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Ueno Zoo, Taito

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#1 of 10 in Zoos & Aquariums in Tokyo
See more than 460 animal species at Ueno Zoo, the oldest zoo in Japan. Situated in a spacious public park, the zoo dates back to 1882 and features a monorail that will take you between various themed areas. You can admire a staggering variety of animals here, housed in enclosures that strive to imitate natural habitats. Meet the resident giant pandas, see the rare Sumatran tigers and lowland gorillas, view the pygmy hippos, and observe numerous other animals from all over the world. See Ueno Zoo and all Tokyo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    To make it simple! I wondered if it wasn't a Zoo without animals! The first part (Lion, Tiger, Panda) we saw nothing! The second part is much better with animals at each location
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  • August 12, 2017
    The zoo is very large and there are lots of animals to see. When you are tired there are many benches, drinking fountains and places to eat, so it is very organized. Some animals are kept inside where there is air conditioning (perfect for those who want to cool off when it gets hot!!). This zoo is a must see, beautiful experience!
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  • August 11, 2017
    There is so much to discover in Tokyo that I have somewhat regretted for taking the time to visit the zoo resembling very beautiful zoos that exist in Europe. This visit is nice but not essential.
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  • July 6, 2017
    The zoo was disappointing. Many of the animals pace for hours through their little rooms called "domain's." The turkey, clearly distressed, walked the same branch back and forth rarely eating the food. The armadillo was in an even smaller domain. It paced all around back and forth the same pattern and he didn't stop. It was heartbreaking and sad to see so many animals act in such a way. They make it seem that the smaller the animal, the smaller the domain needs to be but that is not necessarily true. The freedom of the animals are important. I sympathize the mirror cats as I watch their paws scrape the glass as an attempt to escape. I don't think coming to see the animals look so miserable made this trip very fun, but every so often there were animals who enjoyed their time here as you could tell the gorilla was being a show off. But when I see the sadness in them, I feel traumatized at the end of the day.
  • June 21, 2017
    Excellent zoo. Big by Japanese standards. Cheap entry fee especially considering the location, size and variety of animals at the zoo. Very happy we went. Will return also in future trips to the area.
  • July 4, 2017
    This is a nice zoo and I would recommend visiting. But it's animals arnt in the best condition, both in visible health and their enclosures. Most are kept alone in very very small areas where they have no room to be animals. All three of the meerkats on display had visible mats in their fur and fleas. Whilst it is a good place to visit too see more exotic animals like the panda (which sat in the same spot with its back to the crowd for 5 hours), be mindful of the condition of the animals. And if you feel like you're a wildlife warrior maybe skip this one, you will leave distressed.
  • June 13, 2017
    A great zoo with lots of animals to see. Signage in multiple languages including English and (if I recall) Chinese and Korean. The price is excellent as well. Great value for low cost, especially suitable for a family trip.
  • June 11, 2017
    Good place for children. Best park and zoo. All places are clean and animals are kept very clean. Do remember to carry caps and umbrella in summer. Big park so need one full day.

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