Cactus connoisseurs will certainly enjoy the attractions of "Cactus Park" in Izu, but the biggest draw seems to be the crew of gregarious capybaras inhabiting the park's animal-petting zone. Visitors can also pet the resident rabbits, tortoises and alpaca, but the capys - especially the babies - are definitely the crowd favorite. If you come at the right time of winter you can even see them bathing in specially constructed hot-spring pools; check the website for details.
Another popular feature here is the park's wild-bird zone, where you can observe flocks of flamingos, colorful ducks, a shoebill stork and other exotic birds. As far as plant life is concerned, you'll find a huge variety of cacti growing inside a series of large pyramidal greenhouses, which are connected to each other via underground passageways.
The last of the greenhouses is a giant plant shop, filled with potted cactus plants of all sizes and varieties that are ready to take home. Throughout the park you'll run across other animals - horses and sheep, peacocks, and lots of weird little monkeys. A non-stop soundtrack of traditional Mexican music plays in the background to set the mood.