Edogawa Shizen Zoo
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This small zoo in Edogawa ward’s Gyosen Park may not have the big beasts but kids will love its variety of smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep and goats, especially since they can interact with these friendly creatures at the petting area (sessions run 10am 11.45am, 1.15pm-3pm; summer 10am-11.45pm, 2.30pm-3.45pm). The zoo is also home to adorable Humboldt penguins, Bennett’s wallabies and spider monkeys plus the two crowd favourites, red pandas and giant anteaters. The zoo’s cosy atmosphere makes for a leisurely stroll, and there are seats scattered about for you to enjoy a lunchtime bento box. Don’t miss the adjacent traditional Japanese Heisei Garden, which offers calming scenery far removed from Tokyo’s hustle and bustle.
3-2-1 Kita-Kasai, Edogawa-ku
|Transport:||Nishi-Kasai Station (Tozai line)|
|Opening hours:||10am-4.30pm, Sat, Sun & hols from 9.30am; Nov-Feb until 4pm; from Jul 21-Aug 31 9.30am-4.30pm; closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)|