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Machida Squirrel Garden
Machida Squirrel Garden


Machida Squirrel Garden 町田リス園

How to Get There

  • From Haneda Airport, take the Keikyu Line and get off at Yokohama Station. Transfer to the JR Yokohama Line and get off at Machida Station, and then take the bus.

Get up close to some of Tokyo’s cutest locals

Machida Squirrel Garden is an outdoor enclosure tucked away in the quiet residential neighborhood of Machida, about half an hour south of Shinjuku by train. Populated by around 200 adorable, very energetic squirrels, here you can see the cute bushy-tailed critters up close as you stroll through their quaint neighborhood dotted with small, colorful squirrel houses.

To draw the squirrels in, buy a bag of seeds from the front desk. They’re not shy, so don’t be surprised if they try to eat straight out of your hands. The garden is also home to some other adorable occupants including guinea pigs, tortoises, rabbits, chipmunks and prairie dogs. If you want to play with them, ask about their "encounter times" at reception.


Opening Hours

  • 10:00-16:00 Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    10:00-17:00 Sundays, holidays (Apr-Sep)
  • Operates irregular/seasonal opening hours






Discounts available for groups

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms
  • disabled parking | automatic doors | handrails | wheelchair ramp | baby changing facilities | wheelchair loan | breast feeding room

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