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MIYAGI ZAO Fox Village

Saturday, October 21, 2017

October 2, we got up early, prepared a quick breakfast and walked to the Ikebukuro Station(10minutes) to take the train to Omiya(town 30 min north from Ikebukuro in the limit of Tokyo Metropolitan Area), where we had to catch the JR Tohoku Shinkansen, the fastest train, to the north of Japan to a town named Shiroishi, approx 1hour 25 minutes. What a nice train, comfortable and very quiet.
We had our first sight of Japan countryside, green fields, small towns. When we arrived at 10:45 am, we asked for the taxi station and as soon as we got to the taxi we gave the driver the ticket we have bought at Ikebukuro JR office, and with my daughter's help we ask him to take us to the Miyagi Zao Fox Village or Zao Kitsune Mura in japanese.

The trip lasted 30 min climbing all the time the mountain. When we arrived he accompanied us to the office/store and said something to the lady, then she said pointing to herself "taxi call you later", which we interpreted as that she will call taxi for us at the end of our visit. Immediately she gave a page in English to read with the instructions in what to do and not to do in the place, the price and the price of the food for the foxes. We thanked her and enter.

As soon as we entered the place we saw a group of people with greenish jackets holding foxes in their arms. It lasted some minutes and then the foxes were taken away. My husband and daughter decided they wanted to do that, so I came back to the lady asking and showing my arms like holding a baby , she said "over" ,"over" but still she came to the lady who was taken the foxes away and she said OK for 500 yen each and we payed her.

My husband and daughter were given the greenish jacket and were asked to sit. The lady brought one fox for each of them. I took a photo and then when I was about to take a second one the fox in my daughter's arms escape and all the people who work there started chasing the poor fox. It was a task that lasted about 5 minutes.

While my husband enjoyed the fox in his arms all this time, my daughter was so surprised that the fox escaped that she began feeling guilty. In my opinion the fox was tired of being handled, because as soon as he was set in his cage, he turned his back and fell asleep. One has to accept that when was is not in the mood one is not in the mood, irrespective the specie.

We finally entered the second door that led us to the whole bunch of foxes. Some were asleep, other watching the people, others walking around. This place is in the mountain, so we climbed and went around, plenty of brown, black, few whites and mix gray-white foxes. We visited the area where the young foxes are kept, the sick area and where the female foxes in heat are held isolated from the rest. We made our way to the feeding area, it was so much fun that my daughter went back to the office/store to buy more food. We walked around the whole area making sure we saw everything, by 1:30 pm we headed out to the office/store. We washed our hands, remembering what we were instructed to do in the cat cafe. We asked the lady to call the taxi, visited the store and had something to drink, 30 minutes later the taxi arrived and in another 30 we were at the train station with great memories.

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    I love the way your daughter and her little fox are gazing at each other. There seems to be a real connection there! Your daughter is a lovely girl.
    837 days ago
    What an unusual experience you had in the fox village! They are beautiful animals with such delicate features. It looks like your husband and daughter truly enjoyed holding the fox.
    And what a variety of them....I never knew of so many colors!!
    837 days ago
    Oh how wonderful!!!!!!! Those foxes are just so cute!!! Did you pet one?

    I did the koala thing in Australia, at one of the rescue sanctuaries. And yes, sometimes the animals are tired and refuse to be held. Though koalas are more likely to just cling to their caregiver and refuse to be held by anyone else. Have to let the animals be themselves.
    838 days ago
    thanks WALLAHALLA
    849 days ago
    Those foxes look so sweet. I can't wait to read more about your trip!
    849 days ago
    oh thanks GR8PAPE, I'm glad you liked it. I'm grateful for your support. and never say never, less than 3 months ago, I was told that I'd be in Japan in October, just out of the blue, it could happen...
    849 days ago
    What an amazing experience! Thank you so much for sharing! Odds are, most of us will never get there to experience it! Please keep posting about your experiences in Japan!!!
    849 days ago
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