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Maruyama Zoo, Sapporo

3.9
#2 of 15 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hokkaido
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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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  • Visited the zoo during late winter and with sapporo snowfall the park leading to the zoo transformed into a winter wilderness with locals walking thier dog... It's a sight to behold especially those c...  more »
  • The Polar bear family (3) can be visited in Sapporo, and many types of monkey/gorilla, carved, wolves, even hippo and penguins, this zoo actually is quite big. But I would say please skip the gorillas...  more »
  • A proper zoo is designed to marry form and function, the function of showcasing live animals with the form of a beautiful habitat healthy for animals and awe-inspiring for human guests. Out of the man...  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.
  • 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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