Fuji Safari Park is a safari park located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, in Susono city. The Park features both a zoo and a safari. Its close proximity to Tokyo and Mt. Fuji makes it a popular destination for both locals and foreign tourists.
Firstly, I got myself an entry ticket as well as a safari bus tour ticket. There were plenty of time till the tour so I visited the zoo zone first.
The interaction zone. Plenty of cute little animals visitors could touch, hold, or feed. There were plenty of families here, with parents taking photos of their children interacting with animals.
Another popular attraction for kids was the miniature horse/pony riding zone.
Left picture shows a miniature horse. Right picture shows a pony. Do you know the difference?
Besides the restaurant, there was a bread making workshop. You could make bread in the shape of animals here. Do take note that the bread would take an hour to bake, so do this before anything else.
And lastly, the normal zoo zone.
Then it was time for the safari tour. I looked forward to it, as it was what I came for.
I got on a hippopotamus bus (left picture), though I would have preferred the tiger bus (right picture).
He briefly talked about all the animals we drove past, as well as gave instructions on how to feed animals. One had to use a pair of scissor tongs to reach out of the bus.
Bears, leopards, lions, tigers, camels, rhinoceroses, giraffes, deers, are some of the animals you would see in the drive.
Those with their own cars could go around on their own. Although of course feeding would be impossible that way.
Deers crossing the road. In the foreground was a rental car provided by the Park.
The tour lasted for slightly longer than an hour. Pretty good, other than the lack of tigers due to them sleeping. That couldn’t be helped, as this was a safari and animals did whatever they wanted.
Finally I dropped by the souvenir shop to see what they have. As expected they have a huge collection of animal soft toys. I liked the hand puppets.
I feel like this Park is designed to be very family-oriented. Still, solo travelers and friends can enjoy it perfectly well. There aren’t that many safari parks in Japan, so this is a good place to visit along with Mt. Fuji.
|Name||Fuji Safari Park|
|Location||2255-27 Fujiwara Aza Suyama, Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Postal code 410-1231|
Adults (high school students and older) : 2,700yen
Children (ages 4 to junior high school students) : 1,500yen
Senior discount (ages 65 and older) : 2,000yen
Children (ages 3 and below) : free
Night Safari (Only on weekends until 30 Oct. However, open every day from 16 July to 31 August) :
|Opening hours||From Mar.16 to Sep.30 : 9:00 to 17:00|
From Oct.1 to Oct.31 : 9:00 to 16:30
From Nov.1 to Mar.15 : 10:00 to 15:30
|Access||Take Fujikyu buses from Gotemba, Fuji, or Mishima station. For more details, visit here.|
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* This article was written by a trainee from overseas. Please note that there might be spelling and grammar mistakes.