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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 #14 of 160 attractions in Sapporo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
Description: An amusement park and penguin pool make this zoo a popular spot for children.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
63 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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Penang, Malaysia
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

The zoo is basically well zoning whereby you will not feel tired of walking if you follow the route. Besides, solar power and snow are used in maintaining the room temperature which I was very impressed. I like their designing in viewing the animals too. Different point of views such as side view, front view, back and bottom view from... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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214 reviews 214 reviews
49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Physically, the animals all appeared to be in very good condition, and this zoo had a focus on research and zoological studies, etc. But the enclosures (if they can be called that), for most of the animals were incredibly small and very 19th century in design. The monkey house was TINY, with only a small amount of space for each... More

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

It is more than 20 minutes' walk from the Maruyama Station. The zoo does not have many big animals, like elephant. Tigers and bears are not active, may be it was too hot for them in summer. The zoo would be more suitable for kids. It is less attractive for adults. If you really have no other place to go,... More

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