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
The Ueno zoo is a very nice place to go for a family trip or even for a date, since it's not just a zoo, it is also partly a park~ The price is very cheap compared to all the things you can see and do there.(600¥ adult, 200¥ children) The zoo also has a panda, who is a main attraction to many visitors, so be prepared to stand in line for a long time to see a panda for a few minutes. Sadly I was very unlucky and waited to 90min just to see a sleeping panda from afar. All in all a very nice place where you can spend a few hours without getting bored~
5.0a month ago
My son and I hate going to zoo. So, when my husband told us we should visit the zoo while we were in Ueno because the zoo is the oldest one in Tokyo (may be Japan), we just said yes. After visiting the zoo, we were all very impressed. The entrance fee is very cheap. The place is well maintained, very clean. Animals are well fed. We really enjoyed our time in this zoo. It’s not smelly like your typical zoo. This zoo is more like a Japanese garden. Lots of trees every where. The place is huge. If you decide to come here, it’s probably a 3-4hrs (at least) visit and make sure you wear a comfortable shoes. Lots of uphill walk 😅
Highly recommend it!!!!
4.0a week ago
Decent comprehensive collection of animals well kept here - they even kept many of the African animals like gorillas, giraffes, etc. inside rather than in their outdoor cages due to the recent cold winter of Japan. Too bad I missed them now but hopefully can see them mid next year. P/S: come earlier IF you want to see the giant panda in here. The queue for it can be super long.
5.03 weeks ago
The second time we came here, loved it.
Cheap Price compares to what we can see.
Nice place in the winter for having a stroll.
The pandas were the most famous animal in the zoo, got a very long queue.
1.0in the last week
I am very disappointed in this zoo and the positive reviews. It was a cement jungle where the animals looked unhealthy and miserable. Most of the typically social animals were by themselves. The Tiger looked way too skinny. The hippos had visible sores and eye infections. The Rhinos had sores. The majority of the enclosures were outdated and the bird enclosures looked rusty. Some of the enclosures looked unclean and smelled so bad even at a distance. I wish I hadn't believed the reviews and supported this zoo with our entrance tickets. We did not buy any food or souvenirs at this zoo. Unless they make some big changes to the treatment of these animals we will never go back. To see the animals this way was heartbreaking.
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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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