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Ueno Zoo

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Address: Ueno Park, Taito 110-8711, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3828-5171
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Not the greatest Zoo

The only attraction this place are the panda and when I visit they weren't there because they were trying to made them. The rest of the zoo was average most of the the times I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
mnn17
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The only attraction this place are the panda and when I visit they weren't there because they were trying to made them. The rest of the zoo was average most of the the times I couldn't see any of the animals. I guess if you're going with kids it's ok, otherwise it was below standard.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoy nice zoos. The Panda's were awesome to see and the zoo is in a good area of Tokyo, BUT many parts of the zoo are very old. Some of the animals felt like they lacked adequate enclosures. It's great for kids, but I wouldn't plan a day around it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Look as far as zoo's go and I don't find them humane at all - this one was bad. The cages really stank (I nearly passed out at the bear enclosure). Unfortunately I was with my 6 year old daughter who hasn't quite grasped the concept of what a zoo is really like - she was just so excited she... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ended up spending almost a whole day here, there is so much to see and so many animals. It is a really well kept zoo that clearly cares for the animals and makes their environment as natural as possible. Definitely recommend a visit here for couples, solo or families!

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Poznan, Poland
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was used to that in european zoos animals are remote from people. In there they are very close. Amnd a lot of them. Pandas ! Great travel with local train !

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you care about animals at all, then it's not the place for you. It was sad to see that many animals which are sociable were in a small enclosure all alone. Yesterday I watched a lion, tiger, Hokkaido bear, Sun bear and an elephant pacing back and forth for ages. This is a sign of boredom and stress for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The zoo is cheap and quite large with many animals, but some of the enclosures are incredibly small, so many of the animals are pacing around their enclosures in a clearly distressed state. We ended up leaving early cause it made us so upset.

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Valparaiso Region, Chile
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really don't like Zoo bit I decided to because of the pandas. Most of the animals there where in small cages! I understand that in Japanse most places are really small but for animals!!? They were super stressed, no even the pandas had a proper place to be but they are so wonderful I never seen such beautiful animals.... More 

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Christiansted, St. Croix
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30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ueno Zoo is in the large Ueno Park in Tokyo. We went to see the two giant pandas, Ri Ri and Shin Shin. There they are, munching on bamboo. A handsome couple. Other features of the Zoo include beautiful and exotic birds, polar bear, lion, tiger, and others. Only 300 yen for seniors ($2.55).

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Alexandria, Virginia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in central Tokyo and desperate for a zoo, this is about your only option. Unfortunately many of the advances in zoo "technology" such a decent-sized enclosures have passed Ueno by leaving it rather depressing and out-dated. Recommend one of Tokyo's many aquariums as an alternative. Fuji Safari Park is further away and more expensive but worth the... More 

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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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