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Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.4/5 based on 1,800 reviews on the web
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. Put Asahiyama Zoo at the forefront of your travel plans using our Asahikawa vacation route planner.
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  • Swim, jump to the polar bear is like Aquarium tank is powerful. Our seals swim to the top and bottom circular tanks is very graceful. Penguins garden walkway in a group they were funny.
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  • Finally came the buzz Zoo (lol ornamental as you buzz past animals and inspiring. If you are enjoying the day to day care and hand-packed Park is more familiar with, sincere love of animals. Showed big giraffe face-to-bliss-, kindergarten children came exactly Park's excited had cute. Notice and would rejoice in a loud voice as they would their own.
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  • Very interesting zoo with specific type of animals which are available in cold countries, such as polar bear, penguin, seal, snow owl and etc. You can get a glance of Asahikawa city here. 
  • How to get there: You can get there from Asahikawa station using Bus straight to the Zoo. Takes about 40 Minutes. Our goal coming to this zoo was to see the famous Penguin Walk that runs daily (please check dates) 11am and 2:30 pm. Definitely a must see of the zoo. We had a great time at the zoo, maybe we are lucky because most of the animals are actually active and moving instead sleeping the whole time. Be prepare to spend about 3 - 5 hours here.
  • Asahikawa Zoo is quite easily accessible by bus from Asahikawa Station. There is a bus stop just outside the station and 3 buses go to the zoo; so don't panic if You can't qet onto the bus. Just wait for the next one.. The highlight of the zoo is the twice daily penguin walk; the morning session starts at 11am, there's no need to rush to the front, the walk lasts pretty long and stretches across a long distance, just grab a comfortable spot with your camera. It's quite amusing to see the penguins waddle up close. Although the zoo isn't that huge, there are fair mix of varietyof animals and the enclosures bring you pretty close to the animals. Overall I would say it's worth to come and catch the penguin walk and come up close to the rest of the animals. Covering the entire zoo took about 3 hours.
  • Small but lovely zoo with a great selection of animals that look well fed and well taken care of. Coming in wintertime was a particular highlight as we got to see Artic animals in the natural environment! Also, you get to watch the march of the emperor penguins, catch seals popping their heads out from holes in the ice, and see the polar bear frolick in the snow. A lot of variety including a few exhibits entirely dedicated to native Hokkaido fauna.
  • Well fed animals. In winter arctic animals can be seen in their natural environment. Emperor penguins are treat to eyes.
  • July visit. 820 yen for 1 adult. You can get a year pass which is it worth it if you go at least twice. If I had the chance, I might come back to see what it's like in the winter. Didn't quite live up to my expectations, but it's probably a good sized zoo for entertaining children for a good half day or more. Some innovative observation areas like the polar bear, penguin, and hippo exhibits where you can see the animals from the side and below through the glass. The lines to see some of the exhibits are almost overrated but if you can go when there aren't as many people, you might as well go. Overall the facility looks like it hasn't been updated for a decade. The signs are all hand written which may be intentional but to me it looked unprofessional. Also no English explanations for those who don't read Japanese. My favorite animal being the monkey, I enjoyed the monkey mountain exhibit the best because they are pretty active, there are a bunch of them, and often come right up against the glass. I got the feeling that there were a lot of animals squeezed together in small areas though. I hear winter is the best time to visit this zoo because they let the penguins walk around the park which must be pretty adorable. I prefer the Taipei Taiwan zoo for its naturalistic setting and the animals looking like they belong more.
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