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Now, back to Fujinomiya, I show you a paradise for animals. Taking an express bus from Shiraito Falls for 5 minutes, actually the next stop, you will find a roadside park-like hill. That is Makaino Ranch in Asagiri Highland. Quite vast. Open this map for your image. See ? Looks fun !＾＾
So, what are in this facility ?
1. Communication with animals
Docile animals such as horses, sheep, rabbits and marmots are waiting for you in each area. Find a vending machine around, and feed and touch them with affection. In my case, because I’m rather no good at animals, I could not have “Communication” with any of them.＾＾； I could tell from their eyes that they were very kind to me though. You try them !
2. Hammock Forest
One of my favorite places. Swing yourself in a hummock web in the refreshing air, listening to music, reading something, or taking a nap. I thought nothing to sing to myself and almost went back to my childhood wrapped in the web. The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, you know ? This is the world !
3. Mongol Town
A camp site. You can stay overnight in a furnished yurt room called “Gel”, and see stars of Asagiri Highland as many as those in Mongol. You can cook or BBQ in this area. From ¥10,000 for a room, up to 4 guests and with extra-charge from 5th. Though once I planned to stay there with my friend, it was broken off due to hard rain. I wish I could have another chance・・・you know, it won’t come again.＞＜
4. Crafts and Works
You can try to make butter, cheese and sausage, or wool-making, ceramic art, candle art, nature crafts and other works. It would be a good idea to make something as a gift to your family and friends.
5. Shops and restaurants
Their original dairy products and sausages are the bestselling, known as Asagiri Highland brand. A variety of cheeses are also very popular. In the restaurant, you can enjoy dishes cooked with local products of the foot of Mt. Fuji.
I strolled in Makaino Ranch for more than 2 hours and saw the evening sun reflecting on the pasture. A flock of sheep made me feel somehow desolate.
The wind was getting cold, telling me the end of the trip in Fujinomiya. Fujinomiya Tourist Association, Sengentaisha Shrine, Shiraito Falls and Makaino Ranch. If I had had more sufficient time, I could have been to Lake Tanuki. Maybe, next time.＾＾；
Oh, maybe you should be advised that you should find out the bus time before exploring Makaino Ranch unless you like to wait for it for more than an hour. Not many buses are available there.
Have a good day !
Admission ： ¥700 for adults ／¥500 for children ( valid for a month )
Hours ： 9:00 – 18:00
Closed ： Every Wednesday and other temporary closing from Dec 1 until Mar 20.
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