Gunma Safari Park
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Safari not So Far Away
One of the things that has surprised me most about Japan is just how many cool places there are for animal lovers. I'm not talking about zoos, either, which are reasonably priced but still are not the best that Japan has to offer. One of the amazing places I am referring to is Gunma Safari Park in Tomioka city.
It's a few hours drive outside of Tokyo proper, but worth the short road trip if you have a car. If you do not have a car, you can use the bus services, but I would say that renting a vehicle would be worth it to make a special trip.
In Gunma Safari park you get to drive at your leisure through a park where the vast majority of the animals roam free. In the picture you can see how close the Zebra was, but there were many other animals that approached our car. I actually had an African antelope clean his horns on my side view mirror! While it's not the best for insurance purposes, I am all about those kinds of experiences, and so if you are looking for an up-close-and-personal view of some incredible animals from all over the world, Gunma Safari Park is a must-visit location.
The only downside is the cost, which is 2700 yen per adult and 1400 per child (3-14). There is a tablet digital guide that you can rent for 500 yen that will give you descriptions of all the "zones" you drive through.
So if you can find a vehicle and love animals, take the drive out to Gunma Safari Park and spend a few hours on a safari that's not so far away.
1 Okamoto, Tomioka-shi, Gunma-ken 370-2321