Machida Risu-en has a big enclosure with lots of grey squirrels who are not at all shy. There are also a few red squirrels, big and small tortoises, rabbits, groundhogs, guinea pigs, parrots, snakes, salamanders, and turtles. If you have kids or are an animal lover yourself, you can easily spend an hour or two feeding the squirrels and watching them play.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.