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Today, I’ll introduce one of the best attractions in Shizuoka. “Fuji Safari Park” is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Susono City, and as its name indicates, you can see various wild animals in nature there.
Now, let me begin with the main attraction, “Safari Zone” ! It’s the very paradise for animals because they can live almost wild in indigenous nature around Mt. Fuji. Accordingly, you tour the world of wild lives by cars, buses, or tour buses called “Jungle Bus”. Walking around is strictly forbidden no matter how brave you are.＾＾；
The course requires about 1 hour to tour around. It’s very nice that you can tour Safari Zone as many times as you like with no additional charge in case you get in there in your private car. In my case, I took a Jungle Bus (¥1200 per ride ). They have 9 varieties of tour buses that are shaped and imaged lovely Safari animals. All buses were full of visitors. I took the Lion Bus. In sitting the seat, I was handed a box with vegetables, chicken meats and something’s liver for feeding, which made me nervous and scared a bit.＾＾；
The bus moved and the driver began to make an announcement about animal lives. Even if you don’t understand his words, you can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere with English brochures in your hand that can be provided at the information desk.＾＾
Now, let me introduce some animals in Safari Zone. First come bears ! And you know what ? I fed them vegetables. Ever seen bears right ahead of you ? It’s kind of awesome !
Next appear Lions. You can feed them too ! The powerful life, how can I explain ? The lioness resting on the tree gave me the very image of “wildness”. It also made me feel scary even in the bus.
Tigers, cheetahs, elephants and other plant-eating animals follow in turn. The might of carnivorous animals and the sweetness of herbivorous animals. Both have the different kind of “wild power”. I felt very congenial when I saw a giraffe walking away into the forest. These scenes always, somehow, remind me of a song of Elton John, “Circle of Life” a theme song of a Disney movie, “Lion King”. I often sing it in Karaoke.＾＾ “Till I find my place, on the path unwinding~♪” What a song ! Very impressive with profound meanings. In Safari Park, by the way, you can see all the members of Lion King such as lions, warthogs, meerkats and hyenas. I’ll introduce them next time !
Have a good day !＾＾
Fuji Safari Park
Access ： 15 minutes by car from Susono I.C.／25 minutes by car from Gotemba I.C. of Tomei Expressway
Admission ： ¥2,700 for adults／¥1,500 for children
Open Hours ： 9:00 – 17:00（3/16 – 9/30）／9:00 – 16:30（10/1 – 10/31）／
10:00 – 15:30（11/1 – 3/15） ※open 7 days a week
Jungle Bus ： ￥1200（ over 3 years old/feed included ）
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