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Noboribetsu Bear Park, Noboribetsu

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Meet the inhabitants of Noboribetsu Bear Park, an animal observation facility located at the summit of the mountain. Separated by age and sex, the 200 brown bears here have been raised in the facility, with the institution growing from a population of just eight in 1958. Head into the "cage for humans" to see the bears from their own perspective, and feed them salmon and meatballs, which you can buy on site. A museum reveals the history of brown bears on the island, their behavior in the wild, and their cultural importance to the indigenous population. Plan your visit to Noboribetsu Bear Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Noboribetsu tourist route planner.
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  • Nothing much to do, we go to buy some food to feed the bears and watch them beg for more food. I hope that the bears are well taken care of and are happy.  more »
  • I observed from the "tunnel" and the food. Overwhelmed by the bear's size and power. "Outdoors" was that melt into the bear's "pseudo human' aspect.
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  • With my parents to see, there are no tours of a large number of people, are self drive tours, air is very good, you can buy some biscuits to feed, when you see your cookies will give you bowed, you throw at it cookie, it will open the big mouth and ate the cookies into my mouth, very suitable for bringing their children to the local
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  • Cute bears there. Asking for cookies with many kinds of cute tricks such as waving hands or put it's both hands together to beg for cookie. And they have nice skill of catching cookie. 熊超可愛的 會揮手、拜託求餅乾
  • Bears were crammed into a small concrete enclosure and looked very stressed. There are way too many bears there. Yes, you will see bears, but if you are empathetic, you will wish you hadn't.
  • Very interesting animal Park, unfortunately we missed some of the exhibits and events due to weather. Price is a little steep compared to most zoos/similar, but it includes a gondola ride into the mountains with a beautiful view of the canyon community of Noboribetsu.
  • Highly not recommended. Felt so sad when looking at the bear begging and fighting for food.
  • A fun place for kids. Up close to the bears

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Where to stay in Noboribetsu

The majority of places to stay in Noboribetsu lie inland, to the north of the main train station. Close to the hot springs and the volcanic valley, accommodations lie on all the streets across the modest urban area of the resort town. Many people see staying in traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) as part of the experience, but some more modern hotels can be found across town, too. Visitors primarily look to find an option with onsite "onsen" (traditional Japanese hot spring spas), although you can always arrange a visit to one if not.
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