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The animals at this zoo in Hino City (an hour by train from central Tokyo) are displayed in a more natural setting than at Ueno Zoo. Built over several low hills, Tama Zoo is divided into three ecological areas: Asiatic, African and Australian. The main attractions include koalas, lions in a ‘safari’ setting and, above all, a huge insectarium with butterflies, beetles and other creepy-crawlies. Enjoy the sensation of butterflies coming to rest their weary wings on your hand.
7-1-1 Hodokubo, Hino-shi
|Transport:||Tama Dobutsu Koen Station (Keio line)|
|Price:||¥600, junior high students ¥200, free for children aged 12 or younger. Free entry May 4-5, Oct 1.|
|Opening hours:||9.30am-5pm, closed Wed (Tue if Wed is a holiday)|