I have always wanted to go on a real safari where I would see wild animals roaming free! Though I still haven’t had the chance just yet, I did however get to go on a mini safari with my husband! We took a trip to the Fuji Safari Park! We got to see, lions, zebras, kangaroos, tigers and much more! It would have also been a really fun place to view Mt. Fuji but unfortunately it was a cloudy day so the overcast prevented us from seeing the mountain.
- Adults (high school students and older)- 2,700 yen
- Children (ages 4 to junior high students)- 1,500 yen
- Senior (65 and older)- 2,000 yen
- Group prices (15 or more)- adults, 2,000 yen / children, 1,000 yen
- Parking is free
- Mar.16-Sep.30, 9:00-17:00
- Oct.1-Oct.31, 9:00-16:30
- Nov.1-Mar.15, 10:00-15:30
2255-27 Fujiwara Aza Suyama, Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Postal code 410-1231
Tel: 055-998-1311 Fax: 055-998-1151
We took the trip to Fuji Safari Park through Yokota ITT (Information ticket and travel) so our cost of traveling was also included in our ticket price. Once at the park you can either enter the driving safari zone, walking safari zone or walk the animal village. The safari part of the park is not the only entertainment at the park. There is a bunny house, cat house and dog house and each cost 500 yen per person to enter. The rest of the park has all kinds of animals you can walk around and see and some even feed and pet! For a small fee you can buy pieces of food for the animals to eat! There is also pony rides and small animal petting areas!
There were so many animals to see and even though it was a rainy day the animals still were out for us to see. Since we could actually interact with a lot of animals it made this experience so much better! Who doesn’t love petting and feeding an animal you don’t normally get to touch?
The park also has a big selection of locations to eat! Three restaurants, a bakery, a coffee shop and a few stands with a variety of snacks and treats. The park also has a tax free gift shop with lots of themed snacks and gifts to take home. I bought myself a carved wooden elephant made in Kenya.
After walking the park for a few hours we met up with our tour group to go on our jungle bus safari ride! The park has jungle buses that look like different animals and is basically a giant cage bus! When entering the safari zone, guests can either take their own car free of charge or buy tickets for the jungle buses for a fee of 1,200 yen which includes feeding animals. As I had said before, there is also an option to walk the safari zone which will take you underground and through the woods, it costs 500 yen. If you are a club member of the park you can do a private ride in the rangers navigation car!
Once on the bus we received two boxes and a cup. Inside the one container was a piece of meat and the other had a piece of fruit. The cup had some kind of food pellets inside. During the safari ride the driver shares some interesting facts about animals. There are six sections of the safari zone, bears first, lions, tigers, cheetahs, elephants, herbivorous animals, and lastly the mountainous animals.
(I apologize for the quality of these next pictures, due to the rain, foggy windows, and fencing of the bus it was a little difficult to take photos.)
First we fed some bears the pieces of fruit with long tongs! Then next we fed the lions the meat! Two lions had started to fight over the food we would give them! They fought right in front of us! Hearing them growl right there a foot away from me was amazing! I could feel the growl in my bones! Sadly the one female lion received a little gash on her head from the other and did not try to take food from us after that.
The other animal we fed on the safari was the camels! They were more nice about taking the food then the lions! The rest of the animals we didn’t get to feed but it was such a great experience being so close to them! The only animals that were effected by the weather and we couldn’t see were the cheetahs, they are thinned blood animals so they don’t like the cold. The park also offers night safaris, where you can use night goggles to observe animals in the dark!
We had a fun filled day even if it did rain ALL DAY and I would love to go back and do it all again! Even though I have seen so many animals at zoos and other parks, it never gets old. I get excited over seeing dogs just walking down the road! Nature and animals have a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to one day see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, running free and wild!
© 2015 TNG