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[Obihiro Zoo] The 2nd Oldest Zoo in Hokkaido

Obihiro Zoo

Obihiro Zoo (帯広動物園) is a zoo in Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) located in the central part of Obihiro city, and is the 2nd oldest zoo after Maruyama Zoo (円山動物園) in Hokkaido, and has opened a business since 1963. It is well-known as a zoo that established a method to breed tropical animals in the cold Hokkaido for the first time in Japan. About 73 kinds of 400 animals are bred at the Obihiro Zoo. In addition, there is an amusement park at the zoo, and Mini Steam Locomotion Benkeigo (弁慶号) goes around the amusement park. Strollers and wheelchairs are provided, too, and those are free rental.

Animals Footprints Are Fllowed to Entrance
Obihiro Zoo
Amusement Park at Zoo
Obihiro Zoo
Benkei
Obihiro Zoo

Animal houses at the Obihiro Zoo are as follows. There are Birds House, Japanese Monkey Mountain, Indian Elephant House, Somali Giraffe and Chapman's Zebra House, Polar Bear House, Sheep House, Little Child Farm House, Eagle and Hawk House, Whooper Swan and Whistling Swan House, Harbor Seal House, California Sea Lion House, Lion House, Condor Owl House, Amur Tiger House, American Buffalo House, American Beaver, Japanese Rat Snake, Chinese Pond Turtle House, Yezo Deer House, Red Kangaroo House, New Monkey House, Miniature Horse House, Llama House and Hippopotamus House.

Yezo Owl
Obihiro Zoo
Wild Squirrel
Obihiro Zoo

Atmosphere of Obihiro Zoo Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Obihiro Zoo

A highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between Obihiro and Sapporo or Asahikawa. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Obihiro. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Obihiro
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Obihiro to Sapporo
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Obihiro Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are in Nishi 5-jo, Nishi 18-jo and Odori Steet.

    OBIHIRO

    Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More

    Open Spacea in front of Obihiro Station
    Obihiro

    Animal Houses in Obihiro Zoo

    Around Birds House

    Small birds such as Fantail Pigeon, Japanese Hawfinch, European Greenfinch and Brown-eared Bulbul are bred at the Birds House (鳥類舎). Blue Peacock, Fantail Pigeon, Mandarin Duck, Pelican and Flamingo are bred around the Birds House. The Fantail Pigeon is a domestic animal that a domestic pigeon was improved ornamental, and is bred in groups. A figure with opening their wings resembled Indian Peacock, and it was named so. Originally they inhabit in the India. White appearance looks beautiful. 3 Blue Peacocks, 1 male and 2 famales, are bred at the Blue Peacock House. Originally they inhabit in the India. An individual seems to live for 20 years. It is famous for having beautiful male decoration wings. The male that opens its wings is only courtship. It has most courtship from May to June.

    Fantail Pigeon
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House
    Mandarin Duck
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House
    Blue Peacock
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House
    Parrot
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House

    2 Pelicans, mated pair, are bred at the Pelican House. They originally live in the North Africa, the Southeastern Africa and the Asia. 3 kinds of Flamingos, Phoenicopterus Ruber, European Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo are bred at the Flamingo House. They originally inhabit in the West Asia, the Africa, the South America. The Chilean Flamingo is in danger of dying out.

    Swan
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House
    Goose
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House
    Flamingo
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House
    Pelican
    Obihiro Zoo Birds House

    Atmosphere of Birds House Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Birds House

    Japanese Monkey Mountain

    Japanese Monkeies are bred in groups on the Japanese Monkey Mountain (ニホンザル舎). Their faces and buttocks are red, and they have cheek pouches. They inhabit in the main islands of Japan except the Hokkaido originally.

    Mt. Ensan
    Obihiro Zoo Japanese Monkey
    Monkey-Leader?
    Obihiro Zoo Japanese Monkey
    Looked at Me
    Obihiro Zoo Japanese Monkey

    Atmosphere of Japanese Monkey Mountain Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Japanese Monkey Mountain

    Indian Elephant House

    Indian Elephant is one of the most famous animals at the Obihiro Zoo, and is only one Elephant in the Hokkaido (* The Maruyama Zoo is planning to breed elephants in 2019). Her name is Nana. They inhabit in the South India originally, and are in danger of extinction. She came to the Obihiro Zoo in 1964. Because half a century passes soon, I am amazed by long time. An individual seems to live for 80 years.

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    Indian Elephant Eat Bait
    Obihiro Zoo Indian Elephant
    Live Long Very Much
    Obihiro Zoo Indian Elephant

    Atmosphere of Indian Elephant House Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Indian Elephant House

    Somali Giraffe and Chapman's Zebra House

    3 Somali Giraffe and 1 Chapman's Zebra are bred at Somali Giraffe and Chapman's Zebra House (アミメキリンとチャップマンシマウマ舎). As for names of the Somali Giraffe, the male is Musashi, and the female is Ribbon. A child was born recently. They are in danger of extinction, so this is glad news. They inhabit in the Africa originally. The name of the Chapman's Zebra is Chantilly. They inhabit in the South Africa originally. Their skin is not a striped pattern if hair of the Zebra is shaved. Colors of the hair itself are the striped pattern.

    Somali Giraffe
    Obihiro Zoo  Somali Giraffe
    Somali Giraffe
    Obihiro Zoo  Somali Giraffe
    Chapman's Zebra
    Obihiro Zoo Chapman's Zebra

    Atmosphere of Somali Giraffe Haouse Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Somali Giraffe Haouse

    Polar Bear House

    2 Polar Bears are bred at the Polar Bear House (北極熊舎). Their names are Aira and Ikoro. They inhabit along the North Pole Coast. An individual seems to live for 40 years. They are in danger of extinction. Their staple food is Harbor Seal.

    Ikoro
    Obihiro Zoo Polar Bear

    Atmosphere of Polar Bear House Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Polar Bear House

    Sheep House

    2 Sheeps cross between Cheviot and Suffolk are bred at the Sheep House (ヒツジ舎). Their names are Wata and Mocha. The sheeps inhabit all over the world. There was a goat for some reason, too.

    Mocha
    Obihiro Zoo Sheep
    Goat ?
    Obihiro Zoo Sheep

    Atmosphere of Sheep House Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Sheep House

    Small Animal House

    1 Raccoon, 1 North Fox and 2 Yezo Raccoon Dogs are bred at the Small Animal House (小獣舎). Names of the Yezo Racoon Dogs are Kuro and Shiro. They inhabit in the Hokkaido originally. Name of the Racoon is Maru. They inhabit in the North America originally.

    Raccoon
    Obihiro Zoo Raccoon

    Farm for Little Children

    Rabbit, Marmot and Goat are bred at the Farm for Little Children (ちびっこファーム). They are quiet animals, and tourists can come in contact with animals although the tourists are adults.

    Farm for Little Children
    Obihiro Zoo Little Child Farm
    Goat
    Obihiro Zoo Little Child Farm
    Rabbit
    Obihiro Zoo Little Child Farm

    Atmosphere of Farm for Little Children Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Farm for Little Children

    Eagle and Hawk House

    Buzzard, Black Kite, Steller's Sea Eagle Goshawk and White-Tailed Sea Eagle are bred at the Eagle and Hawk House (ワシ・タカ舎). All the birds are a hawk family. The Buzzard inhabits in the Eurasian Continent and Africa. The Black Kite inhabits in the Eurasian Continent, the Europe, the Africa and the Oceania. The Steller's Sea-eagles inhabit along the Kamchatka Coast. An individual seems to live for 50 years. They are in an extinction crisis. The White-tailed Sea Eagles inhabit in the Eurasian Continent and the Europe. An individual seems to live for 50 years. The Goshawk inhabits in the North America, the North Eurasian Continent and the Europe. They can fly at 130 km per hour. Too fast...

    Appearance of House
    Obihiro Zoo Eagle and Hawk House
    Buzzard
    Obihiro Zoo Eagle and Hawk House
    Black Kite
    Obihiro Zoo Eagle and Hawk House
    Goshawk
    Obihiro Zoo Eagle and Hawk House
    White-Tailed Sea Eagle
    Obihiro Zoo Eagle and Hawk House

    Atmosphere of Eagle and Hawk House Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Eagle and Hawk House

    Harbor Seal House

    2 Harbor Seals are bred at the Harbor Seal House (ゴマフアザラシ舎). As for their names, a male is Kai, and a female is Hana. The harbor seal inhabits in the Alaska and Kamchatka, Japan originally.

    Two Harbor Seal
    Obihiro Zoo Harbor Seal
    Looked so Comfortable
    Obihiro Zoo Harbor Seal

    Atmosphere of Harbor Seal House Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of Harbor Seal House

    California Sea Lion House

    1 male California Sea Lion is bred at the California Sea Lion House (カリフォルニアアシカ舎). His name is Takeru. Originally the California Sea Lion inhabits along the California Coast. A big individual seems to be height over 250 cm, and seems to be weight over 300 kg.

    Length Is About 2 m
    Obihiro Zoo California Sea Lion
    California Sea Lion
    Obihiro Zoo California Sea Lion

    Atmosphere of California Sea Lion House Can Be Watched on Youtube.

    Movie of California Sea Lion House

    I introduce about other animal houses on the next page.

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Onsen Hotel Boston(ホテルボストン)
      HP
      Jalan
      Midorigaoka Onsen Sauna Business Hotel(みどりヶ丘温泉 サウナビジネスホテル)
      Booking
      Obihirominami Onsen Hotel Konan(帯広南温泉 ホテル光南)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Tokachi Gardens Hotel(十勝ガーデンズ ホテル)
      Business Hotel Plum Field(ビジネスホテル プラムフィールド)
      Casa Inn Hotel Obihiro(カーサーイン ホテル帯広)
      Booking
      Hotel Yamako(ホテルやまこ)
      Booking
      Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Tokachi Obihiro Ekimae(東横インとかち・帯広駅前)
      Hotel Tokachi Inn(ホテル十勝イン)
      Booking
      Hotel AreaOne Obihiro(ホテルエリアワン帯広)
      Dormy Inn Obihiro(ドーミーイン帯広)
      Hotel Route-Inn Obihiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン帯広駅前)
      Hotel Paco Obihiro 3(ホテルパコ帯広3)
      Booking
      Obihiro Grand Hotel(帯広グランドホテル)
      JR Inn Obihiro(JRイン帯広)
      Hotel Nupka(ホテルヌプカ)
      Richmond Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル帯広駅前)
      Fukui Hotel(ふく井ホテル)
      Hotel Grand Terrace Obihiro(ホテルグランテラス帯広)
      Natural Hot Spring Premier Hotel CABIN Obihiro(天然温泉プレミア ホテル-CABIN-帯広)
      Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro(ホテル日航 ノースランド帯広)
      APA Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(アパホテル)
      Hotel Musashi(ホテルムサシ)
      Booking
      Comfort Hotel Obihiro(コンフォートホテル帯広)
      Hotel Paco Obihiro 2(ホテルパコ帯広2)
      Booking
      Hotel New Obihiro(ホテルニューオビヒロ)
      Booking
      Hotel Sun Park(ホテルサンパーク)
      Booking
      Hokkaido Hotel(北海道ホテル)
      Business Hotel Grandy(ビジネスホテル グランディ)
      Booking
      Hotel Arm Obihirominami(ホテルアルム オビヒロミナミ)
      Booking
      Obihiro Yachiyo Youth Hostel(帯広八千代 ユースホステル)
      Taisho Crab House(大正カニの家)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Iwanai Nature Forest(岩内自然の森)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Snow Peak Tokachi Poroshiri Camp Field(スノーピーク十勝ポロシリキャンプフィールド)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Booking.com

      I introduce about other animal houses on the next page.

      A page of Obihiro is here

      Obihiro

      A page of 4 Major Zoos in Hokkaido is here

      4 Major Zoos in Hokkaido

      By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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