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Beppu Safari

A little bit of Africa in Japan at this safari park.

Although it’s best known for its onsen (hot springs), Beppu is also known for having a little piece of Africa that is easily within your grasp.

The African Safari Wildlife Park, just a few miles outside of the city, offers an experience similar to those found in Africa. Rather than strolling around a zoo and observing animals in cages at your own leisure, here you’ll be seated in a fully enclosed vehicle and driven through the park while you watch the animals in their natural habitat. Even more novel is the fact that you’ll be given a pair of tongs and food to feed the animals! Keep in mind that this opportunity only exists if you decide to ride in the park bus. If you opt to drive your own car, you’ll have to keep your windows up and doors closed at all times.

Although the tour is entirely given in Japanese, it’s fun to feed the animals and watch them up close. From being able to come in contact with lions, elephants, giraffes, and more, this is an opportunity that won’t come regularly in Japan.

It’s easy to combine a visit with the Hells of Beppu nearby. The bus from Beppu Station to the safari also stops at Kannawa, where you get off for the start of the Hells tour.

Things To Know

Entrance Fees

¥2500 admission plus extra for the bus tour or for bringing your own car. Packages including the round-trip fare from Beppu Station are available for ¥2700 (Adults) / ¥2150 (Children).

Opening Hours

March 1st to October 31st: 8:30-17:00 / July 18th to August 30th: 8:30 to 20:30 / November 1st to February 28th: 9:30 to 16:00.

How To Get There


Unnamed Road, Ajimumachi Minamihata, Usa-shi, Ōita-ken 872-0722, Japan

By bus

The trip by Kamenoi Bus from Beppu Station costs ¥760 one way. The ride is approximately 45 minutes. You can purchase bus tickets at the Beppu Train Station Travel Centre, the Kamenoi Kitahama Bus Centre, and the Kannawa Information Centre.

Where To Stay

Grand Verde Resort
  • 2-2 Amama, Beppu-shi, Oita, 874-0005 Japan
  • ¥44,000 - ¥88,000
  • 5/5 (14 reviews)
  • 3.3 km
Yufuin Onsen Sanso Shikian
  • 135-7 Yufuincho Tsukawara, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5101 Japan
  • ¥22,500 - ¥73,000
  • 4/5 (551 reviews)
  • 5.9 km
Yufuin Sanso Donguri
  • 4-31 Yufuincho Tsukawara, Yufu-shi, Oita, 879-5101 Japan
  • ¥42,218 - ¥48,840
  • 4.75/5 (82 reviews)
  • 6.1 km
ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa
  • 499-18 Ikanikeisaiganaibaai, Beppu-shi, Oita, 874-0000 Japan
  • ¥69,000 - ¥579,180
  • 4.18/5 (80 reviews)
  • 6.2 km
Morinoyu Resort
  • 1413-13 Tsurumi (Oaza.banchi), Beppu-shi, Oita, 874-0840 Japan
  • ¥15,840 - ¥34,430
  • 4.4/5 (113 reviews)
  • 6.9 km