Fuji Safari Park is a lovely place to see and experience animals from around the world living freely. Fuji Safari Park offers visitors 4 options to experience their safari park 1) Self-drive option where visitors can progress through the park in their own car at their own pace, 2) Jungle Bus where you can see wild animals up close and feed them through the wire-netted windows of the bus for 1,300 yen/pp, 3) Super Jungle Bus where the tops and sides of the bus are netted so visitors can see animals from below for 2,000 yen/pp (Note children under elementary age are unable to ride), and the 4) Safari Navigation Car where you can take one of the Fuji Safari Park ranger’s 4WD vehicles and enjoy off-road driving and feed some animals for 5,000 yen/pp (5 people / 7 people Max). Note you must have a valid Japanese/international license and understand Japanese in order drive the vehicle.
We visited over the rainy weekend and the kids loved it. We avoided the crowds and most of the animals were out despite the cold rain. The fee when you drive into the park covers entrance and self-drive through the jungle park. We recommend heading straight to the bus tour center to purchase tickets for Jungle Bus as they go fast. Note they only accept cash. The gift shop and restaurants will accept card payment but not the jungle busses. It`s a 50 minute ride so remember to use the restrooms before boarding the bus.
The driver will hand you trays of carrots, apples, pellets and raw meat. Apples and Carrots are to feed the bears using long scissor type tools located underneath your seat; raw meat is fed to the lions using the same tools and brown pellets are for the camels. Open the plastic sliding doors located by your feet then place pellets in the metal drawer. Close the metal drawer so the camels can eat.
Post tour visit the Fureai Zone to feed and pet kangaroos, wallabies and capybaras or experience horse riding (food to feed animals are an extra charge), the Doubutsu Mura (Animal Village), or the The House of Cats, Dogs or Rabbits where you can play with the animal of your choice 500 JPY/30 min.
Couple a trip to the Fuji Safari Park with a trip to Mt Fuji Kodomo no Kuni / Children`s Land (8 minutes by car) or Grinpa Amusement and Athletic Park (10 minutes by car). Or on a rainy day a shopping trip to the Gotemba Premium Outlets (30 min by bus/car) or swim at the newly renovated Furiai Indoor Pool Center (20 minutes by car).
Fuji Safari Park Details
Address: 2255-27 Aza Fujiwara, Susono-shi, Shizuoka
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (Mar.11 – Oct.31); 10:00 to 15:30 (Nov.1 – Mar.10)
Fees: Adults (high school students and older) 2,700 yen *entrance covers entrance and self-drive through the jungle park.
Children (ages 4 to junior high school students) 1,500 yen
Senior discount (ages 65 and older) 2,000 yen
Access: From central Tokyo take the Tomei expressway to the Susono exit. Fuji Park is 15 min by car from the exit; From Gotemba Station take the Fujikyu Bus to Fuji Safari Park 35 min.
Fuji Safari Park – Tokyo Day Trip – Tokyo with Kids
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