Who doesn't love cuddling and fawning over adorable animals? If you love interacting with friendly animals but don't want to see them cooped up in cages, Japan offers many animal parks and wildlife sanctuaries where the creatures roam free.
Some are secluded islands turned nature parks, home to local animals like cats and rabbits, others are dedicated farms and theme parks offering visitors a safari-like experience. Here you'll find some of the best places in Japan to get up close with animals, from walking amongst the felines on a cat island and bowing with the deer at Nara to feeding adorable capybara and taking a fluffy alpaca on a walk.
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