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Asahiyama Zoo

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What is Asahiyama Zoo?

Asahiyama Zoo welcomes as many as 1.6 million visitors each year. There are approximately 650 animals, representing 120 separate species. The zoo is located in Asahikawa city in Hokkaido prefecture, which is a 40-minute trip from Asahikawa Station by a direct bus.

The best attraction of the Asahiyama Zoo is the “behavior exhibition,” which shows not only the animals themselves, but also their behavior within an environment that closely approximates their natural habitat.

Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido | Japanesquest

What to See?

1. Behavior Exhibition.

Upon entering the Zoo, we recommend that you walk counter-clockwise around the exhibits. This will ensure that you are able to efficiently visit all the areas.

The best feature of Asahiyama Zoo is the “behavior exhibition.” You can see animals moving, swimming, and eating – all in an environment that recreates their natural habitat.

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2. Mogumogu-Time

Another great feature of Asahiyama Zoo is “Mogumogu-Time,” the “munching” show. Here, you can see caretakers feeding the animals. The duration of each show is 10-20 minutes, and the caretakers give you a presentation about each animal in Japanese.

The caretakers determine when the optimum Mogumogu-Time is each morning, based on the particular animal. As a result, we recommend checking the schedule on a bulletin board near the entrance just past admission. You can also see each animal’s schedule displayed at the entrance of each animal’s exhibition building.

Mogumogu-Time in Asahiyama Zoo | Japanesquest

Hours Open:
Late April to mid October: 9:30-17:15.
Mid October to early November: 9:30-16:30.
Mid November to early April: 10:30 to 15:30
820 yen
Closed on New Year (December 30 to January 1)