Saturday, 21 February 2015

Asahiyama zoo in summer

Asahiyama zoo in summer
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Cruising around Asahikawa Hokkaido, looking towards the boundless sky and lush greenery felt so relaxing. The scenery seemed pretty stagnant, until we sighted a majestic looking palace from afar. Approaching the fairy tale like structure, there is a signboard that reads “Asahiyama zoo”. It was too good to give it a miss and we immediately headed in the direction of the zoo. Making my way towards the zoo, the cute animal prints on the road guided me towards the entrance. Reaching the door step of this animal kingdom, we got ourselves some passes eager to explore what lies ahead of us. Our tickets had different animals printed on them and I was pretty fortunate to get the hippo print, hippos are my favourite animal.

Finally getting into the zoo, I was overwhelmed by the attractions clueless where to start. The summer heat was beating down on me and getting an ice cream seemed to be a good start. With an ice cream in my left hand and a camera on my right, I started my journey. First off, we headed towards the bird enclosures. The first animal that we sighted was the flamingos and they were absolutely adorable. They seem completely apathetic about what is going on around them not moving a muscle, almost seeming statue like. Moving away from the garden statues to something more gracious, the swans were waddling enthusiastically towards the fresh batch of bean sprouts ready to feed. The black swan stood out amongst many of its white feathered friends and was the most beautiful in my opinion.

Moving on, I was curious to see the arctic animals. Entering the underwater tunnel heading towards the polar bear enclosure, something really fast flashed by. Looking towards the direction of the quick moving object, it turned out to be penguins! Asahiyama penguin walk is one of the famous attractions during winter, where you can get up close and walk among these penguins. Although it is not winter, it was fun watching them take a dive. Reaching the polar bear enclosure, the 300 kg snow white beauty was roaming around its cage leading on many curious eyes. Time was running but there were still so many animals left to see. I finished my tour at the arctic animal enclosure paying a quick visit to the playful yet friendly seals. It was difficult to part with them especially when they were so friendly.

It was mid-afternoon and the sun was still scorching. Passing through the deer museum and lions enclosure, they seemed really docile submitting themselves to the heat. Lying in a shaded corner conserving their energy, not hindering their rest I moved on. The monkeys were still active and was amusing to watch, chasing each other around the cage, no obstacles were going to stop them. The sun was setting and we had a long necked friend we still had to visit. The giraffe standing at 4 feet tall measured itself against a height chart like a growing child.

It was time to bid farewell to my enjoyable time at Asahiyama zoo and the goats saw us off. It was memorable and we will be back some day.

Which is your favorite animal?  We hoped that you enjoyed our quick japan guide to Ashikawa, Asahiyama zoo.


33 comments :

  1. So many beautiful animals going on here. I'm a big fan of penguins and orangutan.

    Buckets & Spades

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  2. the penguins are adorable, and a beautiful picture of the polar bear! two of my favourite animals :3 looks like a gorgeous day! Id love it if you looked at my photos from edinburgh zoo :)

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  3. I love your photos! All this animals are adorable! Looks like you had fun!
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    Pili

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  4. amazing photos! such a magical place that zoo!

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  5. Such a lovely photo diary of your day at the zoo and I love seeing the artic animals too. I think my favorite animal is a dog but at the zoo it would be the flamingos for some reason. Also thanks for commenting on one of my blog posts it made me discover your beautiful blog.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  6. Your photography is so beautiful, I want mine to look like yours! I love the polar bear x
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  7. Beautiful creatures :3 I love seals!!! looks a nice place to visit

    xo

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  8. You got a lot of great photos! I've always wanted to go to Japan so I'll have to check out this zoo if I ever get the chance :)

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  9. Looks and sounds like you had an amazing day :) Loved all your photos as always!

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  10. lovely photos and sounds like you had the loveliest time! i want to go to a zoo now, it's been forever since i've been to one and i want to go and see all the animals, haha! xx

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  11. Your photos are absolutely amazing :D x

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  12. Beautiful photos! Love the penguins!!
    xo,
    Mindy | Blonde Nouveau

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  13. Wonderful set of photos!

    - Kirstin
    kirstinuity.blogspot.com

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  14. flamingos and penguins are so cute im dying!
    also im reminded of this song flamingo by kero kero bonito. very catchy and fun!

    i love how you described the zoo it felt like i was there with you!
    i dont really have a favourite animal all animals are wonderful!

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  15. such lovely images, thanks for sharing! xoxo

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  16. I love your photos, they're so bright and crisp! I can almost smell and hear the animals through them. It looks like you're getting pretty awesome weather in Japan compared to here in NYC, which isn't too hard to say for anywhere else either lol.

    My favorite animal would be tigers or turtles or bears (oh my!)

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  17. Wow that Zoo has the most amazing animals! Such lovely photos too, so cute!

    Anoushka Probyn - A London Fashion Blog

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  18. These pictures are lovely, you are a great photographer!

    Lauren | Disco Daydream

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  19. You have such a fantastic range of beautiful photos here! That zoo has such a variety of animals. Great post!

    Katie
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  20. beautiful picture :)
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  21. Your photos are unreal! I love the shot of the penguin but that majestic lion really sticks in my mind. Such gorgeous photos and you make me want to visit Japan asap. Really do hope I manage to make it over there in the next couple of years. It's been on my holiday wishlist for the longest time ever!

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    1. Aww..thank you for your kind words :) I'm glad you like the photos, I hope one day you will get to visit Japan!

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  22. Your pictures are so beautiful ! I really hope that I will get to visit Japan one day, it seems like such a wonderful country. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog by the way ! Have a great week-end ahead !

    xx, Charlie.
    http://charlieleschroniques.blogspot.com/

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  23. Gorgeous pictures! Looks like an absolutely wonderful way to spend a sunny day!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  24. You have such lovely pictures! Seemed like you had an amazing day!

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