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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
Description: 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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Pandas!

If you love pandas as much as i do then you must visit! It is a lovely zoo, with a wide variety of animals, it was one of the best days out for me! I much preferred it to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you love pandas as much as i do then you must visit! It is a lovely zoo, with a wide variety of animals, it was one of the best days out for me! I much preferred it to the zoo's i've visited at home as well. Make sure to have bug repellent on when you enter the reptile house... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The only good thing about this zoo was the price of it, I've never seen so many old enclosures and animals looking so depressed. I left feeling like a horrible person, and actually shed a tear. Not worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Fantastic zoo found in Tokyo, close to Akihabara (electric town). Perfect for family visits, friends or even great alone. The zoo homes almost any animal you can think of from polar bears to owls and even pandas. Admission starts at 9:30am Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays) and is only 600yen for adults and free for children 12 and under. From around 1pm... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I can't believe people have written good reviews here it was the cruellest experience of animals in captivity I have ever seen. All the cages were small yet there was lots of space not being utilized. The lions were in a very small enclosure and the otters pool was empty. The birds were in small cages by themselves all the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Fun 1/2 day trip. Many animals that are not in USA zoos are found here. Very nice nature area in the middle of Tokyo without feeling cramped. Loved walking around Ueno park also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

In principle I am not generally a fan of Zoo's but when I lived in Tokyo I visited this zoo several times, it is inexpensive to enter, is split into to halves it is generally in pretty good order and has just about everything your children could want to see and all in easy access of the city, the only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

The zoo is centrally located and always a hit with my kids. The price is also much lower than zoos in the US or Europe. The nearby park also rents paddle boats in the summer so overall a great day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

While Japan isn't exactly known for superior animal rights, it is a very nice zoo with plenty to see. Some animal enclosures are great, like the polar bear exhibit and the varvarium (all the reptiles, amphibians and fish) but many others seemed cramped.. if only there were less animals so that they could give each species more space to roam... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I went to see pandas, but was absolutely amazed by the size, the variety of the animals, the conditions they are kept in, the flow of the territory. When I see negative comments here, I fail to guess where they come from - except for the theory that I was lucky to visit the zoo, when there was almost nobody... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Nice variety of animals, however many were alone and quite noticeably lonely, bored and in enclosures with limited space and stimulation. Pretty sure a turtle was dead on the bottom of its tank. Most of the large animals were pacing back and forth on the sides of their enclosures. Left feeling sad for the animals.

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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.