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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5.0a week ago
A must visit if you are in Tokyo.
Me and my girlfriend visits the ueno zoo in 2018 In December. They have so much to see. You can easily spend a day in there. The ticket price are very cheap, around 600 yen pr person. The best zoo I have ever been in considering the price you pay for. So if you are in Tokyo. go and visit it now
4.03 weeks ago
Nice public zoo at the center of Tokyo city.
Access can never be a problem for this place.
Overall it was a good experience. Probably it is the only place near my residence where I can find a Chinese Panda. My kid really lived watching them play but since it was crowded back then when I visited we could hardly stay and enjoy Panda’s activity, so little bit disappointed on that.
Else, a good picnic spot to spend a day’s time. Food court is good.
Zoo is divided into West and East sections.
We especially loved the west section with lots of reptiles and other asia-pacific animals.
I recommend this to visit on a cloudy day otherwise it will be really hard to walk through the zoo.
5.0a month ago
Loved visiting the Ueno Zoo. The zoo is very big and has a lot of different animals. Of course they have panda which are awesome to see but remember that is not the only thing to do at the zoo. A must do if visiting Tokyo.
4.05 months ago
All-in-all it was a good zoo and a great experience (especially at ¥600). It's a good size but one can complete it writing 90 minutes, which is good so one can make multiple rounds or check back on previously inactive animals.
The one thing keeping it from a 5 star experience is that many of the exhibits are just too small. They used vertical space well, but there were many cases where a cage could easily be expanded to allow the animals more space or let them hide if they want. Generally all the animals seemed healthy and happy but a few were getting stressed by the end of the day.
Generally, though, it's a great way to spend the afternoon.
5.04 months ago
Great zoo with lots to see. The giant panda exhibit is fun, and the tigers, gorillas, and bears are always exciting to see up close. Compared to American zoos it is extremely affordable both in entry price and in-park food & gift shops. Some of the bigger African exhibits close earlier than the rest of the park, so make sure to hit those early in the day if you want to see Giraffes, Elephants, Rhinos or others.
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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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