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Playing with animals and snow

1night,2days Departure from Local Area(Sapporo)

Hokkaido in the winter is a wonderland of snow. Although its spacious land is covered with snow, Hokkaido still retains its abundance of living nature. This winter landscape of Hokkaido is beautiful enough to take your breath away. This is a course that lets you come in contact with animals at Asahiyama Zoo and take in the nature of Hokkaido. Asahiyama Zoo is popular not only with visitors from across the country, but from travelers from abroad as well. One popular feature of this zoo is that it not only lets you simply see the animals here, but also lets you closely observe them in environments that have been carefully made to resemble their natural habitats. Have a try at experiencing winter in Hokkaido, where nature is still alive and well in this cold season.

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Asahikawa

[Traveling]

Sapporo -- <JR Limited Express 80 mins.> -- Asahikawa -- <40 mins. by bus> -- [Asahiyama Zoo] -- [Asahiyama Snow Village] -- <40 mins. by bus> -- Asahikawa

*The times required with public transportation are approximate.

Asahiyama Zoo

Asahiyama Zoo is a popular zoo with an underwater tunnel in a pool for penguins, a space where tigers and lions walk around freely, facilities that let you see animals behave as they would in their natural habitats, and more. It is so popular that there are many people who come to Hokkaido just to go to the zoo. Let us take a close look at some of its attractions.

Hokkaido Animal House

Raised here are animals that inhabit Hokkaido such as the raccoon dog, the Hokkaido squirrel, the mountain hare, and the Steller's sea eagle. At times, you may not know where the animals are at first glance because, for example, the Hokkaido squirrels spend their time up in the trees as they would in their natural habitats. It is recommended that you stop and observe closely.

Arctic Fox House

The arctic fox has gray-brown fur in the summer, but it turns to white in the winter. It is very resistant to cold and inhabits the tundra near the north pole as well as coastal regions. You can also see them digging holes and storing food from up close.

The Wolves' Forest and the Ezo Deer Forest

Japanese wolf is extinct so the wolf raised here is the Timber Wolf from North America. The outdoor enclosure where they are released is reminiscent of Hokkaido's old natural environment as there are trees, rocky hills, and brooks. Here, you can see the wolves running around, taking a dip in a brook, howling on top of a rocky hill, and so on. Next to the wolves on the other side of the fence is the breeding farm for the Ezo deer. You will be amazed at how far they can jump.

Penguin House

When the snow piles up in the winter, the king penguins start walking to get exercise. Be sure to take a look at these adorable creatures when they do because they walk right in front of the visitors.

Asahiyama Snow Village

A snow park located adjacently to the Asahikawa Zoo. Here, you can enjoy various rides such as snow rafts, snow bananas, and snowmobiles. It is also recommended for those who would like to try skiing as there is a gentle slope.

Asahikawa Winter Festival

A snow festival held every February in Asahikawa. The greatest feature is the huge sizes of the snow statues, and one of them was even registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest structure made of snow in the world. Here, visitors can enjoy activities that can only be found in the north such as sliding down huge snow slides and making their own snow statues. Held at the same time is the "Asahikawa International Ice Sculpture Competition" to see who the best ice sculptor is.

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1st Day

Sapporo

[Traveling]

Asahikawa -- <JR Limited Express 80 mins.>-Sapporo -- <JR Chitose Line 15 mins.> -- Shin-Sapporo -- <15 mins. by bus> -- [Historical Village of Hokkaido] -- <15 mins. by bus> -- Shin-Sapporo -- <JR Chitose Line (15 mins.)> -- Sapporo

Historical Village of Hokkaido

Many of the samurai warriors who lost their jobs with the collapse of the Edo Shogunate at the end of the nineteenth century moved to Hokkaido in search of a new start. This is an outdoor museum where you can learn about the history of the pioneering days of Hokkaido. Fifty-two historic structures that show the townscape and lifestyles of the farming villages of the times have been recreated here. Horse sleigh rides can also be enjoyed in the winter. The "Winter Life Experience", which lets you enjoy cold winter activities and experience the lifestyles of the times, is also held.

Sapporo Snow Festival

A festival of snow and ice held every year in early February at Odori Park and other locations in Sapporo City, Hokkaido. The snow statues, both large and small, are well worth seeing. This is one of the greatest events in Hokkaido, attracting about two million visitors a year from all across Japan and overseas.

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