Zao Fox Village is home to so many gorgeous animals, and visitors are more than welcome to visit for a small fee. For an extra 100-yen, or .85 cents, you will be given food to feed the foxes as they approach you from all sides. While it’s relatively safe, visitors are still cautioned against hand feeding or bringing small children, as the foxes are not domesticated.
In Japan, the fox is considered a sly trickster, and some even believe foxes have mystical powers. They are cute enough to put a spell on me, of that I am sure! See for yourself; take a virtual peek inside the cutest place on earth, Fox Village. Make sure to check out the video at the bottom of the page.
When you first enter the village you go through a petting zoo type exhibit where you can pet and take photos with miniature horses, goats, bunnies and more. All of these animals are in cages or on leashes, but that’s not all Fox Village has to offer.
The real magic happens in a different part of the village, where the foxes roam free. In the main part of the sanctuary the foxes are not on leashes or caged in at all, instead they move about the wide expanse doing just as they please. There are plenty of tall trees and shrubs in the area, making you truly feel like you are out in nature experiencing a swarm of beautiful foxes.
Feeding the foxes is a lot of fun but there are a number of rules you will have to follow, such as throwing the food instead of hand feeding, and not feeding the foxes inside of cages.
The foxes are not the only sights to enjoy; the enclosure is beautifully designed with shrines and statues and is surrounded by the gorgeous Miyagi Zao Mountains.