Asahiyama Zoo Tours

Japan’s northernmost zoo is also among the most popular, thanks to its well-managed enclosures designed to exhibit natural animal behaviors rather than just the animals themselves. The zoo is home to more than 800 animal residents representing some 150 species, but the crowd favorites tend to be those hailing from the poles: polar bears and penguins.

A glass tunnel through the penguin enclosure allows visitors to see the aquatic birds “in flight” through the water, while a vertical underwater pipe for the spotted seal shows off the diving skills of this mammal. Both the polar bear and wolf enclosures have pop-up plexiglass domes that allow for viewing the animals from within the enclosures themselves.

Practical Info

Buses 41, 42 and 47 depart from Asahikawa Station twice per hour. The trip to the zoo entrance takes about 40 minutes.
Address: Kuranuma Higashi Asahikawacho, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Hours: April to October 9:30am to 5:15pm; October to November 9:30am to 4:30pm; December to April 10:30am to 3:30pm
Admission: 820 yen
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Winter Tour: Visit Asahiyama Zoo, Aoi-Ike and Shirohige Falls Light Shows

Travel by bus from Sapporo to Asahikawa and Biei to take in three popular winter attractions without the hassle of finding tickets and driving. See the ‘penguin parade’ and other animals at Asahiyama Zoo, then head to scenic Aoi-Ike (Blue Pond), and catch the light show at Shirahige Falls. Have time to take photos and enjoy the spectacular scenery before your bus returns you to Sapporo in the evening.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours

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