Tama Zoological Park
See Orangutans Climbing on their Skywalk and Other Rare Animals!
Spanning over 50 hectares, Tama Zoological Park is one of the world’s largest zoos, and it is home to over 300 species of animals. Located in the middle of Tama Hills, the park’s main gate and the orangutan forest have about a 60-meter difference in elevation. Walking through the zoo is like hiking through a nature park. The zoo is divided into four areas: the Asian Garden, the African Garden, the Australian Garden, and the Insectarium. So that the animals can live and explore as freely as possible, most animals are not kept in cages; instead, their enclosures are surrounded by moats. The zoo is also a pioneer, as it was the first to create a “lion bus” that would go through the lion enclosure (currently not in operation) and an insect ecological garden. It also features a wildlife conservation center, which works toward the protection and propagation of rare animals, such as the Japanese crested ibis and the Japanese stork.
The “skywalk,” a 10-meter-high and 150-meter-long series of ropes that the orangutans use to move around, is extremely popular. (Late March through November only. Opens at 11:30am. Not used during rain.)
The zoo also offers a free shuttle bus around the premises.
- Postal Code
- 7-1-1 Hodokubo, Hino City, Tokyo
General (Ages 15-64) ¥600, Age 65 and over: ¥300, Junior High School Students: ¥200, Elementary School Students and under: FREE
※Free Admission Days: May 4th, May 5th, October 1st
※Guests aged 60 or older and one accompanying guest get free admission September 15th-21st.
Wednesdays (Following day if Wednesday is a holiday), Dec. 29th to Jan. 1st
※Subject to change.
- 9:30am-5:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm)
- About a 1-minute walk from the Keio Line and Tama Toshi Monorail’s Tama-Dobutsukoen Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)