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Updated: March 16, 2023
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city with a trip to Kasai. Bordering Chiba Prefecture, this eastern Tokyo town is home to the expansive Kasai Rinkai Park. Spend a day picnicking and hiking around the massive park grounds, then head to Tokyo Sea Life Park aquarium, which is located within the park, to view hundreds of species of colorful marine life.
The main access point for the general Kasai area is Kasai Station, accessible via the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. For the park and its attractions, the Kasai-Rinkai Koen Station on the JR Keiyo Line is most convenient.
From Haneda Airport: One hour by train, or 40 minutes by limousine bus to Kasai Station.
From Narita Airport: One hour and 45 minutes by train, or one hour by express bus services to Kasai Station.
From Shinjuku Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Takadanobaba Station. Transfer to the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and get off at Kasai Station. Travel time: 45 minutes.
From Tokyo Station: Take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line to Otemachi Station. Transfer to the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and get off at Kasai Station. Travel time: 35 minutes.
At approximately 778,000 square meters, Kasai Rinkai Park is one of Tokyo's largest metropolitan recreational areas. Spend an afternoon exploring the expansive grounds, which are home to a wild bird sanctuary, Ferris wheel, barbecue areas, and extensive walking trails.
Make sure to bring a camera to capture the beautiful sunset views from the Ferris wheel. For similarly impressive scenery, go to the Crystal View observatory. This two-story glass structure offers unobstructed views across the park.
The grounds are so expansive you may have trouble seeing the entire park in a single day. For those short on time, the park is even outfitted with a train line that runs around the area.
The entrance to Tokyo Sea Life Park aquarium, located within Kasai Rinkai Park, features a giant glass dome that can be seen from almost anywhere in the park. The aquarium is home to over 600 species, and is especially famous for its Pacific bluefin tuna and penguin exhibits. Adults and children alike will enjoy watching the powerful bluefin tuna swimming in groups, and the Humboldt, southern rockhopper, fairy, and king penguins frolicking about on land and underwater.
Located in Gyosen Park, this small zoo is home to giant anteaters, owls, red pandas, prairie dogs, wallabies, and Humboldt penguins. Younger visitors will also enjoy interacting with friendly rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and sheep in the Fureai Corner petting zoo. There is also an aquatic zone. Admission is free.
Edogawa Ward is also home to Shinozaki Pony Land and Nagisa Pony Land, where visitors can enjoy free pony riding and horse-drawn carriage rides. (Horse-drawn carriage rides are available only at Shinozaki Pony Land). Admission is free.