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“Do not come here!”

Showa Shinzan Kumabokujo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Bears we saw here are kept in concrete overcrowded prisons with bars on them. Many of them were pacing in circles and begging for food. We stayed for about 10 minutes and couldn't watch it for any longer. Please don't waste your money here or contribute to this sad place.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

my tour consist of Lake Toya, Bear Park & a rope cable ride to Mt Showa Shinzan. View of the snowy mountain was quite good .. at that time still some snow at those peaks ..As for those bears in cage, they were quite huge .. well fed, there was also Japanese raccoon dog in cage.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Please, if you like and respect animals DON'T go to this awful place. It really looked like jail. The bears live in really poorly conditions : the floor was covered with excrements, there is no environmental enrichment (just a concrete floor). The majority of bears suffers from stereotypy because of the insane living conditions.

This place is shameful.

1  Thank Camille C
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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

30-40 brown bears are kept in concrete pits. The pits are crowded and crude, with minimal environmental variations. Fee for adult costs 850 JPY and tourists can buy a bag of apple with additional charge 200JPY. Tourists laugh loudly and throw apples into pits or hit on bear’s nose. Thinking for apples, bears stand up or wave hands to attract tourists’ attention. There are no any information with educational meaning in the farm. Tourists will never know where these bears from and why they are kept here. There seems no professional personnel taking care of these bears. This place is nothing better than a pig pen.
With lots of tour group bear farm survives and earn a lot of money. However it’s seems that they are not thinking of improve the environment of these bears. People who wants to visit Hokkaido should never visit this kind of poor wildlife farm and who takes part in tour group should asking tour guide to take out bear farm from schedule actively. Post comments on internet will help. Only when people show their disagreement of poor animal welfare that farm will consider to improve it.

1  Thank Chun-Hao C
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Do not support Showa Shinzan Bear Zoo Hokkaido. It will leave you feeling miserable all week! The government need to close it down immediately! Bears were kept in horrible confined quarters. Like prisoners behind bars, they are allowed out to get some sun in the courtyard, and play in dirty muddy water.
There are these small cages in the far distance under the trees behind the court yard, looks like is for solitary confinement of misbehaving bears?! Such a big nature park with beautiful trees and fresh air. why cant they share a little more of the space with the bear and build a better home for them?
Visitors could buy process food in the shape of cookies to feed the bears, though not sure what ingredients are in the cookies. Hope they get fish or some fresh food for their regular meals. Can’t tell from their Japanese website. We should not have gone there!

1  Thank Karen T
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