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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5.03 weeks ago
I went for the zoo. Stayed for the Pandas and fell in love with the Polar bears! Pandas, yeah, yeah. Atlanta zoo is more impressive. Zoo stuff, Berlin has them beat by a long shot.
Nowhere else have I seen happier Polar bears. But the best part is the many, many angles from which you can watch them play!
You can be a pane of fiberglass away. You can see them from underneath! Watch them dive for fish. Observe the (scary) power of their bodies. So many vantage points. I'm not a big zoo lover, although some are so much better done than others, but if the goal is to make me care about a species and their habitat and survival, then mission accomplished! I have seen polar bears before, but only now did I truly get it. Not just academically get it, but really, really get it. As much as I believe these bears should be in their natural environment, I do care more about them just through this zoo visit!
4.0in the last week
Some animals exhibit closed at 4 pm. Walking around the zoo takes full day so be well prepared to come early.
Panda exhibit, has to queue up to see and it depends if they want to show themselves. So you may see them for just a few second and they move inside.
There are orange flamingos.
Polar Bears are cute. The younger one knows to play with people.
Good place for children.
There are shops and restaurants.
5.0in the last week
Super worth it for the price. Is a really clean and cool zoo, I've been to San Diego zoo but I like this one better, not because of the quantity of animals but because how close you can see them, I've never seen penguins from so close before. there is a big line to see the panda all the time, I didn't saw the panda, but the rest of the animals and experience was really good. Great for kids
5.0in the last week
It's very nice. It's quite accessible, there are many train lines near the area. I think the construction of the area was well thought. It's circular so you'll just walk to where the animals are. There are food stalls too.
5.03 weeks ago
This is the first zoo where I could see animals well treated, they even have a polar bear and he is extremely joyful.
I could take a couple of pictures with some animals (owls and elephants) actually smiling.
They also have bats, please follow the instructions regarding zero lights or any kind of illumination because that can damage those nocturnal animals.
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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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