Mother’s Farm

One day I Googled “alpacas in Japan,” and this place popped up. There’s another farm in Tochigi Prefecture that is just an alpaca farm with hundreds of alpacas, but it is about two hours away by local train. I will have to go there some other day. Mother’s Farm is in Chiba, and is only a little over an hour away. They not only have alpacas, but animal shows, good food, flower fields, and other events. ある日グーグルで「日本のアルパカ」を調べて、この所を見つけました。他の栃木県に位置するアルパカの牧場がありますが、各駅停車で2時間かかってちょっと遠いので、いつか別の日に行きます。千葉県に位置するマザー牧場は家から1時間ぐらいかかります。アルパカ以外に、動物の展示、花畑、他の活動もあります。

I went with a friend from college and met her at Kisarazu Station. From there, there is a bus that takes you to the farm for 870¥. There’s a free bus from Kimitsu Station, the next stop over, but it arrives a bit too late. The bus is like 20 or 30 minutes. 大学の友達と一緒に行き、木更津駅で会って、そこから牧場に連れて行く870円のバズに乗りました。君津駅に無料バズがありますが、ご到着はちょっと遅いので、木更津のバスにしました。牧場まで20~30分ぐらいです。

The entrance fee was about 1400¥ on the weekend, and the tour was another 1400¥. I’m really glad we did the tour because that’s the only way you can see the alpacas. The tour shows you other things, like cows, various barn animals, etc. You get to ride in a cow tram pulled by a tractor. All the workers are super friendly and excited. 土日大人の入場料は1400円、ツアーも1400円です。ツアーだけでアルパカを出会えるから、ツアーをして良かったです。牛、家畜、他の動物も見られ、トラクターが引かれる牛のテーマの路面電車に乗ります。ガイドさんは皆んな元気で優しいです。

My favorite part of the tour was obviously feeding the alpacas. You can also feed sheep, but they are so aggressive. I tried to pet the alpacas and take a selfie with them, but they were just focused on eating the food. They were all shaved and not as cute as when they are fluffy. I will have to come back in the winter when they have their fur. 一番好きな活動はアルパカに餌をやることです。羊も餌をやれますが、攻撃的です。アルパカを触って一緒にセルフィをしてみましたが、食べ物だけを集中したので、できませんでした。全部毛をそられ、ふわふわより可愛くないから、毛がある雪に戻りたいと思っています。

Another cool part about the tour is that you can see a live herding. The tour guide calls upon a dog and the dog herds the sheep. It was so funny because the sheep wouldn’t go to the back of the crate, so some of the sheep couldn’t get all the way in. I think there is also one alpaca that is a herder, but on our tour we only got to see the dog. That alpaca is fluffy because I don’t think they use its fur for anything. 他の楽しいもの牧畜です。ガイドさんは牧畜犬を呼んで、羊を集めます。羊は木箱の後部に入らなくて、ある羊が集められませんでした。一匹の牧畜アルパカがいますが、このツアーには犬だけが使われました。あのアルパカはまだ毛があり、毛を何もに使わないのです。

After the tour we had a small lunch. The food is kind of expensive, but it is really good. There are a lot of barbecue restaurants that serves meat that are from their own cows. We ate at a normal restaurant and I had curry with rice shaped like an alpaca. ツアーの後、朝食を食べました。食べ物はちょっと高いけど、とても美味しいと思います。多くの牧場からの肉を盛るバーベキューのレストランがあります。普通のレストランで食べて、アルパカ形のご飯のカレーを食べました。

There is so much to do at this farm. It seems like a farm amusement park, but it is also educational. There are hamster balls, craft making classes, bungy jump, etc. just to name a few. I want to do more activities the next time I come here. マザー牧場ではたくさんの活動ができますよ。牧場のアミューズメントパークみたいと思いますが、教育的です。人間のハムスターボール、芸術の授業、バンジージャンプなどもできます。次回違う活動をしたいと思っています。

Another reason I wanted to come was because of the flower fields that remind me of Hokkaido. Apparently there are also yellow flower fields, but we didn’t see them. Next time! もう一つの行きたかった理由は北海道のような花畑です。黄色い花畑もあるそうですが、見ませんでした。次回!

There are a lot of activities geared towards kids obviously, but we enjoyed ourselves so much. One place that is very kid-friendly is the petting zoo. You can up close with wallabies, tortoises, sheep, and capybara. The capybara was walking around like it owned the place. Actually, I think it was trying to escape. It was so cute and I got to pet it! たくさんの子供を対象している活動がありますが、大人でもすごく楽しかったです。ふれあい動物園ではワラビー、カメ、羊、カピバラをよく触ることができます。一匹のカピバラは主人顔で歩き回って、逃げたがっていました。とても可愛い!

The last activity we did was rabbit and guinea pig petting. You line up to go into a room and they give you a towel and gloves. You can choose what whether you want a rabbit or a guinea pig and you just sit on a bench at pet it. It is so relaxing and the animals are so calm. I wonder if they like being pet all day… 最後の活動は兎とモルモットのだっこでした。順番で並んで、タオルと手袋をもらいます。兎かモルモットを選んで、座っているままで触ります。すごくリラックスという感じです。動物が一日中触れるのが好きなかなと思います。

It looks like GiGi! All animals hold out their arms like that when I carry them. ジジちゃんと似ていますね。このように運んだ時、全部の動物がそのままポーズします。

I had an amazing time and I’m going to make my new study abroad friends come with me in the winter. Thanks for reading! 楽しくて、留学する時新しい友達にマザー牧場に絶対に行かせます!


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