Noboribetsu Bear Park3.8
Around 140 brown bears are waiting for you in the park situated on Mt. Shihorei, an elevation of 550m (1800ft) and 7 min by ropeway from Noboribetsu Hot Spring, Hokkaido. You can watch bears walking, playing and eating in enclosures, one of which provide the "human cage" or the protective viewing room directly inside it so that you can see bears up close. You can also learn about the Ainu, an indigenous people of Hokkaido, at a museum and a village where the Ainu life are on display.
Duck races and the squirrel village are also popular among children.
Warm clothes are recommended in the winter.
Location: 224 Noboribetsu Onsen Town, Noboribetsu City, Hokkaido
Airport/Sta.Noboribetsu sta. (about 4.6km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.06 months ago
We two took the tiny cable car. There are only patches of snow on the surface of hills. We were fortunate to witness three deer. I trust they would bring good luck to us. On the way, we saw cable cars occupied by toy bear couple and filled with dried fish. Lovely.
We happened to be the first customers. We ignored the eye contact with a staff sitting in front of a room and decided to tour the museum in order. The order preference made us miss the bear performance.
There were three stories in the museum, demonstrating the evolution of bears and current status. There were also videos of their giving birth and having cataract surgery. The bear's eyesight recovered. What a bear life with respect. aOn the top floor, there's an observation deck. We could see Lake Kuttara, a vast and calm lake on top of another mountain peak. We could have seen the sea if the weather was clear.
Then we went to view the bears. At first, we avoided unnecessary touch with wildlife, then we gave in to their adorable look and bought many biscuits to throw them into their mouth. Sometimes many crows gathered to eat the biscuits; suddenly staff would shoot fireworks into the air to drive them away.
4.08 months ago
Great views and experiences with cute bears. Bears seem well treated. Parts of the park are closed in the winter (squirrel house and ainu village)
3.09 months ago
The park offers a quick way to view the lake and the surrounding mountain peaks. There are live bears in pens and some stuffed ones. A bit tacky for my taste.
5.08 months ago
i’m almost jealous of the bears’ possibly happier existence, being well taken of, fed generously without question, and happy in general~
excellent value for money at 2700 yen, includes the ropeway to the park itself (which is situated atop a mountainous region)
don’t have much pics as they are mostly videos!
1.011 months ago
How sad to see these graceful intelligent creatures locked up in a concrete pit as begging teddy bears. Such spectacles are pitiful and show zero respect or understanding for animals. What a shame..