Wakkanai Animal Land - Hokkaido

Wakkanai Animal Land (稚内市動物ふれあいランド) is an animal park/ mini zoo located near Wakkanai Airport in Keihoku Koetoimura, Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Wakkanai Animal Land

Wakkanai Animal Land details

Also called Wakkanai City Animal Contact Land, the Wakkanai Animal Land was established and opened in 1988 to be a place where animal lovers can interact with animals and also escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Wakkanai Animal Land - Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Wakkanai Animal Land (稚内市動物ふれあいランド)

Welcome to Wakkanai Animal Land

The Fluffy House

Inside the Wakkanai City Animal Fureai Land Guest House Reindeer Rest Facility
Wakkanai Animal Land houses a variety of farm animals like ducks, rabbits, Guinea pigs, turkeys, a goat, and a pony. Several famous dogs also called Wakkanai Animal Land their home like Taro and Jiro who appeared in the movie Antarctica, Babu from Annie, Uluru from The Story of the Uluru Forest, and Pal who appeared in the film Invisible Witness.

Pal from the film Invisible Witness

2010 Japanese film Kinako - The Story of an Apprentice Dog

Replica of Hachiko

Speaking of dogs, there is also a 6,000-square-meter dog run where dogs can run around and interact with other dogs.

Animals to see in Wakkanai Animal Land

Team Nicerio visits Wakkanai Animal Land

My family and I visited Wakkanai Animal Land last August 14, 2022, during the 3rd day of our 5-day Drive Up North road trip which was my 286th day here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. I included it in the itinerary as both my wife and daughter love interacting with animals. True enough, at the end of the day, they both enjoyed their visit and interaction with the different animals on the farm. 

Wakkanai Animal Land Entrance Fee

It’s FREE to enter, explore, and interact with the animals in Wakkanai Animal Land.

Parking is also FREE

Wakkanai Animal Land Operating Hours

Wakkanai Animal Land is open from April 29th to September 30th.

It’s open from 11 AM to 4 PM during the weekdays and 10 AM to 4 PM during the weekends and holidays.

It’s closed every Monday unless it is a holiday. It’s closed on Tuesdays if Monday is a holiday.

Why visit Wakkanai Animal Land?

If you love animals and enjoy interacting with them, then Wakkanai Animal Land should be on your itinerary. If you own a dog, you can bring him/her to the spacious dog-run area so that your pet can enjoy running around and meeting new friends.

Getting to Wakkanai Animal Land


The best way to visit Wakkanai Animal Land is by car. It is a 1-minute drive away from Wakkanai Airport and a 25-minute drive from JR Wakkanai Station.

Another option is to ride the Wakkanai-Airport Limousine Bus at JR Wakkanai Station and board down at Wakkanai Airport. From there, you need to walk for about 1.3 kilometers to reach Wakkanai Animal Land.

700 yen.




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