02 June 2016 by Anna Staford
Mount Zao is the location of one of the most unique zoos and animal shelters one will ever find. It’s called the Zao Fox Village. The shelter plays home to over 100 foxes, most of them very playful. These cute cuddlies are allowed to mingle with visitors and run around the premises.
The shelter was established in 1990 and has been entertaining guests in a world run by foxes and fox lovers. The caretakers focus their attention on feeding and caring for six species of foxes that come in a variety of colours. The most common of these is the Japanese red Fox. Best time to visit: summer and spring.
Listen carefully to the shelter personnel at the entrance because they will run you through the rules and policies of the village.
The guides take you to where they nurse foxes that are injured or sick. After that you get to view the baby foxes. Then you move onto the natural habitat for the foxes. Once you reach this point, you can walk freely with the foxes, with no time restrictions. There is also a souvenir shop where you will find their very own Fox Village Candy and lots more.
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Taxi: by far the easiest way to reach the village is by taking a taxi. You can share with other visitors to make it easy on your pocket. The good thing is that most drivers know where the Fox Village is.
Bus: Buses run on a schedule and only on Tuesday and Friday from Shiroishi Station.
Direct transport: They have their very own cab that leaves Shiroishi station at 10:30 am and brings you back to the station at 12:30. But there has to be at least five passengers on board before it leaves.
- 1000 yen for adults;
- 600 yen for older children;
- small children go free;
- snacks for the foxes and rabbits are 100 yen each.
This is definitely a one of a kind experience where you can close to one of the cutest, yet untamed animals. Seeing these foxes in their natural habitat and yet still come close to them is such a treat. The good thing about it is that a day trip from Tokyo can be easily arranged. So call the Zao Fox Village 0224-24-8812 and arrange a wonderful and educational trip.
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