Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

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Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
3.5
Gardens • Playgrounds
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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lowbk
Singapore, Singapore120 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The main attraction seems to be the monkeys instead of the plants. Visitors are allowed to feed the monkeys and the monkeys are accustomed to having people throwing bread crumbs to them. The monkeys are kept in a safety distance away from visitors so no worry about people hurting animals or vice versa. The monkeys are kept in a small area, not cage, where they are able to run around.

As for the plants it is a small green house with some variety of plants and flowers.
Written January 1, 2020
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UKMadcow
Harrow, UK3 contributions
Feb 2020
At the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, there are some nice and interesting plants and a few small amphibians. Aside from that, the onsen monkeys was the highlight of the visit. But I was rather concerned for the condition of the monkeys - they seem to live in a completely artificial and concrete environment. Not plant or tree for them. I saw bare patches of skin on their body. At first I thought it was just the wet fur making bare skin more visible, but after careful observation, I was sure they have very bad case of balding and need to see the vet. The owner of this place should take better care of the monkeys because without them there is nothing else much to see.
p.s. I went to there in February 2018 (not 2020 which is the only default option available).
Written December 5, 2020
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fls2016
Hong Kong, China89 contributions
Feb 2016
Take bus no.6 or no.96 from the bus terminal to Nettai Shokubutsuen-mae stop. It is a short ride, only 20 minutes. The admission fee is 300 yen per adult and 100 yen per child. There are 2 parts to the garden. The first is the tropical bontanical garden which is not very big but you can find many orchids inside. The other part is very interesting because it is where you can see a big group of moneys enjoy onsen (hot springs) outdoors. Also, you can pay 100 yen to buy food to feed the monkeys. When the moneys are wet, they are a little ugly and you can see they are so comfortable to be soaking themselves in the hot springs. When their fur is dry, they like to stay on the logs or platforms to enjoy the sunshine. When you finish visiting the garden, you need to walk 5-8 minutes to Yunokawa stop to take a bus back to Hakodate bus terminal (JR station). It is worth spending a morning or 2-3 hours there because the monkeys are so cute.
Written March 18, 2016
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pmychang
Palo Alto, CA29 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
We arrived on-a cruise ship in the afternoon. It may have been a weekend but nonetheless this town reminds you that the population of Japan is shrinking and has a majority of older citizens. The streets were deserted and we hired a taxi to take us to this place. The monkey area was full of depressed monkeys, many of whom looked like they had a skin disease (although signs suggest they are shedding) in a large concrete setting that would be depressing in any location. The botanical garden was also sad, humid and deserted. Even the staff seemes dispirited. It would be an appropriate setting for an angsty movie set in on an abandoned dystopian planet.
Written January 2, 2020
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sapphirecat88
Brisbane, Australia174 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Just like a few reviews above, the monkeys have one pool to share. Some of them look like they have not been taken care of at all. There are a few that no fur left at all, and are forced to sit outside of the pool in -10 degrees celsius as there is no other option for them to go. It was advertised as free range. That is an outright lie, and i am so cross that animals in enclosures can even be treated in this manner. You dont have to believe me, i have uploaded photos to show. Please dont support this establishment.
Written March 11, 2018
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ploh
Singapore, Singapore116 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
I am sorry to give such a bad review of this place but I regretted not researching about this place before I came here. I was expecting happy plump monkeys in almost natural environment soaking in the onsen. I was so wrong!!

My family got really upset after seeing the monkeys, the other visitors were not impressed either. The enclosure condition is old, full of concrete. No effort to actually try to make it look more natural. But this I could forgive.

The heartbreaking part was the conditions of the monkeys!! Some of them are clearly very very sick and emaciated.They look like they are dying. You can also tell a few of them are being banished to a corner in the freezing winter and banned from entering the onsen. The weaker monkeys are very bald and skinny!! I was in tears.

I saw posters of the monkeys when they first arrived at the garden, and they looked healthy and hairy. I'm not an animal expert but you can obviously tell there is some sort of disease or ticks spreading amongst them...Just look at my photos.

I really wish there is something I can do to help these poor monkeys in any way. It's not right and I do not encourage you to go there to see such heart-wrenching sights. Some of the monkeys also learned to clapped their hands to ask for treats to be thrown at them. Very strange sight...

I cannot forget what I saw ever since the visit, and I feel terrible that I am not able to help them.
Written February 21, 2018
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sara_schwarz
7 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
I've never seen something so sad, bad treating of the animals and they even charge for it! The monkeys are only on concrete, no place for hiding, no soft material on the ground, nothing! They look sick and sad!
Written April 2, 2017
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donavan94563
Orinda, CA143 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Had one day in Hakodate during a cruise. Traveling with a family of 4 with teens.

Hakodate city established this facility back in 1970 to utilize the plentiful natural hot spring onsen water. Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden is the only two sightseeing spots that can see monkeys in an onsen in Japan. Kinda like a monkey zoo exhibit, but with a hotspring for them.

Apparently, the pool is only filled with the natural hot spring onsen from 1st of December to beginning of May. Since we were here in July there were no monkeys! Very disappointing since there isn't really any other things there except for the botanical greenhouse.

However, there is a natural hot spring onsen for your feet. This was nice and hot and worth the 300 yen entrance fee.

If you are here during December to May and want to see Hot Tubbing Monkeys, then by all means this is worth a visit, However, I would skip this place.

Most cruise ships will have a free shuttle to Hakodate's shinkansen station which is located right across from the tram station and morning market.

Took the tram to Yunokawaonsen Station (line 2). The fare is 250 yen. A day pass for unlimited use of trams on one calendar day is available for 600 yen. The pass can be purchased in the main Hakodate's shinkansen train station.

When you arrive at the Yunokawaonsen Station, get off and walk south to the ocean. Once you get close to the shoreline you will see a large greenhouse. Its about a 15 minute walk.
Written August 7, 2016
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Jeremy B
7 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
The Monkeys were either shedding fur or they are unhealthy. Given that we visited mid winter, they are in bad shape.
Written September 25, 2018
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NormaG50
Sydney, Australia199 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
The brochures mislead as they don't show the true environment of snow monkeys which is concrete with one hot spring full of dark green water. The monkeys beg for food and the poor things look like they'd rather be anywhere but in this horrid enclosure. As in humans they can't sit in the hot spring all day and other than that it's a boring place. If you love animals you will not enjoy this. There is a botanical garden that is ok but not worth the trip.
Written April 23, 2017
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Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM