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Maruyama Zoo, Sapporo

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#2 of 16 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hokkaido
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Sapporo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Maruyama Zoo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It's not big but enough to explore with interesting and well planned exploration structure. The have far and close up view of the animals and you may also get to touch and stay with some of the animal...  more »
  • Renovating the reptile exhibit facility a few years ago, much better now. Snakes and lizards color look better than before.
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  • 11/23/2017 visit drizzling rains during visits. Could people sparse, laid-back look ❗
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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.
  • If you're an animal lover this is the place you should be. My favourite is the Polar bear cub who wears a basket as a helmet.
  • 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.

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You'll be able to choose from a variety of accommodation options for your stay in Sapporo, including opulent and upscale hotels. Mid-range and high-end establishments line the streets of the city center, while options for the budget-conscious traveler are hostels, guesthouses, and campsites, open from May to November. Lodgings fill up quickly during winter and summer holidays, and especially for the annual Snow Festival in February, so it's advisable to book in advance if you plan to visit at that time.
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