Sapporo: Maruyama Zoo

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Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo was on my list of want to dos when we visited in February.

I mostly knew of the zoo because of its promotional food products, you can buy Maruyama Zoo instant noodles and desert in convenience stores throughout Japan.

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They are also famous for their polar bears! Theres even one featured on the Starbucks Hokkaido tumbler (which I bought).

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So imagine how excited I was to meet the polar bears!

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We arrived at the zoo after a trek through thick snow and ice from the station, to find it was involved in the snow festival and entry was free.

A lot of the zoo was under construction though as they are updating the Africa area.

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Cute pictures on the construction screens.

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Monkey enclosure.

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Where are the animals?!

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Inside! For most of them its a bit too cold so a lot are moved indoors for winter.

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Not too cold for the red pandas though! They have an indoor and outdoor enclosure and can freely move between them using pipes and tracks.

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One led on the track above us inside. Red pandas are so cute, we watched them run around for quite a while.

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Hehe.

Afterwards we headed towards the polar bears only to find out the enclosure was closed as one of the polar bears was expecting. Boo. I did see one from a distance from the tropical area though, so that made me happy.

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Cheap and delicious mochi with white chocolate or something inside? I cant remember exactly.

After we saw everything we warmed up in the small gift shop / cafe area and then took a bus back to town which was much easier than the subway and walking.

Of courseĀ I was disappointed not to see the polar bears properly but the red pandas made up for it! We didn’t actually have to pay when we went so we had a day out for free, and just bought photo gifts and souvenirs instead.

http://www.city.sapporo.jp/zoo/

Now the best thing that came out of our visit was discovering Maruyama Zoo have a YouTube channel, so much cute.

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