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Zoo in Tokyo

Amongst the frequent skyscrapers and various highways running through the city, Tokyo has several zoo parks for visitors to enjoy while getting away from the city on whole. These parks have a number of different animals from all over the world for patrons to watch and appreciate. Perhaps the three most well-known zoos in Tokyo are Ueno Zoo, Tama Zoological Park, and the Inokashira Park Zoo. These are by no means the only zoos in Tokyo though, as there are a number of smaller zoos throughout the city.

Ueno Zoo

Address 9-83 Ueno Park Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8711Map
Description Ueno Zoo is the oldest and longest running zoological park in all of Japan. The park opened in 1882, and has continued to grow over the years. Ueno Zoo is home to a host of different animal species, including gorillas, tigers, and, most famously, pandas. The zoo is fairly large, and there is a monorail train running through the grounds. You can find Ueno Zoo in Ueno Park which is located next to Ueno Station. The zoo is open from 9:30 AM till 5 PM, and is closed on Mondays.

The Tama Zoo

Address 7-1-1 Hodokubo Hino-shi, Tokyo 191-0042Map
Description Tama Zoo is located about an hour west of central Tokyo, making it a bit out of the way for most residents. To get there, you’ll need to take the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station, transfer at Takahata-fudo Station, and get off at Tama Doubutsu Koen Station. The advantage of having the park so far removed is that Tama Zoo enjoys a lot more space (over three times that of Ueno Zoo). Tama Zoological Park’s theme is to show animals in their natural habitat, rather than having them on display.

Inokashira Park Zoo

Address 1-17-6 Gotenyama Musashino-shi,Tokyo 180-0005Map
Description Inokashira Park Zoo is a zoological park which focuses mainly on Japanese and East Asian animals. The park is currently running a conservation breeding program for Japanese squirrels, mandarin ducks, and swans. Also located on the park grounds are a small botanical garden, a pleasure area, and the library owned by Japanese poet Ujo Noguchi. Inokashira Park Zoo can be found on the western side of Tokyo. The closest station is Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line.
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