This Zoo in Hokkaido Has the Cutest Animals

You can't take them home, but you can at least take a selfie.

Asahiyama Zoo
Kuranuma Higashi-asahikawa-cho, Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture
Contact: +81-16-636-1104
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. during the summer (and until 4:30 p.m. starting October 16 onwards) and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the winter.
Admission fee: ¥820 for adults; free for students in Junior High or lower

The Asahiyama Zoo is popular with tourists both local and international, particularly those from other Asian countries such as Taiwan, China, and Thailand. While you might think that the animals probably don’t differ much from those living in other Asian enclosures, Hokkaido and Asahikawa City are located farther north. This means that the animals, to a certain degree, will also be different. 

Hokkaido Animal House
is one of the more popular areas in the zoo. It’s a facility that houses animals that can be found locally.

Kitakitsune (Ezo red fox)

They live in Hokkaido and are different from the foxes living in mainland Japan called hondogitsune or Japanese red fox. Slim during the spring and summer, these animals get fluffier around winter time due to the colder weather.

“Ezo” comes from the old name of Hokkaido.

You can also find other Ezo animals in the house, such as the Ezo flying squirrel, the Ezo arctic hare, the Ezo raccoon, and the Ezo sable. The most popular is the Ezo owl. Because these owls are nocturnal animals, they don’t move much in the morning, making it easier to take photos of them.

Popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists, the passageway of the seals is the perfect place to take a selfie. You just have to time it right.

*Photos provided by Asahiyama Zoo
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Hokkaido Walker™ (11 October 2017)

More stories

How do you feel about this article?

Total votes
View more stories tagged ""

Read more stories about


Latest Stories

Load More Stories