Fuji Safari Park
Fuji Safari Park is the largest zoo in Japan! It has gained immense popularity since its opening in 1980 due to impressive television commercials and comparatively large numbers of animals. The zoo is mainly divided into two sections, the “Fureai Zone” and the “Safari Zone.”
In the Fureai Zone, guests can touch and play with small animals, such as rabbits and guinea pigs. This area is recommended for guests with small children.
In the Safari Zone, you can see larger animals, such as lions, tigers, elephants, and giraffes.
Fuji Safari Park takes care to raise its animals in areas as close to nature as possible. Private cars and buses are available for riding through the different areas (Jungle Bus Ride 1300 yen). There is also a Walking Safari (separate fee, 500 yen), on which guests can observe the animals while walking around. The Walking Safari is available March through November. The Safari Zone can be walked through in around 1 ½ to 2 hours.
The tour buses are designed to look like cute tigers, lions, elephants, hippos, and other animals, making the adventure even more exciting! In place of windows, wire mesh separates passengers from the animals outside, allowing passengers to safely feed bears, lions, and herbivorous animals during the tour. The space separating you from the animals looking for food is just 20 centimeters! You can even feel their breath on you through the wire mesh. Bus tickets may sell out early on Saturdays and Sundays, so those who plan to take the bus tour should buy tickets as soon as possible after the park opens.
Also, from mid-April through the end of October, the zoo hosts a Night Safari. Guests who take this special tour have the chance to see nocturnal carnivores in action!
Basic information on Fuji Safari Park
Fuji Safari Park
- 2255-27 Fujiwara Aza Suyama, Susono City, Shizuoka
- 35 minutes by bus from Gotemba Station
- Mid-March through September 9:00-17:00. October 9:00-16:30. November through mid-March 10:00-15:30.
- Open every day
- High school students and older 2700 yen. 4 years old to junior high school age 1500 yen. 65 years old and up 2000 yen. 3 years old and under free.