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Maruyama Zoo, Sapporo

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#2 of 15 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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  • September 30, 2017
    Many think only zoo, which a child like amusement rides and weight I went there more animals. The hilly terrain of the mountain lot located is a gentle slope.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Little steps from the subway station, but animals to see her again in the near the level of satisfaction was high. Particularly the Red Panda is so cute. Was very helpful.
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  • September 29, 2017
    It was Maruyama animals located in Sapporo city of Asahikawa Zoo became famous from the national enemy, but really good. Surrounded by what society and deliberate forest come to Hokkaido, but I could feel I.
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  • February 10, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    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.
  • May 18, 2017
    There are many animals arranged in zones. Suitable for children to visit. People are not crowded
  • February 22, 2017
    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.
  • March 24, 2017
    ★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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