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Updated: October 1, 2019

Ueno Zoological Gardens 東京都恩賜上野動物園

9-83 Ueno Park, Taito City, Tokyo

A remarkable collection that runs from giant pandas to endangered turtles

As well as being Japan's oldest zoo, the Ueno Zoological Gardens (or simply Ueno Zoo) has achieved legendary status in Japan for its giant pandas and success at breeding them. Besides the giant pandas, you'll have the opportunity to see an extensive collection of animal species, from Sumatran tigers and Indian lions, to western lowland gorillas, South American tapirs, and polar bears.

Tips

  • Ueno Zoo's most celebrated family, Ri Ri, Shin Shin and their new panda cub Xiang Xiang
  • The petting zoo, perfect for young children
  • The zoo's historic five-story pagoda and 17th century teahouse

Home to over 2,500 animals from 350 different species, Ueno Zoo is Japan's oldest zoo, founded in 1882. The zoo, attached to the north of Ueno Park, is split into two sections, a west and east park with varying collections of animals. The two areas are connected by a bridge.

In the east area you'll find Japan's most famous couple, the giant pandas Ri Ri and Shin Shin and their cub Xiang Xiang. Also in the east park are Asiatic elephants, a wide collection of bears and greater mammals such as gorillas, tigers and lions.

The west area is home to the petting zoo, which is a must-visit if you have young kids who'd like to get hands-on with the animals. The west park also focuses on animals from the African continent: rhinos, hippos, giraffes and zebras, and is home to the Small Mammal House and Reptile and Amphibian House.

You'll find a five-story pagoda and 17th-century teahouse in the east half of the park. While the facilities are not open to the public for tea ceremony, they add a suitably Japanese touch to this historic zoo.

How to Get There

  • Ueno StationJR LinePark Exit5 min on foot

Contact

Opening Hours

  • 9:30-17:00
    TuesdaysWednesdaysThursdaysFridaysSaturdaysSundays

    *Changes depending on the season and/or time period
    *Last entry 60 minutes before closing
  • Closing days: MondaysNew Year's holidaysIf a scheduled closing falls on a public holiday, the facility will remain open on the holiday and close the next day.

Price

General admission: 600 yen

Facility Info

  • RestroomsDining facilitiesNon-smoking areas
  • JapaneseEnglishMandarin ChineseKorean
  • JapaneseEnglishChinese (simplified)Korean
  • ElevatorMulti-purpose toiletDiaper changing facilitiesWheelchair loanStroller loanBreast feeding room

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.

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