Its wintertime, but we humans have no need to hibernate. With that in mind, I decided to go check in on how the animals were faring the winter at Sapporo’s famous Maruyama Zoo.

In spite of the cloudless blue skies, the piles and piles of snow reminded me we’re still in the dead of winter. That being said, the geese didn’t seem even a bit bothered by the cold as they went about their free stroll through the snow. They were tough enough to chase around a little boy about twice their size.



Unfortunately my friend and I weren’t as tough as the geese and spent the day jumping from one indoor exhibit to the next. I usually get the heebie-jeebies in the reptile room, but this time, to avoid stepping back out into the cold, we basked in the borrowed warmth of the snakes’ heat lamps and took our time getting to know our scaled buddies.


While of course there were a handful of animals in hibernation, wintertime Maruyama Zoo was surprisingly active. Making a visit is also a great chance to take in the surrounding beauty of the snow blanketed mountains, so why not check it out yourself?


Maruyama Zoo

Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Summer:February 1 – October 31), 9:00-16:00 (Winter: November 1 – January 31) *Closed December 29, 30, and 31
Location: Miyagaoka 3-1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
TEL: 011-621-1426