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After living in Tokyo for nearly 10 years, my family just took our first trip to the wonderful Tama Zoological Park. After the easy 50-minute drive from Tokyo, we arrived at the zoo, where we were delighted to receive an English brochure. The sprawling grounds spread across 52.3 hectares of land, with over 60% undeveloped forest.

The zoo is divided into 4 different habitats, with the Asian section being the largest, by far. The Asian Habitat is home to over 35 different species, including Asian elephants and Malayan sun bears. The “Silver Shuttle Bus” runs through this habitat from 10:00am-3:50pm, and priority is given to the elderly and physically challenged. Considering the enormity of the park, it is a good way to see many different animals and have a little rest from the hilly paths.

The Australian Habitat is home to several species of animals from “down under.” Kangaroos, koalas, emus, and kookaburras make this a popular attraction at the zoo.

The Insectarium is full of beautiful butterflies that flutter past streams created to simulate a natural environment.

When we arrived, we headed directly to the African Habitat, excited to see what it had in store. We were to watch the giraffes grazing and co-existing with zebras, emus, and oryxs. The chimpanzees were full of life, jumping and climbing, and playing with a baby chimp. Our son, Indy, loved the elephants the most. Due to the unique construction of the elephant habitat, you feel unbelievably close to them, but are protected by a moat of water. Another highlight was definitely the bus through the lion territory. It was thrilling to have the lions so close to the bus as the driver put pieces of meat out of a tiny window. We could always wish for bigger enclosures for animals in captivity, but by and large, it was a humane environment, and a great opportunity for children to learn about and see exotic animals.

After a quick lunch at one of the many restaurants, we were on our way home, tired and full of exotic dreams. Families with older children could easily spend the whole day here exploring, but it was so nice to be able to really feel like we had had an outing, and be back home by 1:30 for naptime!


*Strollers are available to rent for ¥500 a day from outside of the zoo only.

*Buy your tickets for the lion bus at the concession stand above the lion entrance.


Tama Zoo is located in Hino City, in the suburbs of Tokyo.

A. From Keio Line’s Shinjuku Station, take the express train, change trains at Takahata-Fudo station, and get off at Tama Dobutsu Koen Station (about an hour’s ride).

B. From Tachikawa Station, take the Tama Monorail, and get off at Tama Dobutsu Koen Station. (about 20 minutes ride).

Tama Zoo, 7-1-1,
Hodokubo, Hino-shi,
Tokyo 191-0042, Japan,
Phone: 042-591-1611

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