Ueno Zoo (9-83 Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo) — Ueno Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in Japan. Founded in 1882, it has grown over the years, expanded its area to 14.3 ha (35.2 acres) and been the flagship of the Japanese zoo world. Now it’s home to over 2,600 animals from 464 different species and provides visitors with learning experience about the diversity of animals as well as fun and enjoyment. In its long history, Ueno Zoo has received numerous animals from abroad. In 1972, the first giant pandas arrived from China to Ueno Zoo. Ueno Zoo has been cooperating with Beijing Zoo (China), and San Diego Zoo (USA) in the breeding of wild giant pandas.
Along with its Tama Zoological Park (which has animals from all over the world – from African elephants to Indian rhinos and Japanese Yezo brown bears), there’s also a 2,200-ton tank that acts as a “sea life park” (displaying tuna and other freshwater & marine life).
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (closed on Monday). Admission: ¥600 (adult from age 16), ¥300 (seniors), ¥200 (students ages 13-15), free for children up to 12 years old.