Fox Village in Zao

A place of magic in the mountains of Miyagi

 By Justin Velgus   Aug 17, 2014

Zao Kitsune Mura is a village full of free roaming foxes deep in the mountains of Miyagi. My visit happened to be on a foggy day, no problem as it suited the mystical aura foxes carry  in Japanese mythology. The foxes are tame, but still semi wild. Don't touch them and think twice about bringing very young children. Follow the tori gates in the village to the Inari shrine. Foxes are messengers of the deity Inari, so you may want to bribe the messengers by giving them some fox food which can be purchased upon entry. 

There are several other animal species at the fox village, particularly a large bunny petting zoo. A restaurant and gift shop are also on the premises.  

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Photography by Justin Velgus
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Jasper Wilkins a year ago
This seems like a very interesting place!
Lookjunn Chuthamas 2 years ago
How to get to the village?
Lookjunn Chuthamas 2 years ago
How to get to the village?
Lookjunn Chuthamas 2 years ago
How to get to the village?
Daniel Chua 2 years ago
So cool. But the fox seems to be quite ferocious.
Justin Velgus Photographer 2 years ago
The more unpredicatable foxes are in pens and only the ones used to humans are in the main area. If you keep walking and don't bother the animals, there is usually nothing to worry about.