A five-minute walk from JR Ueno station park exit, the Ueno Zoo covers 35 acres and is the oldest zoo in Japan.
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! The zoo houses these and much more, with more than 2,600 animals representing more than 400 species.
One of the more popular exhibits features the giant panda bears, which came to the zoo from China in 1972 during a time of improving relations between China and Japan. One of the most popular bears, Ling Ling, died in 2008, but in 2011 two new bears were brought in.
The zoo features a monorail that connects the eastern and western sides of the grounds. Take the kids to the petting zoo located in the west lower area and check out the tapis from the San Diego Wild Animal Park and aye-ayes from Tsimbazaza Zoo (Madagascar), both rare species.
Adults (16-64) 600 yen
Seniors (65+) 300 yen
Students (13-15) 200 yen
Children (0-12) Free
Closed Monday (Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday)
*The Vivarium and the Small Mammal House close at 4:15pm
*The zoo closes from Dec. 29 through Jan. 1.