My stomach ache seemed to have ceased and I managed to go out of the hotel room to enjoy a short trip to a popular zoo in Asahikawa which is located at the center of Hokkaido island. It was about a three hour trip including a two hour train and forty minute bus ride and I was OK all the way go and around. Generally I don't like a zoo because it is boring except for a monkey mountain and it stinks, but the zoo I visited this time is so popular that they have a lot of domestic and even foreign visitors from all over the world. The reason of the popularity is clear. It is designed and run so that any visitors would not be bored with animals just sleeping with their faces against visitors in the zoo. For example, every meal time of the animals are also the show time and we could watch how they eat. The orangutang have to cross on a rope and use a stick to get a banana. Seals swimming in the water could be watched through a glass tube. Even a leopard sleeping on a wire netting could be watch from under the net. I don't think whether all these things are good to the animals, but it is clear that we human can be entertained with them more and we can have a kind of friendness to them. If you are interested in this zoo, you can save money to get a special ticket at JR stations. It includes both the tounrd-trip train and bus ticket from Sapporo or the airport and the admission ticket for the zoo and it costs almost half of the regular price of all those tickets.