Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo © Iry

Collection of rare animals

Ueno Zoo is a zoo located in Taito, Tokyo that opened in 1882 as Japan's first zoo. They have around 400 species of animals, including rare Sumatran tigers and Western lowland gorillas. The zoo is divided into eastern and western sections. The eastern side exhibits Japan's wild birds and animals, as well as exhibits involving giant pandas, tigers, bears, polar bears, seals, elephants, and more. Ueno Zoo is famous as the first zoo that housed panda bears in Japan, and they have even successfully bred males and females. The western side is located on the north side of the Shinobazu Pond. They mainly showcase smaller animals here such as reptiles. The zoo is closed on Mondays and from Dec 29 - Jan 1. On holidays that fall on Monday, the zoo will be closed the following Tuesday. For elementary school students admission is free. On May 5 (Children's Day) junior high school students may enter for free, and from September 9-15 entry is free for one person of 60 or older.


By train, the JR East line's Ueno Station (上野駅) or Keisei's Keisei Ueno Station (京成上野駅) are closest. By subway, take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Lines to Ueno Station, or the Toei Oedo Line to Okachimachi Ueno Station (上野御徒町駅). By car, the Metropolitan Expressway No. 1 Ueno Line's Ueno IC (上野IC) is the nearest interchange. There is no dedicated parking nearby so you must use nearby paid parking, or use the parking lot for Ueno Park. The parking lot for Ueno Park is open from 9:00 to 23:00 and charges 400 yen for the first hour and 200 yen for every 30 minutes after that.

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Description: Ueno Zoo

Sights Ueno Zoo (上野動物園)
Address 9-83 Uenokōen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3828-5171 / Fax: 03-3828-6475
Duration 4Hour(s)
Business Hours Tuesday:09:30-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Wednesday:09:30-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Thursday:09:30-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Friday:09:30-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Saturday:09:30-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Sunday:09:30-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Closed dates Monday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 600yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Ueno Zoo