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Maruyama Zoo

Miyagaoka 3 Banchi 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0959, Japan
+81 11-621-1426
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Ranked #6 of 135 Attractions in Sapporo
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Owner description: An amusement park and penguin pool make this zoo a popular spot for children.

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New York
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This zoo is simply depressing. The overwhelming majority of the animals live in their cages alone with no chance to socialize. They sleep all day and some of them, such as a leopard that paces back and forth in his cage, are visibly mentally ill. Additionally, some of the animals should not be kept in zoos at all! An eagle... More

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Bellevue, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

First of all this is Japan. Do not expect a huge zoo like the one in San Diego. Property are expensive/ sparse and the zoo here is no exception. I was surprised how inexpensive it was for the entree fee. The parking was ample and only cost 700yen. My girls are 7 and 5 and grandma in tow, it was... More

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Nagoya, Japan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Currently a lot of construction work ongoing and also a lot of empty cages. Did enjoy the polar bears!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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138 reviews 138 reviews
109 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I was appalled and almost embarrassed to have paid money to a zoo that had painted concrete waist deep pools for their seals to swim in. BUT they are doing some fantastic remodeling so you can only hope your money spent there means something better in the future for the animals.

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Niseko-cho, Japan
3 reviews 3 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

They have the tiniest cages, and the worst conditions. Especially coming from Australia and knowing how our native animals are supposed to live, seeing Kangaroos in cages was truly upsetting. We also saw big animals such as lions, gorillas, bears, and hippos pacing their cage - as if they were extremely agitated. The ONLY good thing was that we saw... More

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Ohakune, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We thought it would be quite nice to see the animals in the snow. It is not a large zoo and the cost was only ¥600 However it is very run down and the poor animals have terrible cages very very small and very poor facilities. They only have room to pace in a very small area and looked very... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Not a veyr big zoo, but big enough for us to walk through the thick snow. The timber woods wolves are beautiful, the children zoo is fun with goose and squirrels running around. the sheeps are too shy to run away from us. Some rainforest/tropical animals are miserable as they are kept indoors due to the cold temperatures Great to... More

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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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12 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Very small zoo. Although small, there r many details the the zoo has thought about to keep kids interested. Very beautiful grounds and friendly staff. We took the Maruyama Zoo train (only operates on weekends and holidays/ summer vacation) which was a wonderful experience for the kids.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Polar bear twin babies are now displayed at Maruyama Zoo. They are running around inside their playground. So cute! While we were there, cubs cried for milk, and their Mum decided to breast-feed them. You can also enjoy woolves, penguins, monkeys, etc. The access from Center of Sapporo City was easy. Plenty of cute polar bear toys were sold in... More

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Sapporo, Japan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

For the most part, it's a pretty alright zoo. But for SOME animals, I think it's pretty cruel. Especially the 'tropical' animals such as the giraffes, hippos, lions etc. They're in unbelievably tiny cages that barely give them any room to move around at all, and they look pretty depressed. From the pictures, it seems like they might also be... More

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