Noboribetsu Bear Park

Noboribetsu Bear Park
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Page last updated: Nov, 13, 2020
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"Noboribetsu Bear Park" is considered the pioneer of bear parks in the nation. It opened in 1958, which is the 100th year anniversary of the Noboribetsu Onsen hot springs’ opening. The park started out with 8 Hokkaido brown bears living in Hokkaido and is currently breeding about 70 bears. At the "First Enclosure," where the male bear resides, the "human cage" allows visitors a chance to see huge bears while being protected by a glass window. It is a powerful exhibition where there is almost nothing between you and the bear. In the “Second Enclosure,” where the female bears reside, there are trained bears making "silly poses" to ask for treats and is popular.
Please check out the "Brown Bear Museum" after seeing the real live bears.
In addition to materials obtained from years of bear research and breeding, taxidermy of these animals from birth to adulthood is extremely rare; it is a small but magnificent exhibit. From the roof terrace of the museum, you can see the natural forest and the Lake Kuttara in Shikotsu-Tōya National Park and may even able to see Shimokita Peninsula on a sunny day. Also, during the summer, the "Yukar no Sato" is open. Yukar means "epic poetry" in the Ainu language. Here, you can see the old straw-thatched roofs of houses called chiche, and you can experience a part of Ainu culture through the tools and crafts of the early Meiji Period.

Information of Spot Detail


224, Noboribetsu Onsencho, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaido, Japan

Telephone Number


Spot Types

Zoos, Safari parks

Business Hours

April 1 - June 30, 8: 30 - 16: 30 (15: 50)
July 1 - September 30, 8: 00 ~ 17: 00 (16: 20)
October 1 - January 31, 8: 30 - 16: 30 (15: 50)
February 1 - March 31, 8: 30-16: 00 (15: 20)
※ The inside of () is the ticket sale end time

Regular Holiday

Open Year Round
[Yukarano Sato] Closed from October 21 - End of April
Closed in the case of suspension of ropeway operation due to weather conditions
Closed for extended periods during statutory ropeway inspections (Check the website for details)


Adult 2,592 yen , Children(4 years old to 6th Grade elementary student) 1,296 yen, 3 years or under free of charge


Approximately 15 minutes by Dounan Bus from JR Noboribetsu station, get off at Noboribetsu Onsen Terminal, about 5 minutes on foot from the stop.
Approximately 100 minutes by express bus from JR Sapporo station, get off at Noboribetsu Onsen Terminal, about 5 minutes on foot from the stop.
There is a free shuttle bus from the Onsen town to the ropeway platform (Dounan Bus Noboribetsu Onsen Terminal, Noboribetsu International Tourism Convention Association, please contact the hotel that you are staying at)

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