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.
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Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 18.7km) Google Transit
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4.02 weeks ago
The Zoo operates up to 5PM but tickets are sold until 4PM only. And if you're gunning to see the giant panda, allot and come 45min earlier for queue.
One particular staff of the zoo really was very helpful, she's in the pic with me here. Her help made a huge difference for my kids...
If you don't mind doing me a favor, when you're there, tell her we really appreciated her help and are very thankful.
A beautiful zoo... Excellent crew.
2.02 months ago
As a zoo it is what most people would expect, a wide variety of animals. A few of the animals had decent enclosures in terms of both size and structure such as the lion or the reptiles. However many animals were cooped up in tiny cages with little to nothing in them such as many of the birds, kangaroos and monkeys, and especially the elephants! The polar bear enclosure was spacious but it didn't seem like they were being cared for well as it was 30 degrees Celsius at the time of visiting and there was nothing cooling provided for them. The penguins also did not have much space especially to swim properly as they should do. Although many of the smaller reptiles and amphibians seemed well looked after and had decent enclosures, the six foot crocodile stuck in a tiny portion of water and rock was definitely struggling. Much more space and care is needed for these animals. Understandably some animals may have to spend their life in a zoo for health reasons or for breeding programs for conservation. But there are many animals which did not need to be there such as the monkeys, lion, tiger, and many birds. I know it's a zoo, it's designed for entertainment but I hope in future we are able to prevent unnecessary captivation of animals. Lastly, there definitely needs to be more staff in the zoo, many are needed just as crowd control. I went on a weekday at a less busy time but even then many children and even some adults were being incredibly loud, tapping and banging on the glass of animals enclosures causing the animals much distress, this must be tackled.
The zoo did make a clear effort in terms of conservation, especially with the giant pandas, and with informing the general public about species and what can do to help them.
1.03 weeks ago
If you care for animals do NOT come here. The enclosures are small for many of the animals and some of the animals were clearly stressed out and unable to go to a safe spot. Some enclosures were decently sized for the animals but most were not (crane, elephant, hippo, snapping turtle etc). Some of the animals also had no water on a humid day or the swimming area had no filtration, extremely dirty or in some cases the water was almost non existent.
Zoos are meant to be a fun experience but I felt stressed out looking at most of these animals.
4.0a month ago
There were a few animals I had never seen before visiting this zoo. Pandas! The enclosure is guard and secure, it's kinda hard to see them well as they keep even the enclosed at a distance. Polar bear! Amazing enclosure, can see everything going on, including underwater, although it does feel small. Red pandas! Cool tree/climb enclosed in the middle of walkway intersections. Overall the grounds of this zoo are pretty cool and you should see something you perhaps haven't before, although like any zoo, enclosures are small for these animals especially as they are in Japan.
5.03 weeks ago
I've been twice now to Ueno zoo and I adore it. We were a little late this time so sadly we missed the panda exhibition, which closes much earlier due to the long queues. However, there are some fantastic birds to see (including our favourite, the secretary bird) and the Monkeys, Bears and Tigers are also wonderful to view. We also missed the red panda as it was sick (get well soon) but despite having only a short time we enjoyed it very much!
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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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