Here’s a list of the Zoo’s within the greater area of Tokyo.
Inokashira Nature Park
In addition to the “Touch Corner” where you can directly touch guinea pigs, there is a sculpture garden and a sports land that is very popular with small children.
Address: 1-17-6 Gotenyama, Musashino-shi, Tokyo Tel: 0422-46-1100
Hours: Open: 9:30 – 17:00 (admission until 1 hour before closing) Mondays (or the following day if the Monday falls on a national holiday), December 29 – January 1
Access: 10 min. walk from Kichijoji Sta. on the JR or Keio Inokashira Line
Admission: Adults 400 yen/ Junior high school students 150 yen/ Seniors 65 and over 200 yen
Tama Zoological Park
This is the closest animal park to a natural environment where animals and insects from around the world live freely in the vast 52.3 hectares of the park.
Address: 7-1-1, Cheng Kubo, Hino-shi, Tokyo Tel: 042-591-1611
Hours: Open: 9:30 – 17:00 (admission until 1 hour before closing) Wednesdays (or the following day if the Wednesday falls on a national holiday), December 29 – January 1
Access: In front of Tama Zoological Park Station on the Keio Line and Tama Urban Monorail
Fees: Adults 600 yen/junior high school students 200 yen/over 65 300 yen
The oldest zoo in Japan. More than 500 species of animals from all over the world are exhibited. Don’t miss the amphibian and reptile house, the bears’ hill, and the forest where aye-ayes live.
Address: 9-83 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-3828-5171 (switchboard)
Hours: Open: 9:30 – 17:00 (admission until 1 hour before closing) Mondays (or the following day if Monday falls on a national holiday), December 29 – January 1
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Ueno Stn. or Nezu Stn. on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C14), 10 min. walk from Keisei Ueno Stn. on the Keisei Line or Ueno Stn. on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line (G16/H17)
Fees: Adults 600 yen/ Junior high school students 200 yen/ Seniors 65 and over 300 yen
Hamura City Animal Park
The zoo opened in 1978 as Japan’s first town-run zoo. The attraction of the zoo is that visitors can freely interact with a variety of animals, including chicks, guinea pigs, iguanas, a 70-cm-long land tortoise, and a red-crowned crane, a special natural treasure. In addition to the animal area including a savanna garden where five kinds of animals such as giraffes and zebras live together, there is a natural forest of Musashino, a picnic area and a lawn square where a SL train is placed. The park is flat and can be visited without difficulty even by infants.
Address: 4122 Hane, Hamura, Tokyo TEL: 042-579-4041
Hours: 9:00 – 16:30 (Nov. – Feb. – 16:00)
Access:JR Hamura Station→20 min. walk. Or JR Hamura Stn. → 10 min. on the Tachikawa Bus Nagaoka Circular, alight at the Hamura City Animal Park West stop and walk 5 min.
Admission: 300 yen