Zao Fox Village: The Japanese village that’s overrun with, well, foxes!

I have a slight obsession with islands that have been taken over by animals. This all started when I discovered the Japanese island that’s full of rabbits, then continued with the Japanese island that’s been taken over by cats and now I’ve found the village in Japan that’s home to over one hundred foxes. If you’re an animal lover, I think it’s time to book that plane ticket to Japan.

Zao Fox Village

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Zao Fox Village was opened in 1990 and is home to over a hundred free-roaming foxes, including the Japanese red fox, the silver fox (not Philip Schofield, an actual silver fox) and the platinum fox as well.

Zao Fox Village

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Just like the rabbit island and the cat island, the foxes have become quite used to being surrounded by people and are usually pretty friendly, but it’s recommended not to feed the foxes by hand or let any children near them, because they are still wild animals.

Zao Fox Villagee

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Here in the UK, foxes aren’t loved by everyone but in Japan, they are very well thought of, and are actually mentioned in Japanese folklore. They are thought to have magical abilities and super intelligence.

Zao Fox Village

Photo credit: Danny Villeneuve

It is also believe that foxes can turn in to humans once they have reached a certain age. Foxes can duplicate the appearance of a specific person which is normally a beautiful woman, a young girl, or an elderly gentleman.

Zao Fox Village

Photo credit: Danny Villeneuve

I think we can all agree that the fox village sounds like an amazing place, and all the foxes look so darn cute!

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About Helen Winslade

Helen Winslade

My fondest holiday memories so far are from when I travelled to Rome. Once I made it to the hotel, I chucked my bags on the bed and just went out for a walk, and my first stop was a restaurant (naturally, I love food). The food in Italy is amazing. Even if you just have a pizza, it tastes so much better out there. I won’t even go into how much I loved the ice cream because words cannot do it justice.

We went on a lot of tours while we were out there, but the one that stands out has to be Vatican City. It was one of those tours where you didn’t really listen to much of what your tour guide said, because you were too busy looking at everything and taking all the amazing things in. I took pictures of everything, even down to the floor tiles just because I didn’t want to forget anything.

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