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Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa

4.4
#1 of 23 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hokkaido
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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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  • We went solely for the penguin parade. It was the highlight of this little zoo. However, everything else was downhill from there. Big animals in small enclosures. Deers next to wolves. Rabbits in... 
    We went solely for the penguin parade. It was the highlight of this little zoo. However, everything else was downhill from there. Big animals in small enclosures. Deers next to wolves. Rabbits in...  more »
  • Came via JR train to Asahikawa, a trip of more or less two hours (our mistake was we left late). We took a taxi from the train station to the zoo (would have been cheaper to take the bus, only about.....  more
    Came via JR train to Asahikawa, a trip of more or less two hours (our mistake was we left late). We took a taxi from the train station to the zoo (would have been cheaper to take the bus, only about.....  more »
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  • I have been to many popular zoos across different countries and there is something very interesting about this zoo which I rated 5-star. Perhaps the entrance and the overall layout of the zoo might not seem appealing but there are animals here that are worth seeing! Opened in 1967, the highlight of the zoo is the very adorable huge penguins. There were so many of them and it was such a great experience to be able to see them up close. There were other interesting animals in the zoo such as the seals, polar bear, the underwater hippopotamus, and many more! I strongly recommend paying a visit to this zoo despite some not-so-good reviews about the zoo.
  • One of the best zoos I've ever visited. We (2 adults) had a great time walking around the exhibits during January winter even though it was quite cold. Most of the exhibits had an indoor area which offered a brief respite from the cold. Parking was easy and the grounds staff maintained the pathways well. We went on a Monday morning and it was quiet with no wait to buy tickets. The zoo has some unique animals including polar bears, red pandas, snowy owl, arctic fox, snow leopard, lion cubs, wolves, reindeer, and our favourite, the Pallas' cat! We managed to see a few feeding times (signs with times at the exhibit) and without understanding Japanese they were still entertaining for us.

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