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“A good attraction when you have time”

Noboribetsu Bear Park
Reviewed 6 June 2018

The bear park is located at the top of a hill. A cable car ride is necessary in order to go there. Right at the exit on the top three little bears are kept in a compound where you can see them playing with each other as well as chasing after crows that were teasing them. On the right hand side is a path to the 'native zone' where a few grass/wooden huts are located. One of these huts is a home of a family selling souvenir. An exhibition centre showing many stuffed bears is located on top of a restaurant. On the left hand side of the cable car exit is a path leading to the 'bear zone' where many adult bears are keep in cement-made compounds. A show was presented by a keeper who clean a compound with many bears waiting to be fed by tourists. Visitors can buy specially made cakes and throw them to the bears. Many crows were around trying to grab the cakes before the bears do. There is another compound where many ducks were enjoying taking bath. A 'duck race' was also displayed to add fun to the visit. In a hot day, be prepare to tolerate the smell of the animals.

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I had a good time at the Bear Park and it was amazing to see the bears up close, especially the large male ones. They are incredible creatures. Some of the reviews I’ve read express a lot of concern regarding the treatment of these bears. Yes it would be nice to see more greenery in their enclosures, but I don’t think the bears are suffering. Any kind of captivity will of course never compare to a natural habitat. All the bears I saw were chubby and fuzzy, a few were sleepy and one was enjoying a water jet massage. Waiting for a snack certainly doesn’t mean that they’re not being properly fed. It just means they want a snack.
The entrance fee (includes cable car) is slightly high but cable car rides are generally not cheap anyway. Apart from the bears and a somewhat random observatory deck that provided a great view of lake Kuttara, there wasn’t much else to see. Not a must do activity but one you can consider when in Noboribetsu.

Thank v293
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

This is a very old bear park in the Noboribetsu Onsen. If you are staying at one of the hotels in the onsen town, you can ask the front desk to call for the free shuttle bus to pick you up. The entrance fee include the cable ride to the top mountain and the entrance to the park. The park is very small, and the most interesting thing is to buy some bear snacks for 100 yen (bear cookie) or 300 yen (salmon) and feed the bears.

There are 2 enclosures in the Park, and based on the information I found online, enclosure #1 are male bears and enclosure #2 enclosure are female bears which are more active on asking for food. The bears will wave at you when asking for food, and they are also ready to catch food on the air.
However, there were so many gigantic crows around the enclosure ready to steal food from the bears, so need to throw food with precision and speed.

The park also offer view of the lake kuttara on the top of the observatory, as well as a small museum about bears, and bear cubs. The daily show in the bear stage is offered 2 times, and it is very simple; the bear is hardly trained, and it is mainly looking for food.

The park was founded in 1958 (based on the information from the official website) so it is a very old park, but it is kept clean. The park definitely need to some upgrades, but it is worth the visit if you love animals and are spending a night at the onsen town.

Thank Jenny Y
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

I went on August 2017, at that time the weather was perfect in Hokkaido. As my first destination in Noboribetsu I visited the bears, luckily I was able to see a cub too. In addition to bears, the were some performances with the bears. The place contains also some few attractions related to the Ainu people.
Going as far as to reach Noboribetsu, I recommend to combine the Bear Park with a visit to Jigokudani (Hell valley) and the thermal lake and take a trekking in the mountain.

Thank addou88
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

It was in the middle of the winter but the bears were all still out and there were many ready to be fed. They all looked healthy and well cared for

Thank Richard M
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