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Updated: March 22, 2022

Machida Squirrel Garden 町田リス園

733-1 Kanai-machi, Machida City, Tokyo

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.

How to Get There

  • Machida StationJR LineOdakyu LineMachida Station North ExitKanachu bus20 min


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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-16:00

    *Changes depending on the season and/or time period
    *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
  • Closing days: TuesdaysNew Year's holidaysIf a scheduled closing falls on a public holiday, the facility will remain open on the holiday and close the next day.


General admission: 400 yen


Facility Info

  • RestroomsNon-smoking areasParkingWiFi
  • JapaneseEnglish
  • JapaneseEnglishChinese (simplified)
  • Disabled parkingAutomatic doorsHandrailsWheelchair rampMulti-purpose toiletDiaper changing facilitiesWheelchair loanBreast feeding room

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.