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旭川市旭山動物園 Asahiyama Zoo

  • Entertainment (Zoo / Aquarium / Botanical Gardens)
  • Around Asahikawa and Daisetsuzan
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  • ClosedDecember 30-January 3

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District
Around Asahikawa and Daisetsuzan
Address
Higashiasahikawacho Kuranuma, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido 078-8205, Japan
Category
  • Entertainment (Zoo / Aquarium / Botanical Gardens)
Closed
December 30-January 3
Website
http://www5.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp/asahiyamazoo/
Tel.
+81-166-36-1104
Date of post:2015/07/09

Japan's northernmost zoo

  • Animal Appreciation

Asahiyama Zoo is one of the most popular tourist sites in Hokkaido. Although Asahiyama is the northernmost zoo in Japan, it attracted the third highest number of visitors after Ueno Zoo in Tokyo and Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya in 2010.

After its opening in 1967, it was almost closed due to the death of two animals by an endemic disease in 1994. The zoo staff then thought deeply of measures for recovery and planed a scheme of construction for interactive animal viewing facilities. They would show the real activities and lives of the animals instead of showing them in a cage not adapted to their needs. This measure started with Totori’s Village where visitors were able to see birds flying freely in an enormous cage in 1997. After this success, the construction of facilities based on interacting with the animals led to an increase of visitors to the zoo.

Among about 30 facilities, I recommend three must-see facilities : the seal house, the penguin house and the polar bear house.
In the seal house you will be surprised that the seals go up through the marine way which is a transparent vertical cylindrical pipe. You can observe how the seals swim, and the seal can see how people observe them.
In the penguin house, there is a transparent tunnel under the aquarium where the penguins fly in the water at very high speed.
In the polar bear house, you can see the big polar bears jumping into the pool and walking around.

The animals living in the Northern area are more active during the winter. For example, the most popular attraction in the winter among children is the penguins walk, twice a day! This is also one of the interactive animal viewing programs, penguins need a walk to stay energized during the winter.

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