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“Some good - a lot of bad”
Review of Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo
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$50.22*
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Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #15 of 358 things to do in Taito
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of Japan's most beloved zoos, Ueno Zoo includes many unusual animals, such as Hokkaido brown beans, Japanese macaques, and wild cormorants.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 19, 2014

First the good stuff: This is a very centrally located zoo in Tokyo , easy to get to with the Subway and in the middle of a beautiful park. It also is very reasonable priced in entry fee, and has a very large amount of animals to view. Perhaps too many. Some animals have good conditions to live in with spacious enclosures and plenty to keep them occupied. As everywhere in Japan it is very clean.

The bad is related to the living conditions for a large amount of the poor animals. The space allotted to the Hippos is disgraceful. Such a large creature in such a small space is nothing if not plain cruel.
When a zoo chooses to display these impressive animals it must take measures to ensure they are well kept. Taking a look a my home zoo of Copenhagen or even the one in Berlin shows how this should be done. The paradox is that there is actually lot of unused space in the zoo area- mainly set aside for humans to walk or sit. Much more than needed - it is mostly empty space. So perhaps this could be used for improvements for the animal spaces? Until then I certainly cannot recommend a visit - for me: it just made me very sad.

Thank nikolai69
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

...on a nice day if you're fed up of museum and gallery stomping in Ueno. It's not expensive, the route round is a pleasant walk and they do have many of the "Big hitters" animal wise. It's a wee bit dated as zoos go and I wonder about the quality of some of the animals' environments.

Given the price you'd pay to see giant pandas (personally I thought their red panda was more entertaining, but that's just me) in other zoos (Washington excepted) it's good value.

Within its limitations, a nice zoo, worth a visit.

Thank Heidbummer
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

In our last day of five day trip to Tokyo, we decided to take it slow by visiting Ueno zoo that was not far from our hotel. With entrance ticket that does not cost much than lunch inside the zoo, you will return to the past to become kids again enjoying watching those amazing animals. We did not realize that we spent almost four hours inside. Definitely worth than some zoos in some countries that are over-rated.

1  Thank Mediko A
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

A nice zoo that is very kid friendly however a bit crowded. The pandas were great and the best attraction there in my opinion. The animals are most active and photogenic at the feeding times so try to find out the times for the different animals to see them best. To get to the zoo, you need to walk through the Ueno park which is very beautiful and full of cherry blossoms at end of March.

Thank Steven W
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Big zoo plenty of animals including giant panda which are very rare though very crowded. But to be expected

Thank Michael W
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