Asahiyama Zoo Tickets


Get your polar fix at the northernmost zoo in Japan. Asahiyama is famed for its cold-climate residents, like polar bears, Amur leopards, and penguins. It’s designed to showcase the animals’ behavior while letting you get up close and personal.


  • See native Hokkaido wildlife up close from unique angles through glass tunnels and domes
  • A comfortable day trip from Sapporo
  • Watch the famous daily penguin walk in winter
  • Meet unique animals, including wolves which are now extinct in the wild

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Important Information

1. After your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email with your e-ticket. Your flexible e-ticket is valid until April 9, 2023. Note that it is not possible to reserve a specific entry time or date for a flexible ticket 2. On the day of your visit, present your e-ticket at the zoo entrance for entry • Your flexible e-ticket is valid for use on any 1 day until April 9, 2023 • Children aged 15 or younger enter for free • Public transport may be delayed or disrupted by bad weather; please allow plenty of travel time • The zoo may be closed in the event of severe bad weather or natural disasters; please confirm before you go


Asahiyama Zoo is Japan’s northernmost zoological garden, and one of its most popular. In particular, it’s known for its cold-climate animals, like polar bears, penguins, Scops owls, and Amur leopards. It was the first facility in Japan to successfully breed such animals, and is now host to some species that only exist in captivity. The layout and design of the zoo are based on showing the animals’ natural behaviors. Enclosures are designed to allow guests to observe animals close-up, using clear domes and tunnels. This allows enclosures to be built in ways that mirror the animals’ natural habitats. It also means that you can watch penguins soar overhead in special tunnels, get close to big cats as they climb around and above you, and see polar bears from a seal’s-eye perspective. Asahiyama Zoo was one of the first to organize a ‘penguin walk.’ In the winter months, you can watch the birds march along the snow-covered ground once per day. It’s the closest most of us will get to these animals. Book online with Rakuten Travel Experiences, and visit any time in the next year!

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