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Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa

#1 of 21 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hokkaido
Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Enjoy an outing to Asahiyama Zoo, which makes up for its small size in the variety of animal species sheltered there. Wildlife includes penguins, seals, leopards, polar bears, wolves, and red pandas. You can also step into the role of the "prey" at a glass dome, which puts the observer at eye level with wolves and polar bears. For Asahiyama Zoo and beyond, use our Asahikawa day trip planning site to get the most from your Asahikawa vacation.
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  • This is a great zoo ! their famous penguin parade, check their penguin parade schedule. The zoo collection is educable and take care well by the staff. I like the way the decorated the ice when...  more »
  • 様々な動物を観察できるだけでなく、園内の季節の移り変わりも含めて楽しむことが出来る、動物園と言えば、真っ先に思い浮かべる動物園でしょう。特に降り頻る雪の中でも活発に動き回る動物を観察できるのは貴重な体験と言えます。 大型だったり、他ではあまり見られないような動物が多いため、触れ合える機会が持てるエリアはそう多くありませんが、広めに誂えた区域の中で悠然と過ごしたり、まず見ることのない脚の裏が見えるし...  more »
  • I've been now in May and January, and both the spring and winter here are absolutely gorgeous. The animals were much happier in the cold weather of January, so we were able to see them more active. The penguin march was incredibly cute! We ate lunch at the Garden Lion (?) Terrace restaurant, and it was reasonably priced and tasted good. Much cheaper than buying zoo good in the States. Definitely recommend a visit.
  • Nice big zoo, lots of animals to see including some only found in Hokkaido. The famous penguin parade was nice, there were plenty of penguins and they all looked really cute. Be sure to reach 30-15 minutes before the parade though, otherwise it will be hard to find a spot along the route. There are places to eat in the zoo, so don't worry about having to travel back to Asahiyama Station for lunch. ** Some tips when going there ** Getting there was not hard at all, there are signs at Asahiyama Station that lead to the bus that goes to the zoo. I don't quite remember the price of the bus ride, but it probably costs somewhere around ¥100-150. The Zoo only opens from 10:30am to 3:30pm, so try to get there at 10:30am. There is usually a queue for the bus, so if let's say you want to get there at 10:30, plan to reach Asahiyama Station by 9:30am.

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