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Noboribetsu Bear Park, Noboribetsu

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Meet the inhabitants of Noboribetsu Bear Park, an animal observation facility located at the summit of the mountain. Separated by age and sex, the 200 brown bears here have been raised in the facility, with the institution growing from a population of just eight in 1958. Head into the "cage for humans" to see the bears from their own perspective, and feed them salmon and meatballs, which you can buy on site. A museum reveals the history of brown bears on the island, their behavior in the wild, and their cultural importance to the indigenous population. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Noboribetsu Bear Park and many more Noboribetsu attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Noboribetsu online trip itinerary maker.
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  • I went here as a younger woman before I realized that animals have feelings, and they are easily stressed. The bears are far to close and they have "trained" them to do tricks for food. It is... 
    I went here as a younger woman before I realized that animals have feelings, and they are easily stressed. The bears are far to close and they have "trained" them to do tricks for food. It is...  more »
  • Was sad how the bears were displayed begging for food that they sold from vending machines. More of an opportunity for people to safely get close to a bear than a park for bears. The views from the....  more
    Was sad how the bears were displayed begging for food that they sold from vending machines. More of an opportunity for people to safely get close to a bear than a park for bears. The views from the....  more »
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  • This place is less a park and more like a prison for bears. The bears are stuck in concrete enclosures and have nothing to do, so they just sit there begging for pellets of food. It's inhumane and if I knew what it was like I wouldn't have gone. I visited in 2008, so thirteen years ago, but I see from the reviews that nothing has changed. I'm hardly surprised. Most zoos in Japan are like this.
  • Extremely cruel place, the bears are underfed and kept in very small enclosures. When visitors express their worry for wellbeing of the animals, they simply get blacklisted. Avoid this zoo at all costs.

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