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Ueno Zoo

Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: Ueno Park, Taito 110-8711, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number:
+81 3-3828-5171
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

One of Japan's most beloved zoos, Ueno Zoo includes many unusual animals,...

One of Japan's most beloved zoos, Ueno Zoo includes many unusual animals, such as Hokkaido brown beans, Japanese macaques, and wild cormorants.

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Pleasant way to spend the afternoon

We visited the zoo on a Friday afternoon. With the lovely cool spring weather and sunshine, it ended up a really nice place for my 5- and 2-year-olds to have a picnic and a bit of... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ueno zoo is located inside Ueno Park which is literally right next to Ueno station. The entry fee is ridiculously cheap at only 600yen! We were given an English map and there were English signs and information about each animal. The enclosures were of the same high standard that we are used to in Australia, with ample space and a... More 

Thank Lauren C
Koronadal, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

the zoo was about ten minutes walk from jr ueno station. located in a corner of the huge ueno park. main attraction would be the pandas riri and shinshin. small but enjoyable to spend a morning walk. could be crowded as we visited the zoo on a sunday.

Thank allan_y1965
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After a stroll at Ueno Park we headed to Ueno Zoo to see Shin-shin and Ri-ri (the star pandas of the zoo)! Unfortunately we came too early - they were still sound asleep! Oh well. There were also other interesting animals to visit - gorillas, bears, a polar bear, seals and sea lions, elephants, tigers and lions. All in all... More 

1 Thank Tin Q
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really cheap entry price so we visited here, we didn't stay long and left feeling low. The animals are clearly in distress, they are very skinny and in enclosures far too small for them. A black bear in particular was walking around in a circle showing obvious signs of distress, there was another enclosure with a huge bear that just... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the zoo on a Friday afternoon. With the lovely cool spring weather and sunshine, it ended up a really nice place for my 5- and 2-year-olds to have a picnic and a bit of a runabout. It's a functional zoo (disclaimer: I come from Singapore, and our Mandai Zoo is really top-notch) and the animal exhibits are simply... More 

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Manchester UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The entry fee was modest and the zoo has a large collection of animals and nice mono rail ( if you have children) - only aspects that my daughters and I thought was disturbing was to see Polar bears outside in the heat of summer ( we visited in August) and small enclosures for the large animals such as Rhino... More 

Thank WayneRManchesterUK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Now, by a bit tired i mean the animals. I've seen the best zoos in the world and this one had some sorry, sick, half dead animals in it. It was a bit sad...emotional sad not crummy sad. The elephant was emaciated and shaky. It did have one or two Asian animals i'd never seen before and to see the... More 

1 Thank Aoi T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The zoo was very close to our hotel so easy to reach but its also close to Ueno's main train station (about a 5 minute walk through a lovely park). I took my daughter on a Wednesday afternoon after reading reviews saying it wasn't particular good but ok for an hour or 2. We spent 3 hours there before closing... More 

Thank alittlesodd
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just visited this zoo today with our 6 and 8 year olds. We had a nice outing - of course the giant panda is their main attraction with the longest lineups (but very well controlled, as with most Japanese things and we were able to take good pictures) We also liked the sea otter habitat as it had a... More 

Thank mkaz_12
Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Ueno Zoo because I was desperate to see the pandas - and, that was a really fantastic experience. But I cannot give this zoo more than one star, many of the animals were in extremely poor conditions, the meerkats in particular had a tiny enclosure and all had horribly matted fur. It was heartbreaking to see so... More 

Thank Janine R

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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