Ueno Zoo is Japan's oldest zoo established in 1882, next to the huge Ueno Park. The zoo is divided into the east and west sections, displaying 3,000 animals of some 500 species from around the globe. The most popular are giant pandas, a symbol of the 1972 normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.
The west part, adjacent to a pond with lily pads and swimming birds, features some African animals including giraffes, hipos and rhinos, and a variety of amphibians and reptiles. The east part has environments close to natural habitats, showing gorillas, tigers, elephants, bears, as well as Arctic animals such as polar bears and seals. The zoo is also attached with historical buildings like a five-story pagoda of the nearby temple.
PurposeFestivals,easily accessible,couple,kids,family,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 18.7km) Google Transit
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5.0a month ago
Beautiful zoo, well worth the visit if you are in Tokyo area. The entrance fee is only 600 yen. The line for seeing the giant panda was over 2 hours :( I will have to try and visit again with a shorter line. The lion was amazing to see, he actually roared while we were there. Amazing experience to see that in person. Quite scary and amazing!
5.0a week ago
Great experience. Some of the animals were unique. No live shows however as compared to the other ones. Giant panda is over hyped. After waiting for more than an hour you can see it either sleeping or hidden in some deep bamboo zones. Try to go somewhere around 12 pm or around 2.30 pm the waiting time reduces. Well spaced and quite organised otherwise. Kids will enjoy a lot.
5.0a week ago
Excellent value for the price, but note that the zoo can get rather crowded for that very reason (children under 12 are also admitted free of charge). If you’re interested in seeing the panda exhibit, be prepared to queue early and long — the line starts as soon as the park opens, and it quickly blows past the 60+ minute mark. (Bring an umbrella or some other source of shade as well, if it’s sunny — the queue forms in an open area exposed to the weather.)
5.0in the last week
Honestly I love animals! I love Zoo!! In this zoo you have too see the Panda Exhibit at first. Then you can see another spot of animal. I think in this zoo you can feel like seeing the Animal closer than the usually zoo.. that's why I really2 like this zoo!! And you have to try the ice cream inside the zoo it's really good!
1.0in the last week
The enclosures were a bit small for the animals in my opinion. The elephants, monkeys, polar bears, and big cats looked very bored. Where were their toys? They had nothing to do but pace and eat when the time came. It made me feel kind of sad. The lineup for the panda was over an hour so we didn't bother. I would hope that much of the money gained from the hundreds of panda paraphernalia would go back into the animal care, as it seemed the guests had much more room than them. One of the animals, the maned wolf had a big open sore on his shoulder that I hope is being taken care of. Preservation of animals is great, but the exhibits need to be the animals' homes, not their prisons.
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Animal Ueno came to feel that the Japanese really like the giant panda, and like than the Chinese. The Zoo may be because after the introduction of the giant panda of China is more popular. Giant panda breeding area is always constant, w...
Animal Ueno came to feel that the Japanese really like the giant panda, and like than the Chinese. The Zoo may be because after the introduction of the giant panda of China is more popular. Giant panda breeding area is always constant, whether adults or children are here to stay the longest. In addition to many other animals, I think it is worth watching for Zoo.
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