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Maruyama Zoo

Address: Miyagaoka 3 Banchi 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0959, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 11-621-1426
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Ranked #11 of 180 things to do in Sapporo
Owner description: An amusement park and penguin pool make this zoo a popular spot for children.
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: An amusement park and penguin pool make this zoo a popular spot for children.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This zoo was really fun. It was snowing heavily when I visited the zoo, so I was very pleased to find that all the viewing areas were indoors. Highly recommended!

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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is perhaps due to the timing, but we didn't have a great experience here. Now, we are comparing this zoo to smaller size zoos like Perth for instance, but even that, it's not really up to par. The polar bear wasn't available. All the African animals like Lions were kept in small rooms since it was winter, and the... More 

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New York
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
120 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
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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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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