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Ueno Zoo, Taito

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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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  • Visited May 2017 - it looks like a zoo that existed 40 years ago. Animals are contained in small enclosures that look like prison cells. Monkeys are located in a large concrete pit with a concrete mou...  more »
  • Our son very exited to meet the Panda and Polar Bear, though it was windy and rainy day. It's free for child under 12 yo to enter the zoo. We just come in a hurry bcoz it close at 5pm, beside we try t...  more »
  • Ueno Zoo was the best zoo we've ever seen....even beats our own Taronga Zoo here !! - the Panda scored most loved, but beautifully set out, clean, well signed, and animals we've never seen before- wit...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.