Maruyama Zoo , about 3km west of the center of Sapporo, is part of Maruyama Park involving primeval forests. The zoo displays some 180 species and has indoor viewing facilities, making it "a comfortable spot both in summer and winter."
Active renovation is going on and new facilities specializing in Asia and reptiles and amphibians are recently added. The zoo has been quite successful in nurturing polar bears and other rare species, and you can see different new-born babies every year. The zoo offers a daily tour to show and experience animal feeding.
Airport/Sta.New Chitose Airport (about 42.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0in the last week
Quite like this zoo located in the east of Sapporo. Despite its small size, it has quite a lot of different animal species and most of them has indoor resting/sleeping area and outdoor exercising area.
The newly just re-opened elephant enclosure was closed when I went last week, but saw on the news that it has indoor viewing area with huge glass panels to see elephant swimming... Such a spectacular scene.
Go there on a weekday early morning to avoid crowd.
5.0in the last week
We recommend this place when compare to the fukuoka and osaka zoo. The tourist can be close to the animal you love. It's a beautiful view of the park. Only 600 yen for adult. The high light of zoo is red panda and polar bear. By the way, soft cream so delicious.
5.0a month ago
This park was amazing and fun. I’d highly recommend seeing this place while visiting Hokkaido. And in the winter there is a ice skating rink right outside one of the exits.
5.03 months ago
Honestly loved this zoo, it was really fun.
The zoo is quite large. Though not the biggest I've been to, it still allows you to walk out satisfied.
Entrance fees were rather cheap, kids go in for free whilst adults pay around 600 yen each. I found it a bit low so I bought some food/souvenirs to help it out even a tiny bit.
Food was quite good, especially liked the doughnuts/churros!
As for the animals, we were specifically looking for the red pandas. They were really cute and quite active. There's an indoor area for the red pandas where they are literally walking over your heads.
Other animal exhibits that were interesting are the polar bears, monkeys, birds, otters, tigers, snow leopards etc.
The petting zoo (aka children's zoo) wasn't much as you could really only pet the sheep, but other animals you could look at are the guinea pigs, beavers, prairie dogs, raccoon dogs, hare, squirrels etc.
I overall really enjoyed it there, it was quite clean and though the habitats for the animals weren't the largest, they weren't the smallest either.
2.03 months ago
The zoo was extensive with plentiful opportunities to interact with animals through the exhibit and through a petting area. But it is hard to ignore the obvious conditioning the animals are subjected to and the quality of the cages. Entrance fee is cheap and can be easily walked to from Maruyama Park. It would be a good trip for parents with children. However, products in the souvenir shop were of questionable quality such as the overpriced phone case which was stuck together with double sided tape. Be cautious of what you purchase.