Asahiyama Zoo

Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa: Hours, Address, Asahiyama Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Asahiyama Zoo
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Suyo Wong
Jakarta, Indonesia658 contributions
Penguin Parade
Feb 2020
This is a great zoo ! their famous penguin parade, check their penguin parade schedule. The zoo collection is educable and take care well by the staff.

I like the way the decorated the ice when winter, I visited Asahiyama Zoo last Feb 2020 when the snow in the top.

however, check their penguin parade schedule.
Written 18 December 2020
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan1,995 contributions
Zoo where you can enjoy the animals and the changing of the seasons in the park
Nov 2019
様々な動物を観察できるだけでなく、園内の季節の移り変わりも含めて楽しむことが出来る、動物園と言えば、真っ先に思い浮かべる動物園でしょう。特に降り頻る雪の中でも活発に動き回る動物を観察できるのは貴重な体験と言えます。
大型だったり、他ではあまり見られないような動物が多いため、触れ合える機会が持てるエリアはそう多くありませんが、広めに誂えた区域の中で悠然と過ごしたり、まず見ることのない脚の裏が見えるしかけだったり、見どころ満載です。飼育係の手作りの掲示物や近隣の大学との共同研究の発表の場もあり、単に動物を展示するだけでなく動物を飼育することの苦労や死生観に触れる機会も多いことが魅力的だと思います。
旭川に観光に来た際は、まず行っておきたいスポットの一つだと思います。

You can not only observe a variety of animals, but also enjoy the changing seasons in the zoo. There are very few zoos where you can observe animals that are active, especially in snowy weather. This zoo will provide a valuable experience, especially in winter.
The animals on display are large, temperamental and rare, so you won't have many opportunities to directly interact with them. I think that's why that zoo is putting so much effort into those displays. It's not every day you get a chance to see the soles of a snow leopard's feet!
There are not just inorganic animal descriptions, but also homemade descriptions made by the keepers. Collaborative research reports with students from nearby universities are also displayed, giving you an insight into the hardships and view of life and death of raising these animals.
If you go to Asahikawa as a tourist, this is one of the places you must visit at least once!
Written 15 October 2020
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LoveKihei
Kawasaki, Japan6 contributions
A great zoo that’s punching above its belt
Sep 2020 • Family
Asahikawa Zoo puts tremendous thought and effort into its conservation efforts and educating visitors about the importance of living with nature. It’s not the biggest zoo, most certainly not he best funded (you won’t see giant pandas and other expensive animals here) but you could easily tell how much the zoo cares about the animals. From the handwritten signs to the regular talks throughout the day (in Japanese only), it continues to punch above its belt and being one of the most visited zoos in Japan. Visiting in the summer and winter is also a completely different experience.
Written 19 September 2020
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Ethel the Aardvark
Hong Kong, China84 contributions
Shocking
Aug 2020 • Family
If you are the sort of person who likes seeing large animals locked into tiny cages, taunted by screaming tourists, this is the place for you.
Lions, tigers, polar bears and other animals are either pacing up and down their concrete and steel enclosres, driven insane by their terrible prisons, or they lie semi-comstose waiting for the sweet relief of death.

My children started crying and wanting to set them free, and we left after ten minutes.

This is a terrible, terrible place and it is a disgrace that it hasn’t been shut down. How anyone can give this hellhole good reviews is beyond me.
Written 9 August 2020
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Chris S
Kyoto, Japan2 contributions
A sad and shameful place
Aug 2020
The animals were often unable to hide from the direct hot sun, many were panting and their skin looked sore and dry. This was like a zoo from 50 years ago. Little awareness of habitat and space. Rebuild the whole facility. An animal prison.
Written 3 August 2020
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David Chandras
1 contribution
Fun concept, horrible conditions
Mar 2020
A friend and I were drawn to this zoo in winter because of the diversity of animals, unique views and of course, the penguin parade. However what we found was that most of the animals had very little stimulation, little privacy from view, and were showing a lot of stereotypical (stressful) behaviours. The saddest part was seeing the majestic polar bear pacing back and forth, twisting its neck in the air out of pure boredom. I am not against the concept of zoos, but the zoo really needs to provide more forms of enrichment, proper hiding spaces (i.e. dens, trees) and more space for larger animals like bears and big cats. If you do go, please consider speaking to someone there about this!
Written 23 May 2020
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Shirin S
Singapore, Singapore206 contributions
Penguins are the star attraction
Jan 2020 • Couples
The zoo was easy to get to from asahikawa - only a 45 min journey on the public bus. Reached about 11am and 4 hours is just a right amount of time to explore the zoo at a comfortable pace. Animals looked happy (except the monkeys...) but definitely would recommend it just for the penguin walk, which was adorable and happens twice a day. I went to this zoo in summer and I would say visiting in winter was definitely more enjoyable. Worth a visit if in Central hokkaido!
Written 1 March 2020
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DomiTorreto
188 contributions
Visited the Zoo because of the king penguins
Feb 2020
Went there to see the king penguins in real. That was nice to see, they can walk along under guidance and to see that we have been there.
The rest of the animals you see is interesting but I don’t agree with how they are holded and I‘m not sure if they realy live healthy.
Written 24 February 2020
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jelita78
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia31 contributions
Worth the entrance fee ¥820
Feb 2020
Went on 8th Feb, winter trip special to see all the winter animals. To all visitors, please come early for the most anticipated "penguin walk" show.. there's only one show in the morning, 9am if i am not mistaken. and another one in the afternoon, 2.30pm. Polar bear kinda surprises me as there is only a single bear exist. so does the furry cat. only one in the cage. Because it was snowing, the pathway were all covered in snow and zoo looked absolutely magical. Was lacking some information and directions to the free shuttle bus to the asahikawa winter festival, had to run chasing after the bus on the road. Maybe next time Zoo can be more accommodating towards this.
Written 18 February 2020
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Hayley Fairweather
Seend, UK21 contributions
More like a prison..
Feb 2020 • Couples
Asahiyama zoo haven't a clue how to take care of their animals and it is shockingly clear that they are only there for the visitors to gawk at. Enclosures are painfully small so people have a better chance of spotting the animals they came to see.

Solitary animals such as the red pandas were kept together, several polar bears were kept in tiny areas where they could smell each other, social animals like the capybara were in a pair in a TINY cell with no real bedding or drinking water, the macquacs were a huge family but in a small enclosure... there was lots of pacing, the enclosures stunk and the chimpanzees were all balding. One had recently been in a fight and was still bleeding.

I am no expert but I have been to enough zoos and animal experiences to understand enough. These animals were miserable and sadly I have contributed by paying to see them.

Avoid at all costs.
Written 6 February 2020
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