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I Want to Hold a Baby Tiger

Posted by Heliocentrism on November 20, 2011

September 22, 2011

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These capybaras would rather eat that give us any attention.

Eye of the Tiger

After we got married, Mark and I felt like we should do something… We didn’t have enough time to do a long trip because we had plans to meet up with some friends that weekend. But, we really wanted to go somewhere. So we thought that it would be fun to visit one of the hundreds of amusement parks in our prefecture.

Mark wanted to hold a baby tiger, but as you can see from the video below, the tiger didn’t care too much for Mark.

We got on one of the park’s caged buses. They drove us around the park and stopped to let us feed the many animals. We stayed on the bus and fed the creatures through the bars of the bus. There were many animals that are not to be fed like the buffalos and baby giraffes, but we didn’t know this at first.

If you can’t tell these pellets apart, there is no hope for you.

They did give us lots of extra instructions and information about each animal, but it was all in Japanese. We don’t speak Japanese well enough to understand something like, “This lion has lion pox. Don’t let him sneeze on, or near you or all your hair will fall out and your skin will turn green.” It was only after we did something that the guide would say, “No. No feed baby!” or “No. No feed buufaaroo!” or “Dis giraffes food, dat rhino food.” Honestly, all pellets look alike to me.

Below is video of Mark having fun with the giraffes.

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How to get there:

You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.

Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.







  • Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan.  Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
  • InternationalATMs are really hard to find; more so if you aren’t in a big city. Many places in Japan do not use credit cards.TakecashandcallyourbanktoaskwhatATMs or banks in Japan will work with your cash card.
    • ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
  • You can get a Japan Railway, pass which saves you a lot of money on the trains, but you can only buy it before you get to Japan and you cannot be a resident of Japan. (I don’t have more information about it because I’ve only ever lived in Japan. I’ve never been a tourist.)

African Safari Wildlife Park

How to get there:

  • 33°21’02.8″N 131°24’51.1″E

From Oita by car –

Take route 10 heading to Beppu. Turn left onto route 500.

After you pass the Hells, you will see signs to Africa Safari writen in Romaji (Roman Letters). Just follow the signs.


〒872-0722 大分県宇佐市安心院町南畑2-1755-1


  • 0978 (48) 2331




  • 2,300YEN
  • You can get a 200YEN discount per ticket if you buy your ticket at Lawson.
  • 1,000YEN to ride the Jungle Bus and feed the animals.
  • 500YEN to hold baby lions or tigers.


  • Check Website
  • The available time for holding baby tigers and/ or lions ends earlier than the times for the park itself.


  • Parking is Free.
  • You can drive your own car in to where all the wild animal are, but you would have to be crazy to do that with a k-car. (Your average rhino is bigger than a k-car.)



One Response to “I Want to Hold a Baby Tiger”

  1. Sara K said

    Hi there!!
    I’ve actually started reading Mark’s blog a few days ago and now I’ve come as far as here. And wanted to congratulate you guys!!! Although you got married two years ago. And you not knowing who I am and all must be weird, but you probably get that alot. Just so happy for you guys:) I love you guys’ blogs!!! You guys really know how to have fun! I really enjoy reading them!!
    Sara K
    Narita, Chiba


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