Ueno Zoo is one of the three zoos housing Giant Pandas and also the oldest zoological park in Japan. Located a short distance from the electronics/tourist centre of Akihabara alongside Ueno Park it’s easy to get to and thanks to a very low Y600 (under AUD10) admission price very affordable for even a short visit.
By now I’m sure every reader is familiar with my love for the Giant Panda. So with a trip to Japan coming up it’s only natural that I seek out the Pandas of Japan or JaPandas (I’m pretty sure that’ll stick as a name).
Pandas in Tokyo
If you’re heading for Japan it’s probably likely that you’ll be heading for Tokyo at some stage. Why not add some Black and White Panda love?
Tokyo is home to two Giant Pandas at the Ueno Zoological Gardens.
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.
Located in Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, the zoo is 5-10 minites’ walk from JR Ueno Station, Subway Ueno Stations (Ginza-line or Hibiya-line), Keisei Ueno Station, or Subway Nezu Station (Chiyoda-line).
The Zoo is home to Ri Ri and Shin Shin who arrived in 2011.
You can grab a PDF Map of the park to better plan your day.
The Zoo opens at 9:30am and closes at 5pm. The Zoo is not open on Mondays.
Admission is very reasonable (Correct at February 2016)
|Adults (16-64)||600 yen|
|Seniors (65+)||300 yen|
|Students (13-15)||200 yen|