Sapporo Maruyama Zoo

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo © Y.Matsumoto

What is Sapporo Maruyama Zoo

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo is a zoo located in Sapporo city in Hokkaido Prefecture. It is located 15 minutes by car from Sapporo Station, and is a great place to visit in conjunction with other sightseeing plans.

Lions, giraffes, hippopotamus, kangaroos, a variety of monkeys, birds and other animals are kept at the zoo. There are animals that are commonly seen at other zoos as well, but some are unique to the cooler northern weather, such as, Hokkaido Brown Bear, Hokkaido Sika deer, Eastern timber wolf, Spotted Seal, and Snow Leopard. Within them are animals that become active in the winter and visitors can enjoy the zoo regardless of the season.

Especially popular are the Polar Bears and Red Pandas. The original merchandise designed with the polar bear makes a good gift. The fluffy Red Pandas crossing the suspension bridge are very cute and are very popular regardless of age or gender.

The distance to the animals at Maruyama Zoo is very close and there are various events such as “Night zoo” where visitors can see the activity of nocturnal animals. Information is updated on the website and it may be worth participating in an event if you are in the area. In addition, Maruyama Park extends around the zoo and visitors can take a walk through the virgin forest which is a national monument.

Hours of operation

The Zoo opens at 9:30AM year-round, and closes at 4:30PM from March through October, and 4:00PM from November through February. The Zoo is closed every 2nd and 4th Wednesday and if that Wednesday is a national holiday, the following Thursday is closed. The Zoo is also closed the 3rd week of April and the 2nd week of November, as well as year-end and the new year holiday period.


Admission is 600 yen for high school students and older. For groups of 30 people or more, each admission will be 540 yen.


It is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from JR Sapporo Station or the subway’s Oodori Station. From Maruyama Koen Station on the subway, it is a 15 minute walk or 7 minute bus ride.

Description: Sapporo Maruyama Zoo

Sights Sapporo Maruyama Zoo (札幌市円山動物園)
Address 3-1 Miyagaoka, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-0959
Phone / Fax Phone: 011-621-1426
Duration 1Hour(s)
Closed dates Irregular closed dates
Admission Fee Pay admission: 600yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Sapporo Maruyama Zoo