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Maruyama Zoo, Sapporo

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Stroll through the quaint Maruyama Zoo, with enclosures designed to help you get up close to more than 184 species in the park. Despite its relatively small size, you can see many animal favorites, such as bears, chimpanzees, wolves, and various big cat species at the zoo. Winter serves as the most spectacular time to visit, with thick layers of snow helping the snow leopards, penguins, and polar bears feel at home. Kids will have a ball at the petting zoos, with plenty of farm animals and even kangaroos to meet. Add Maruyama Zoo to your Sapporo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sapporo trip itinerary builder.
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  • Nicely laid out zoo with all kinds of animals and .. its actually free for kids ..the giraffe exhibit was particularly nice and do not forget the play area at the west end  more »
  • We visited Maruyama Zoo during winter on January. the Biggest zoo in Sapporo. They have a mini cafe, souvenirs shop near the entrance. Many animals to see here, we spent like 2 hours walking around. I...  more »
  • I always had an image of Maruyama Zoo being a small little attraction in the shadow of Asahiyama, but it holds its own! It's definitely much larger than it appears. In particular, a lot of the exhibit...  more »
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  • This is a great zoo for taking pictures. It is fun seeing animals being active in the snow. Unfortunately I think many of the animals are unhappy and so they pace in circles all day. The wolves, red pandas, main tiger, and raccoon all seemed in need of more stimulation or company. You can get very close to the animals which is good for pictures but I think is a stress to the animals. Many zoos in Japan are small and this one seems better than the average for its treatment of animals.
  • There are many animals arranged in zones. Suitable for children to visit. People are not crowded
  • Even though there was a slight lack of activity due to the off-season weather, we still had an excellent time at this zoo. Some of the animals were a bit isolated due to temperature considerations, but the polar bears were super comfortable in the snow. In particular I found the reptile house excellent.
  • ★4.5 The zoo was great. They have so many animals to see. It was a great way to spend an before noon.
  • Well organized. Really love the Red Panda room where you can watch it walking around above you.