascot "TOPPI."

Passing through the ticket gate at the entrance ticket, 
it is the area of the recreational facilities. 
Yes!!! It is "TOPPI."
Say cheese~!!!!

Here is some tips from JAPANKURU!
It is better to play around at the recreational facilities first 
before going to see the animals!!
This is a more efficient way!




#Wi-Fi Vending machine?

You can see the word "Wi-Fi" written on the beverage vending machine everywhere in the park!
It means the 10 meters within the vending machine, you can enjoy the free Wi-Fi access!
Cool!

Let's take as many as pictures of the cute animals.
Then, come here to get a cool drink.
At the same time, just put your photos on your facebook, instagram....
How convenient!



# How exciting!

Roller coaster riding on water
Wooden roller coaster
Large Ferris wheel
 Maze of fireflies activities 
haunted house
etc...

33 kinds of facilities 
available for both men and women, youngsters and olderly.
Let's see which suit you the most!

English




# White Tiger.....? 

Wow!!!! how nostalgic!!!!
Wow!!! and they are cute white tigers!!!
What an amazing encounter!!!! 
Are you ready??



#  Mr. bear's Castilla cake

You know what?
This is the No. 1 sweet in Tobu Zoo.
You know wanna miss it!!!

A sweet and lovely castilla cake from Mr. bear.


# Oh!!!! There you are!!

Too cute that can't help of putting them into our mouths!!!
Wow!!! It smells pretty good huh!!!


Mr. Bear Castilla cake   330 yen  8 pieces 
                    530 yen  15 pieces




# Mr. Bear ice cream

Yes!!!
How cute!!!
There are vanilla, strawberry, green tea and chocolate flavors.
Cool!!!!
Maybe you might wanna try the mix of 4 flavors huh!!!
Don't hesitate to ask!

Mr. Bear ice cream  330 yen


After enjoying a variety of gourmet,
it is the time for us to get to see the "super stars" here!



# White Tiger

You know what?
White tiger has birth rate of only one hundred thousandth.
So they are no doubt precious.
In Eastern cultures, white tiger is considered a mysterious and ethereal creatures.
White Tiger belongs to the type of Bengal tigers. 
Currently there are only about 250 in the world and 30 in Japan.

Today,
we visit the Tobu Zoo,
there are actually more than one!
On January 25, four white tiger brothers were born. 
Therefore, a large family of 6 white tigers is formed.

Giving birth of 4 new white tigers,
caused a big news within Japan.



# White Tiger shrine

Having a white figure and solemn expression,
white tiger is believed as an "incarnation of God" and would bring good luck to people!
So we find a small "White Tiger Shrine" for worshiping beside the cages!

So today, we have met 6 of them,
does that mean we have good luck 6 times more??? (Are we greedy?)

Hope the photo below would give you some kind of luck then!!
Here you are 
from JAPANKURU!!



▲ White body and sharp eyes




▲ A family photo of White Tiger Family 



▲  Come on!!! 
Kind of a practice huh!!




▲ Two princes of the world of Beast!

Although they are still babies, 
their eyes look shaped already!!

Wait...
It is time for them to stay calm.


# Feeding white tiger

It is time to eat!

Every Saturday, a fixed time period is prepared for visitors to get closed to them 
and experience feeding!

JAPANKURU too!!!
What a precious experience!

[Time to eat for white tiger (feeding experience)]
Time: Every Saturday from 11:00~   the first 15 groups of participants
 Fee: 500 yen
(Changes happens according to the status of white tigers)



▲ Whoops!!!!
They ate very deliciously!

Don't think they are just six-mouth old, 
they are no doubt carnivorous animal!!!!
No surprise supposedly.



# Precious memories 
Press your shutter!!!

We will come back to see you guys when you are grown up!

Ok!!
Promise is a promise!
Let's take a picture for memories!
But they totally fell into the meat rather than looking at the camera for even a second!

Yes!!!
They are the super stars!!!!

After visiting tigers,
we never wanna miss the lions!!!
Lion king might feel lonely lol




#PRIDE OF LION

Yes!!! The king of the forest!
Felines and herd animals!

This gregarious habits of the lion is called [PRIDE]
So the lion cages located next to the tiger cages
It is named [PRIDE OF LION]



# Unique ornamental facilities

In this 411-square-meter space,
we can see through the glass of 20-meter-high inside, 
to know how lions live with others.
And there is a dome-shaped glass window for lions to play around.
So that we can see the normal life of lions from another interesting perspective!




▲ Yawn of king?

Comfortably enjoy the sunshine!
haha!!!! A big yawn!



Still the lion king indeed!!!



# White tigers and lions are family!

Two top kings in the forest!
But anyway, we are all same creatures to the earth!
Let's take a pictures then!!
Say cheese!!!


Next......
we gonna see...


# Get closed to the animals! (Animal forest)

Let see what cute animals can be met here!

Goats, sheep, kangaroos, lemurs, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, ponies, capybara ......
Tortoises and pythons 
Totally 11 different kinds of animals!




# Little yellow chicks are napping

Remember in the childhood, a box of chicks are sold in the school surroundings.
We have the experience of dying their colors!

Wow!!!! After many years, can't imagine we have them on your hands.
Oh!! They are sleeping!!!!



# Wow! There are lemurs too.

They are originally from Madagascar.
Living at the top of the tree always!
Actually, their charm is their big tail!
How cute!




▲ A large family of lemurs

Most of the families have 10-15 members!
They like staying together!

And they act and behavior alike!!
How funny!



▲ They like following people!

They imitate people unconsciously like making you their friends!
Do you wanna eat???



▲ Time to eat?

They eat four or five times a day!
Just put on gloves and feed them fruits like apples
Cool~

Next... 
let's go to ....


# Birds performances

In the [forest classroom],
there are 
owls that have vision 10 times better than humans,
parrots that can sing.

They have just done their singing performance!

[Bird Performance~ Flag the Wing]
Time: Sundays and holidays 11:30
Place: forest stage





#  alpaca couple in training

They are very famous during the feeding corner!
Since Mrs. alpaca is pregnant, 
she is taking rest in the forest classroom.

Pray for her to give birth of a healthy baby^^



# tortoises, symbol of longevity  tortoises

Weight more than 200 kilograms
Although they look a bit scary,
they have a really kind character!
And they can live up to 150 years!



▲ Secret of being calm?

They always have a slow impression,
Why they live leisurely??
Coz they are living in a legendary of life!

Wow!!!!
time flies!!!
It is lunch time!
What kind of lunch set is waiting for us here in the zoo???



# Lunch time @ Pancake House

Today, we decided to have lunch at this restaurant called [Cornet Pancake House]

Store in a variety of special dishes mainly like pizza
Of course, there are hamburger, curry rice and french fries.

Let's see what to order!


▲  Fried ham and  hamburger curry set (850 yen)

Oh!!!! A Japanese-western style huh!!!



▲ Mr. Cornet's special pancake - White Tiger Edition (1200 yen)

Yes!!!!
The white tiger special!!!

Full of whipped cream 
it is just like an art work!
Cool!!!
Highly recommended!!!


Okay!!!!
After lunch, 
let's go for a walk!


# A place kids like very much

Playground everywhere in the zoo!!!
Let's get together!!!




▲ "Hello?"

microphone made by cups, 
don't you known it?
This is the giant one though^^







# Landmark of the amusement park!

A big yellow Ferris wheel is located in the center of the Tobu Zoo
Its name is Emma's cheese windmill, 51.766 meters high
On the ride, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the park as well as the whole Saitama area!
A view in 360-degree!


After overlooking the blue sky,
let's go to see the fantastic night sky!



# Firefly Show

In all seasons,
you can enjoy the show by approximately 10,000 real "Fireflies."
A beautiful night view!

Firefly Show
Time 11:00 ~ 16:00
Viewing time: about 15 minutes
Fare: 400 yen
A maximum number of 18 people



▲ Surprising firefly experience

Firefly only appeared at the clean water and air.
A pollution-free environment to see a night landscape

We can see the 
full life process of a firefly luminous phenomenon!
"Egg - larvae - pupa - adult"

Whenever we see these,
we feel the magic of nature!




# Don't miss elephants too!

Not necessary to introduce! lol



# Who says elephants are the strongest? ʱ??

Take a look at the hippopotamus in the water!
Yes!!! They like swimming!


# Really??

There is one not a real goose in the goose family.
Can you see?



#  Malayan tapir in the dream

Already endangered Malayan tapir
They don't feel like to open their eyes!!
It is heard that they are good at smelling!


# Capybara

There are some magic moment of capybaras in Tobu Zoo.
You know?




▲ capybaras and friends?

Wait!! Who is that on the back of capybaras?



# It is the  squirrel monkey.

Body length 35 cm,  weight only about 1 kg
They are cute and keep on staying at the back of capybara.
They eat what capybara has left over!

While capybaras are leisurely taking a walk, 
the squirrel monkeys are jumping over and over!!




▲ "We are friends!"

After living long together,
for them. there is nothing unfamiliar though !
But that is interesting to see it as a visitors!




# Penguin Village

They all looks beautiful and handsome in the penguin world!



▲ Humboldt penguins

You might imagine that most of penguins are originally living in Antarctica
But actually, this Humboldt penguins are from South America, mainly in Chile and Peru island.



▲ Feeding penguin

Although not a regular activity,
there are a few times every day of penguin feeding time.
Visitors are welcomed to experience!
Let's follow the instructor then!

After enjoying the exciting amusement park and contact with different animals.
what is the last place we are going?




# West Park Restaurant & SHOP FLOWER POT

There are restaurant & souvenir shop near the penguin village.
Not only the stuffed dolls of the animals we saw today,
but also a variety of small items, snack, souvenir and T-shirts.

Let's start shopping then!!!


▲ White tiger themed souvenirs

What do you think the combination of white tiger dolls
Made In Japan chopsticks
And the wooden ema.

If you gonna miss the white tigers,
get some souvenirs back home then!



▲ Hey! Let see something great!!

Bring this big stuffed white tiger home!!!
Cool!!!!


# Let's get on the bus getting back to the entrance of the zoo

From souvenir shops to the entrance of the zoo, it takes about 20-min!
Take a walk and flashback the memory!
Or you can get take the bus if you are tired!

The name of this bus is called  Animal bubu!!!
You can take it if you have your ONE DAY PASS!
There are a lot of people take it after playing at the pool in the summer!




Enjoy a comprehensive Tobu zoo the whole day!

What do you guys think?
Perhaps the combination amusement park and zoo theme parks in the world are not quite common,
you can enjoy both kind of entertainment the whole day without staying overnight!
That is Tobu Zoo!

White tiger and  roller coaster
Two attractions make you to come here from Tokyo!!!
Get closed with animals and feel the kindness!!
That is Tobu Zoo!


[Tobu Zoo]
Address: 110 Miyashiro-machi Suga, Minami-saitama, Saitama
Access: Tobu Sky Tree Line [Tobu dobutsu-koen station]
 To the zoo, just 10 minute-walk
or take the charged shuttle bus about 5-min 
 (fare: 170 yen for adult / 90 yen for child)
Open Hours: 10:00 - 16:30 (Will be subjected to change depending on the season) 
※ Closed occasionally

Let's check the fare!


Adult
(junior high school student or older)
Child
(3 years old or older)
Senior
(60 years old or older)
Ticket for a ride
Admission fee only¥1,700¥700¥1,000¥300 ~
¥1,000 
One Day Pass
(admission fee + unlimited ride pass)
¥4,800¥3,700¥3,700
Pool Charge
(admission fee + pool charge) * Available only in summer
¥2,400¥1,100¥1,700


Official website (English)