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Japan Diaries: Ueno Zoo

ANIMALS! After almost two years we finally decided to visit Ueno Zoo.

Fun Fact: Ueno Zoo 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 its home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species.

The hesitation initially came from the reading bad reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, but after a few friends went to visit and only had good things to say about it, we decided to see for ourselves.

Verdict, it wasn’t THAT small. I read reviews of people comparing it to ones in the states which is silly. And the animals DIDN’T look like they were being mal-treated. However I do think that the later you go, the more it’ll seem that way because by that point the animals shows have already taken place, and it’s been a long day for them.

I wish we had visited earlier, because we ended up rushing around trying to find the giant pandas!

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Which led to being in a que with selfie stick probing, pushy visitors because it was almost closing time. My one piece of advice would be try and get there before 2PM, in order to see them all and enjoy your day.

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I had no idea Bats were so wriggly! Took ages to get a semi decent photo of them, and this doesn’t do them any justice at all. They were magical to watch.

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Other than seeing all the beautiful animals, another highlight of the zoo was their restaurant. It had a pretty sweet outdoor area, the food was standard (hot dogs, fries etc) but good value for money. You could get a meal for around 400 yen, the portions were typical Japanese, don’t go expecting piled high fries and German sized hot dogs!

We had a great time and definitely recommend a visit, not only in terms of value for money BUT also as a fun day out for families and tourists alike.

Open Days: 9:30 to 17:00 (tickets sold until 16:00) and closes every Monday (closes Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday or Tokyo Citizen’s Day Oct 1) and December 29 through January 1.

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

For more information including how to get there, check out their site, here.

Till next time.

 

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