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 week ago
The zoo was clean and well-kept-maintained. I had fun even as an adult! It’s a bit big and requires a lot of walking especially if you’re going to the other side so dress comfortably!
4.02 weeks ago
It's a very good place and a must visit as a tourist in Japan. In the zoo you can see a lot of exquisite animals! However if you go at the weekend, the waiting line for the Panda is too long. I really wished I could have been able to see the famous Panda, but I can't wait that long. It didn't seem to bother the locals though. The long waiting line. In addition to the exquisite animals, you can find some interesting architectures. Traditional Japanese architecture and even Thai architecture. If you are hungry you can eat at one of the few restaurants in the zoo. However, it's better to have food at one of Tokyo's largest food markets, just a few minutes away from the zoo. Where you can eat some delicious sea food for a fairly reasonable price. You can argue it's a very cheap price compared to Tokyo. Going to Ueno zoo is a very pleasant experience. It's a must if you are visiting Tokyo. I personally enjoyed Ueno and would like to go there again. Not just for the zoo, but also for the amazing museums near the zoo, for the delicious food and to buy some interesting souviners. Going to Ueno is a highly recommended experience in Tokyo. I hope you have fun at Ueno.
4.02 weeks ago
The zoo is very good, and around 2 or 3 hours you can have a nice time there, but for the panda animal, you have to wait around 30 min to see the animal, as it a famous in Japan, and many people come to see it. The zoo has two parts connected by a train inside but unfortunately, till this moment, the train doesn't work, so you have to walk around in the bridge a little to see the second part of the zoo.
5.0a month ago
Absolutely amazing. Ueno zoo makes you feel like being in the North and five minutes later in the jungle. You can see incredible animals. Pandas, elephants, penguins, zebra, birds, everything. I'm amazed at how cheap it is, it costs an average Japanese lunch. (600Y).
5.02 months ago
Great zoo for only 600 yen. We were here for 4 hours and didn't have a chance to see everything because there are so many animals (didn't stand in the 1+hour panda line either).
The zoo closes at 17:00, but some of the more popular animals can't be viewed past 16:00 - Gorillas and Tigers for example.
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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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