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Perfect for an infant's first zoo visit
Price: 200 yen
Within the woods of Chikozan Park lies a small, but practical zoo for small children. It is very easy to navigate and although hilly in parts, it is stroller friendly for the most part. They only charge adults 200 yen and school aged children cost 50 yen. Children under 7 are free.
Given the size of the zoo they have quite a nice selection of animals. The biggest animal is probably the horses. They have monkeys, which is something the Saitama Children's Zoo is lacking. The centre of the farm is the petting area where you can hold chicks and Guinea Pigs, occasionally they have rabbits. There is a Guinea Pig parade in this area too; after petting hour is over the Guinea Pigs walk down a planked aisle back to their pen. They decorate the entrance to the aisle with seasonal decorations. You can buy food pods in the park to feed the animals and / or pay to horse ride. There are also times you can enter the goat's pen and pet and brush them. The zoo is particularly pretty in cherry blossom season. There is a picnic area at the back of the zoo with some animal statues the kids can climb on and a spring ride.
The zoo has its own parking and you can also use Chikozan park's parking. All car parks are free. The zoo is open Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays. It is open 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. There are occasionally variation in hours during holidays.