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.
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!