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Located in Noboribetsu City, Hokkaido, "Noboribetsu Bear Park Noboribetsu Mabokujo" is a ranch where the rich nature and cute bears welcome you at the top of a Mt. Shihorei where Lake Kuttara is located.
In this post, we will inform you about the details of the Noboribetsu Bear Park and sightseeing in the surrounding area.
First of all, we will introduce the facility information of Noboribetsu Bear Park.
As of 2023, Noboribetsu Bear Park has about 70 brown bears in captivity.
There are several exhibits of Ezo brown bears in the bear farm, and you can see male brown bears at Farm 1, female brown bears at Farm 2, and 0-year-old cubs at Baby Bear Farm (end of April ~ beginning of December).
Bears in Ranch 1 and Ranch 2 can be given bear treats. Enjoy the feeding experience with cute bears begging for treats!
The male bears in the first farm are much larger than the females and beg for snacks leisurely. In addition, there is a "human cage" where you can observe bears at close range through the glass, so you can enjoy watching bears carefully. Please enjoy a commemorative photo with the bear through the glass.
The female bears in Ranch No. 2 are very active, standing on two legs, lying down, and begging for treats in fancy poses. You can observe the movement, dexterity and cleverness of the bear.
In addition, the second farm also holds individual replacement events for "young bears" and "veteran bears" on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
In addition, we hold "Bear Athletics" twice a day where you can see bears' abilities such as excellent sense of balance and manual dexterity, such as "log walking" and "forage hunting" by bears.
In addition to bears, "squirrel enclosure" also raises Eurasian red squirrel and chipmunks.
Ducks are raised at the duck racing course, and you can watch duck races 6 times a day. If you successfully hit the target of the duck that finishes with one dress, you will receive original goods.
Bear Farm has plenty of other facilities to enjoy!
The Brown Bear Museum exhibits materials about taxidermy and brown bears by generation.
On the second floor, there is also a trick art corner where brown bears jump out.
Please enjoy taking a commemorative photo.
At Kumayama Cafe on the first floor, you can enjoy coffee and sweets, as well as original menus with bear motifs such as "Bear Foot Curry" and various gourmet foods such as Noboribetsu local gourmet "Enma Ramen".
On the roof of the Brown Bear Museum, there is also the "Lake Kuttara Observatory"!
You can overlook Lake Kuttara and the primeval forests of Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the Pacific Ocean, Orofure Pass, Mt. Raiba, the Oshima Peninsula and the Shimokita Peninsula.
"Ainu Village (Ainu Kotan)" is an area where you can experience the culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido.
Ainu dwellings and valuable tools such as porocipu (large boats) and tamasai (necklaces) are on display.
The shop in the facility is lined with various souvenirs such as cute bear goods and original products, and you can take home wonderful memories with the bears.
Next, we will introduce access to the Noboribetsu Bear Park.
From Sapporo, it takes about 90~110 minutes by train, highway bus or car.
【Access from Sapporo】
◎ Access by train (about 90 minutes)
From JR Sapporo Station, get off at Noboribetsu Station. Take the Donan Bus, get off at Noboribetsu Onsen Bus Terminal, and walk for about 5 minutes.
◎ Access by highway bus (about 110 minutes)
From Sapporo, take the Donan Bus, get off at Noboribetsu Onsen Bus Terminal, and walk for about 5 minutes.
◎ Access by car (about 100 minutes)
From Sapporo, take the expressway to Sapporo Kita IC, take the Hokkaido Expressway to Noboribetsu Higashi IC, and then take the general road for about 10 minutes.
From New Chitose Airport, it takes 70~80 minutes by train, highway bus or car.
【Access from New Chitose Airport】
◎ Access by train (about 80 minutes)
Take the bus from JR New Chitose Station and get off at Noboribetsu Station. Take the Donan Bus, get off at Noboribetsu Onsen Bus Terminal, and walk for about 5 minutes.
◎ Access by highway bus (about 75 minutes)
From New Chitose, take the Donan Bus, get off at Noboribetsu Onsen Bus Terminal, and walk for about 5 minutes.
◎ Access by car (about 70 minutes)
From New Chitose, take the expressway to Tomakomai Higashi IC, take the Hokkaido Expressway to Noboribetsu Higashi IC, and then take the general road for about 10 minutes.
A parking lot is available.
To enter the Noboribetsu Bear Park, you need to take the ropeway (gondola lift).
※ Round-trip ropeway fare is included in the admission fee of the Noboribetsu Bear Park.
You can get on from "Ropeway Mountain Base Station" in Noboribetsu hot spring town.
While enjoying the superb view, the ropeway experience of about 7 minutes is perfect for memories of your trip!
Finally, we will introduce some of the sightseeing spots around Noboribetsu Bear Park.
Located in the northeast of Noboribetsu Onsen Town, Noboribetsu Jigokudani is the source of Noboribetsu Onsen.
It is an explosive volcanic site with a diameter of about 450 meters and an area of about 11 ha, and white steam rises from the fumaroles.
In Noboribetsu Jigokudani, a slope is installed, and you can observe the air outlet with a truly hellish atmosphere up close.
Karakuri Enmado, which was created as a commemorative project for the 30th Noboribetsu Hell Festival, is also a popular tourist spot.
There are six times a day called "Judgment of Hell" (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 13 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.
Enma-sama's expression changes for about 5 minutes.
We hope you will enjoy these sightseeing spots with your Noboribetsu Bear Park.
Information on Noboribetsu Bear Park admission fees (as of August 2023).
It is 2,800 yen for adults and 1,400 yen for children (free for children under 3 years old). On website ticket sites such as JTB and PassMarket, there are also advance tickets that can be purchased at a great price.
It can also be purchased at convenience stores, so please refer to the official website when purchasing.
At "Noboribetsu Bear Park", you can enjoy a trip to Hokkaido full of wonderful memories.
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