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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4.03 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.
5.02 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.
2.02 months ago
We would have loved to love this zoo but, unfortunately, even the renovated enclosures are small and most of the animals don't appear to be very happy. The facilities are good - the zoo cafes and restaurants are great. The setting is lovely. But it doesn't compare with other zoos we have been to in terms of animal welfare.
5.05 months 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!!!!
5.03 months ago
Great place to spend a few hours with kids. This zoo is near from city center, and is arranged within a compact region making it easier to enjoy a quick tour. The information available near each animal's cages are good educational materials as well.
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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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