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Ueno Zoo opened as the first zoo in Japan in 1882. It is the most visited zoo in the country and a favorite destination of many families and tourists. There are about 400 kinds of animals living on the green premises, which include giant pandas, Sumatran tigers, and polar bears. You will be greeted by all types of animals here, from both cute and small to intimidating and large.
- 9-83 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from Park Exit of JR Ueno Station 10-min walk from Keisei Ueno Station on Keisei Main Line 12-min walk from Ueno Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Mondays, year end holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- Half a day
- Admission fee
- 600 yen for high school students and older, 200 yen for Junior high school students, free for elementary school students and younger
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Ever popular giant pandas
Giant pandas are the first to come to mind as the most popular animal in the zoo. They start eating breakfast around 9:30 am. From then on, they eat at intervals of every 2 hours. They repeat the pattern of eating, napping, and walking a little, and they finally return indoors around 3-4 pm.
Adorable Japanese monkeys
Ueno Zoo has a huge mountain dedicated to Japanese monkeys living in a group consisting of several dozen members. It’s a hierarchical society where the most powerful one reigns as the boss. Observing them groom each other or watching a young monkey playing a trick on the other has a heart-warming and almost soothing effect.
400 kinds of animals
A road divides the zoo into the East Garden and West Garden. In the East Garden, you will see many popular animals including pandas, monkeys, polar bears, tigers and elephants. The West Garden not only gives you access to penguins and kangaroos but also has a vivarium with amphibians and reptiles. There is a special monorail that connects both gardens.
Ueno Zoo is a part of Ueno Koen, one of the largest parks in Tokyo. The park is filled with other popular sites including a temple, a shrine and a pagoda. It is also well-known for beautiful cherry blossoms, so we recommend that you enjoy these other attractions after the visit to the zoo.