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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5.02 weeks ago
This zoo is one of a kind. Compared to the Zoos in America you can find some rather exotic animals. We came specifically to see the Panda Bears and weren’t disappointed at all! The line was long, but the way they organize it the staff had it moving quickly! There are many animals to see. Grabbing snacks and a bite to eat are also plentiful. I highly recommend visiting this area of Tokyo and going to the zoo. Pricing for the zoo is very budget friendly! The signs pointing to animals are also done in English so that helped a lot.
4.0a week ago
Spacious - so it's great if you enjoy walking. Do prepare for the weather, as there isn't really anywhere to hide! The only concern is the lack of activity area for the animals. Got to say they aren't the most lively bunch...not sure about the welfare of the penguins and polar bear under the scorching sun...
4.0a month 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.
2.03 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.
3.04 weeks ago
The variety of animals was impressing, as much as all the animals endemic to Japan. The monorail was really fun to use since you can appreciate a view of the zoo from the air. There was also some interesting constructions such as a golden pavilion. The only deceiving point was the size and quality of the enclosures for the animals. There was clearly a lack of space and of toys for the animals to have fun.
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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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