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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3.02 weeks ago
This place was more of a people zoo than an animal zoo. As soon as it opened on a weekday there were lines 20 people thick. Lots of school kids. Most of the enclosures were nearly impossible to see due to the amount of people. There was a fair amount of construction going on, and enclosures closed down/empty. Lots of garbage around and the food in the food court was not ideal. Fairly expensive for fairy mediocre. I wouldn't choose to come back to the zoo again if I was in Tokyo.
5.02 weeks ago
Had an amazing time at the zoo. The variety of animals maintained at the zoo simply amazes me. They are nurtured and well taken care of. Had really close encounters with many of my favourite animals and enjoyed exploring and expanding my knowledge on animals. The zoo is a great addition to the park and makes it very interested. Hats off to the staff for taking such good care of the animals and allowing us a unique experience.
5.0a month ago
Good variation of animals... tickets 600¥.
but need to pay extra money to see Big Panda which separately located... if you want to see that guy you must go early and get that extra ticket... zoo has 2 sides where separates by road.. you can use mono rail or bridge to cross the road.. mono rail cost 200¥. I recommend that because it’s another experience for people...
4.02 weeks ago
In the beautiful and historic Ueno. Quite a few animals I don't usually see at zoos. Not the nicest inside and animals don't have nice enclosures and there isn't much room, but we enjoyed seeing them all the same. Beautiful park/lake next door. Great eating facilities. Great value for money.
4.0a month ago
A nice zoo with a wild variety of animals. There is plenty of space for sitting down for a picnic - it is very normal for schools and nurseries to take the children to the zoo and sit down for a picnic. The animal cages are not as big as in the european zoo's like in London or Copenhagen. There are plenty of eateries around with reasonable prices and vending machines.
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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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