On the way up the mountain earlier that day, we saw a colorful sign on the side of the road for a “Doggy Park” featuring a small white cartoon dog reminiscent of Snoopy. Driving back down Mount Fuji, we decided to stop for a couple of minutes to see what is was.
I pulled the car up to the front entrance and we saw this:
That’s right, THERE ARE VENDING MACHINES EVERYWHERE IN JAPAN. That, and there was a Doggy Park. I took a photo of the sign showing the park map:
It is, apparently, a theme park where you can take you dog for the day located at the base of Mount Fuji… or so I thought. I did some online research and found this: http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/spot/info_e.php?ca_id=2&if_id=382
From what i can tell, it’s actually a theme park where you hang out with the dogs they have there AND bring your own dog. Snazzy!
230 beautiful dogs (70 different kinds) are lined up. “Dog Rental” and “Fureai (Petting) House” provide an opportunity to play with your favorite dogs. And also your doggy can enter the park with you. The park has total of 9 dog runs (including special one only for small dogs or for big dogs) so that you can let your dog play freely without lead. Dog shows are performed every day. A variety of attractions, including Jumbo slide, SL forest train, and merry-go-round are available.
ANYWAY, we trekked on back down towards Fuji-Q Highland theme park.
Before going up the mountain earlier that day, though, we had stopped at the Visitors Center. Prior to leaving, Shannon made sure to use the restroom. She couldn’t help herself and snapped some photos of the Japanese style bathrooms…
Not sure what to do? That’s okay. The Japanese have instructions for everything posted almost everywhere:
In the end, Shannon opted to use the stall with this sign:
NEXT UP: Fuji-Q Highland theme park.