A natural park in the Kichijoji area. Popular among families and couples as a place they can enjoy the nature and culture of Musashino and interact with animals.
The Inokashira Park Zoo was opened in 1942. The park has two sections, the zoo (the main park) and the Aquatic Life Park (the branch park). In the zoo, there are more than 200 species of animals, including an Asian elephant, Hanako, who is the oldest zoo elephant in Japan, and Tsushima leopard cats that are designated as national treasures. Visitors can follow the Squirrel Trail, where Japanese squirrels live, and observe the inhabitants' movements at close range. About 180 guinea pigs are in the guinea pig petting area, which is very popular among visitors because they enjoy meeting these cute little mammals. The zoo staff is always available, so you can get support even if you are visiting the zoo for the first time. In the Aquatic Life Park, species such as Miyako-tanago, or Tokyo bitterling, which is Japan’s endemic species and is also designated a national treasure, a variety of Japanese freshwater fish, and amphibians are protected, bred, and exhibited. The park is a 10-minute walk from the Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, and the Keio Inokashira Line.