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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5.0in the last week
I went for the zoo. Stayed for the Pandas and fell in love with the Polar bears! Pandas, yeah, yeah. Atlanta zoo is more impressive. Zoo stuff, Berlin has them beat by a long shot.
Nowhere else have I seen happier Polar bears. But the best part is the many, many angles from which you can watch them play!
You can be a pane of fiberglass away. You can see them from underneath! Watch them dive for fish. Observe the (scary) power of their bodies. So many vantage points. I'm not a big zoo lover, although some are so much better done than others, but if the goal is to make me care about a species and their habitat and survival, then mission accomplished! I have seen polar bears before, but only now did I truly get it. Not just academically get it, but really, really get it. As much as I believe these bears should be in their natural environment, I do care more about them just through this zoo visit!
5.02 weeks ago
An adorable and affordable zoo, with a surprising amount of "showstopper" animals (tigers, gorillas, pandas, etc). I also appreciated the "Local" section, which included mundane animals like squirrels and deer. As a solo traveler, it was easy to walk the full zoo in around an hour and a half, and based on the number of families and school groups, I assume it's great for young kids too.
4.0a week ago
Nice place for family, especially if you are looking for the panda. The lion and the tiger unfortunately looked tiny, perhaps the winter gets to them. Having said that this place is really kids friendly and exhibit not just the exotic animals, but also the common ones. The zoo even have house mice on display which is interesting as you don't see them normally in Zoos. Very interesting place.
3.0a week ago
Good zoo in a great location. Only criticism is that some of the enclosures for the animals seem far too small - a price that is paid for being located in central Tokyo I'd imagine. Worth a trip and their work with panda bears is commendable!
4.0a week ago
Excellent place for kids to enjoy animals and other nice creations. We enjoyed the Seal, dolphins and off course elephant babies! Panda should be more taken care. It looks very old. Anyway, overall we enjoyed a lot with our kids... It's a big area. So, all the day should be kept in hand for easy and enjoyable time....
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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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