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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4.0a month ago
The zoo is big enough for a half day visit. It closes pretty early, so it's better to arrive before noon. There are restaurants inside but I don't recommend any of them. Don't taste very good and quite pricey.
Good animals collection, my favourite part is the avian area, those owls and falcons are so cute! And they have enough space inside of each cage, still sad, but they don't seem to be constrained by any means.
I know Ueno zoo is famous for its pandas but, the queue is insane and the pandas often hide somewhere you can't really see. Not a fan of panda anyway. Didn't want to waste my time, I just used my camera to zoom in and saw its chubby belly. That's it.
4.0a week ago
This place is huge... it’s a short scenic walk from the train station. The line to get in moves fast. Just when you think you seen it all there’s a who other side of the zoo by ueno park. You can either walk or take the train to get tot that side. Lots of food places. First time I seen elephants in doors. And the zoo is has warning signs out side of certain exhibits that warn foreigners of the possibility of contracting the bird flu because it exhibits contains birds and is in doors. That’s a good thing for me because that’s one of the questions asked coming back into the USA.
4.0a month ago
Centrally located, there are quite a few cafes and a Starbucks in Ueno park before entering the zoo. Admission price was really cheap: 600 ¥ for an adult. There was a considerably big line when we arrived, however it moves pretty quickly, tickets are purchased via a machine (similar to train tickets) which can display English. The zoo had a large variety of animals however I found the enclosures were very small for the size of the animals. I also found a lot of the animals were smaller in size by 20-30%. They don't look neglected, just small enclosures. To see the panda was a 180 minute wait when I entered the park, and a 120 minute wait when I left towards closing time, so get ready to wait if you want to see a panda.
3.03 weeks ago
The zoo has a wide variety of animals and is quite spacious but the enclosures themselves do not feel appropriate for the animals. Moreover, there was a 2 hour queue for the panda enclosure and we didn't even get to see them properly. We just hurried through as there were more people behind. On top of that, the pandas were in super small concrete enclosures. The polar bears were separated and were in the 36°C heat with no cooling.
4.03 weeks ago
Queues are long to see the panda, but if you go early, it's better.🐼 We arrived there 30 min after opening time and waited an hour to see the panda. Should have gone even earlier. Other animals are also cute! Enclosures are big and full of toys, I don't know what people are talking about.
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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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