東武動物公園

7 Sep

Yesterday, we took the kids to the 東武スーパープール (Tobu Super Pool), which is one of the pool amusement parks in the Tokyo area with a current pool, a wave pool and four water slides.

We woke up early and got ready (and my wife and kids made a picnic lunch) and we took the train up north into 埼玉県 (Saitama Prefecture) where the park is.
The weather forecast on the TV said that there was a chance of rain but we decided to go anyways because the pool will close next week for the season (and we have other plans for next weekend)…and it was good that we went because the weather was perfect.

We arrived there at about 11:00 AM and stayed until 3:30PM. My kids were in the pools and water slides the whole time (my wife and I went in for awhile too), and only got out for lunch.

The lunch that my wife and daughters made was おにぎり (rice balls) with salmon inside, chicken, chips and ビール (beer) (the kids drank Coke®).

The only photos that I took there were of my family (which I don’t put online). I didn’t take any other photos at the pool because I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures of other people.
Well, I did take this photo of a (cicada) that we saw there:

The 東武スーパープール (Tobu Super Pool) is a part of the excellent 東武動物公園 (Tobu Zoo Park).

So, to get into the Super Pool, you need to buy admission tickets to enter the 東武動物公園 (Tobu Zoo Park), which has an 遊園地 (amusement park), a 動物園 (zoo), a わんこビレッジ (dog village), as well as the 東武スーパープール (Tobu Super Pool).

With that ticket, you can visit the zoo, but the dog village (where you can hold and play with different dogs), the amusement park, and the Super Pool cost extra.

We bought the admission tickets at a discount ticket shop last week, so we saved some money on that cost.

We have been to 東武動物公園 (Tobu Zoo Park) a few times before.
You can see a slideshow of our last visit there at this link.

and another post about it here.

When we left the Super Pool yesterday at 3:30PM, we walked around the zoo and looked at the animals until it closed at 5:30PM.

We were surprised when we were looking at the chimpanzees, they suddenly became quite agitated and started yelling and running around the cage throwing the tires and their water!

Then, at 5:30PM, we headed home for dinner. My wife made excellent 豚キムチ (Pork kimchee (spicy cabbage)).

Here are some videos I took of the animals at the zoo (including the angry chimps):

9 Responses to “東武動物公園”

  1. tokyo5 September 13, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    Mom…
    The “Dog Rental” is a business that works in large cities like Tokyo because many people can’t have a dog in the city (no room).

    And regarding the monkey (this post: https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/the-monkeys-back/ ), I don’t think it has been captured yet. It’s a wild monkey (not an escapee from a zoo), so the only reason they want to capture it is to re-release it back in it’s own environment in the mountains.
    They police aren’t actively searching for it…they respond to sightings of the monkey.

    (and he didn’t actually pee on the police…only onto the ground from up in the telephone pole).

    And, yes, the kids’ Summer holidays ended on September 1.

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  2. tokyo5 September 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm #

    Ori…

    You want to visit “Tobu-Dobutsu-kouen”?
    It’s a great zoo!
    Other excellent zoos in the Tokyo area are Tama-Dobutsukouen and Yokohama Dobutsuen.

    You live in 越谷 (Koshigaya), right?
    That’s on the same train line and not too far from 東武動物公園 (Tobu-Dobutsu-kouen).

    Thanks for commenting. Please feel free to comment often!

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  3. Ori September 13, 2008 at 10:58 am #

    Sugoi! I really want to visit Tobu dobtsu koen — those videos make me want to go and see it all for myself even more!

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  4. Mom September 13, 2008 at 2:33 am #

    Wow, what a great idea. I am always looking for someone who loves dogs and would love to take any or both of my dogs for a walk! I never heard of any business here in the States where anyone would actually pay to take a dog for a walk. Usually it is the opposite, people with the dogs have to pay dog walkers to take their dogs for a walk. in fact, there are 2 teenage boys who live next door to us and I asked them if they would like to earn a little extra money by taking our dogs for a walk when my back is too painful for me to take them. they were so surprized and excited about this oppt’y but I told them before we got started they needed to check it out with their parents first just to be sure it was okay with them. well, they did just that but when they came back a few days later they had a typed out contract for me to sign!! their mother wanted to really make it offical by typing up all the terms of agreement betw us for this “business”. I thought it was kind of ridulous because all I wanted was for them to do was take the dogs on an as needed basis and I would pay them a set amount each time. but the mother seemed to panic that I would take advantage of her sons by writing up a contract! I had to tell the boys no I didn’t want to sign the contract because I wasn’t ready to make such a commitment and didn’t see the need for a contract between 2 neighors. the boys were disappointed and I was too. but I guess this was their mother’s way of protecting them and making sure no one took advantage of them! not that I ever would! anyway, just thought I’d share that with you.

    Has the monkey been caught yet? that is so funny about him setting himself up on a pole and peeing on the officers!! who would have ever thought of that? it would be a funny scene in a movie.

    are the 3 back in school now? how are they doing? give your family my love pls.

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  5. tokyo5 September 12, 2008 at 11:27 pm #

    Mom…
    Yes, many people in Japan have pet dogs (even in Tokyo).

    But, just like any other big city, Tokyo isn’t an easy place to keep a dog. So most people don’t.
    That’s why that “Dog Village” is popular.
    (There’s even a “Dog Rental” place in Tokyo….where you can pay to take a dog for a walk!)

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  6. Mom September 12, 2008 at 6:57 am #

    P.S. Yes, you are so lucky to have a wife and 3 children who love to cook for you!! I wish I had even 1 for me! the less cooking I have to do, the better I like it. only sometimes, when I am in the mood do I really get into it. it is a good thing for Dad that I will do it whether I am in the mood or not, although he does help out a lot more now-and he is really a better cook than I am!

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  7. Mom September 12, 2008 at 6:55 am #

    It seems funny to me that Japanese keep dogs in pens at the zoo. is it acceptable to keep a dog in your home as a pet?
    our dogs are such babies, from being a little spoiled, that I doubt that they would survive long in a pen at the zoo. I could be wrong though-they might love it, esp. Otis, since he loves to play w/ kids and other dogs. actually, he is small only weighs about 12 lbs, but he thinks he is one of the big dogs and goes after them whenever the oppt’y presents itself. Mimi is too much of a scary cat, like her moma (meaning me!) and she would just quietly crawl into a little corner and be quiet.

    I was interested in the monkey that escaped from a zoo and the police chased him all over but could not capture him what has happened to him?, have you heard any more?

    I love going to the zoo, it is one of my favorite things to do, along with going to museums, esp Art museums.

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  8. tokyo5 September 8, 2008 at 1:48 am #

    MB…

    Animals in zoos live longer than the ones in nature, I’ve heard. Anyways, the baboons were pacing and the chimpanzees were angry because it was feeding time and they were hungry, it seems.

    The food was good. I’m lucky…my wife (and daughters) are excellent cooks!

    >Do you cook, too?

    No, I’m not good at cooking.

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  9. Mb September 8, 2008 at 1:34 am #

    I feel badly for those chimps. It seems like they would be much happier in a more natural environment, rather than pacing in a cage with cement floors. Poor things.

    Anyways, I’m glad you all had fun. Sounds like good food? Do you cook, too?

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