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Did you know that Japan has Alpacas? Head to Nasu to meet them!

Apart from hot springs, hiking trails, microbreweries and cheesecakes, did you know that Nasu is also home to the largest alpaca farm in Japan? You must visit!

Sharon Alphonso

Sharon Alphonso

Published on 08 Jan, 12:00

If you live in Tokyo and have no plans for the weekend, you should visit Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture. It's a small town in the Kanto region that is popular for its hot springs, hiking trails, microbreweries and cheesecakes. What makes Nasu even more delightful is that it's home to the largest alpaca farm in Japan - The Nasu Alpaca Farm.

If you're driving from Tokyo, it could take you roughly three hours to reach Nasu, and by train, two hours. My husband and I visited Nasu only to meet the fluffy alpacas, and we were elated!

Tell me more about the Nasu Alpaca Farm?

Nasu Alpaca Farm
Nasu Alpaca Farm

It's the first Alpaca farm in Japan. According to their website, they have around 400 alpacas living their best life there. Over here, you not only can meet the alpacas but feed and pet them too! We visited during the rainy season.

Although the weather was cool, the severity of the rains dampened our experience. I recommend visiting the farm during spring or autumn. The farm is wide and spacious, covering an area of 11000m2 in the Nasu plateau. You will have to pay a small entrance fee and additional 500 yen if you wish to spend quality time with alpacas at the petting area.

Can we feed them?

alpaca food pellets from gashapon machine
alpaca food pellets from gashapon machine

Of course, you can! Around the farm, you'll spot many Gashapon machines. You can buy special pellets worth 200 yen and feed your favourite alpaca friends. The alpacas will naturally gravitate to you once they see the food pellets in your hand.

After feeding, show the alpacas your empty palms. This action will indicate that you have no more food for them.

Are there any more Alpaca activities I can do there?

Alpaca petting area
Alpaca petting area

You can feed, pet and walk with them. The farm area is also large and spacious. There is no time limit as such, so you can explore the farm and click plenty of pictures at your leisure.

There's a cosy souvenir shop at the entrance of the farm too! You will find a variety of alpaca-related goods such as postcards, keychains, sweets, paintings and soft toys.

Are there any other Alpaca Farms in Japan?

Alpacas at the Nasu farm
Alpacas at the Nasu farm

Yes! Do check out the Viva Alpaca farm in Hokkaido and Yatsugatake Alpaca farm in Nagano.

Any tips to keep in mind before meeting Alpacas?

selfie with alpaca at the Nasu farm
selfie with alpaca at the Nasu farm

Alpacas may look cute and cuddly, but if you catch them in a foul mood, they could spit on your face! Hence it's best to let them approach you first.

Feed them their favourite pellet treats to build trust. Keep in mind that alpacas don't like to get petted on their head. The back and lower neck area would be a safe place to start.

And last but not least, enjoy your time at the farm! I know you've heard this plenty of times but always remember to sanitize your hands before and after touching the animals. It will keep both of you safe and healthy!

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Sharon Alphonso

Sharon Alphonso

I am a professional writer and digital content creator with seven years of work experience. Creating fun and informative content about Japan brings me great joy. I look forward to making new memories in Japan and sharing my stories with you. Keep an eye out for my articles!

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