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Ueno Zoo (Ueno Zoological Gardens)


latest topics of Ueno Zoo

Dad 'Lily' mother 'Shinsin', giant panda 'Shangshan' was born on June 12, 2017.
"Shan Shan" is the first panda growing naturally and steadily in the history of the giant panda that bred in Ueno Zoo from 1972.
From 130 days after birth, I can climb trees installed in the room, chasing after Sinsin with a small path, trying to gouge interest in eating bamboo, etc., what I can do is increasing day by day .
The public release of "Shan Shan" began on December 19, 2017.
Please visit the zoo and see the cute giant panda children.
※ Limited release time until the end of January 2018 (planned)
※ Viewing by lottery system until the end of January 2018 (planned)

History of Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoological Gardens was the first zoo in Japan and opened in 1882 as an attached facility of a museum under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce. The Ueno Zoo has been exhibiting various animals from around the world as a “living museum.”
While being a municipal zoo, we are also a zoo that represents Japan. In 1972, giant pandas arrived at the zoo to celebrate the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, bringing great excitement.
The Ueno Zoo has successfully bred many animals. By utilizing the breeding techniques which we have acquired over the years, the zoo works on exhibiting various animals in a fascinating way and conveys the importance of wildlife conservation while allowing the visitors to have fan.

Access from the airport to Ueno Zoo

▼From Narita Airport
Narita Airport → Keisei Ueno (Keisei Skyliner) , about 50 minutes
▼From Haneda Airport
Haneda Airport → Hamamatsucho (Tokyo-Monorail) → Ueno (Keihintohoku Line), about 40 minutes

Attractions of the Ueno Zoo

  • Ueno Zoo East
    • [East Area]
      The zoo, where the giant pandas await, is located on the hills of the Ueno Park among gigantic, thick trees.
      The gorillas and the tigers are exhibited in an environment made similar to their natural environment with planting tailored to their habitats.
      You can see elephants from various angles and can observe them in their sleeping areas, in their pool where they play with great intensity, or in their grazing area where they eat and sand bathe.
      You can find Japanese animals such as the Yezo sika deer, Japanese serows, and wild Japanese birds. You can also observe polar bears very closely and see their dynamic movements in the water. Near the polar bear area, you will also find seals that are from the same habitat as polar bears.
      We have replicated the habitats of bears that are widely found, from tropical to polar zones, such as sun bears, Japanese black bears, and brown bears, and you can see them hibernating in winter.
  • Ueno Zoo West
    • [West Area]
      In the area north of the scenic Shinobazu Pond, covered with lotus leaves and studded with islands, you will be able to see large and powerful animals such as giraffes, hippopotamuses, and rhinoceroses, as well as rare animals such as okapis, aardvarks, and shoebills.
      In the children’s zoo there are small animals and farm animals, as well as hands-on activities where visitors can interact with rabbits and guinea pigs.
      There is also a facility where more than 50 types of small animals are displayed. Small, nocturnal mammals are exhibited with day and night reversed, and we aim to develop the visitors’ understanding of how the animal kingdom works by letting them live in a similar environment with period of time divided.
  • Entrance fee at Ueno Zoo

    ・Adults (16-64) 600 yen
    ・Seniors (65+) 300 yen
    ・Students (13-15) 200 yen
    ・Children (0-12) Free

    Ueno Zoo's equipment

    [Restaurant & Fast Food]
    There are fast food stands and restaurants inside the zoo.
    You can buy hamburgers, snacks, various drinks, and soft ice creams at the fast food stands.
    The restaurants serve various meals such as curry and spaghetti.
    [Souvenir Shop]
    We have a wide range of souvenirs, mainly our original products, such as stuffed animals, candies, and stationery.
    ・Breastfeeding space available
    ・Baby beds available
    ・There is a toilet for children
    ・Baby carriage rental available 300 yen a day
    ・With coin locker

    * The following contents were edited by LIVE JAPAN by researching information disclosed on websites. Please use them for your reference.


    Opened in 1882, this was the first zoo to be established in Japan. There are about 400 different species and 3,000 animals kept in this zoo. The zoo is divided into two areas, the East garden where the popular giant pandas and the swimming polar bears can be seen, and the West garden where you can observe small animals like the aye-aye, which is rarely seen in Japan, and interact with guinea pigs and rabbits. At the Shinobazu Pond in the west part of the zoo, you can see various birds, and feel various animals living in the zoo very close by. Guided tours by led by expert staff are also held regularly. These tours will tell you about the diet of animals or how to distinguish a male from a female. It is a five minute walk from JR Ueno station Kouen exit.

    Location Information

    • Address

      9-83, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-8711

    • Nearest Station
      Ueno Station
      ・ Hokkaido Shinkansen Line
      ・ Tohoku Shinkansen Line
      ・ Akita Shinkansen Line
      ・ Yamagata Shinkansen Line
      ・ Joetsu Shinkansen Line
      ・ Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
      ・ JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
      ・ JR Yamanote Line
      ・ JR Tohoku Main Line
      ・ JR Utsunomiya Line
      ・ JR Takasaki Line
      ・ JR Joban Line
      ・ JR Ueno Tokyo Line
      ・ Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
      ・ Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
      Park Exit
      5 minutes on foot Keisei Ueno Station
      ・Keisei Main Line
      ・Narita Sky Access
      10 minutes on foot

    • Phone Number

      Our staff may only be able to communicate in Japanese.

    • Hours
      Tuesday 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Wednesday 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Thursday 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Sunday 9:30am - 5:00pm
    • Closed