Monday, October 18, 2010

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo
A good way to spend a Sunday morning in Japan is to visit the Ueno zoo.
The zoo, founded in 1882, is the oldest and most famous in Japan, and is home to over 2600 animals.

Currently the most popular areas are the gorillas and bear, due to the cute baby gorilla and bear born this year.

tea house at ueno zoo
There are two historical structures inside the zoo, a tea house built in the 17th century and a five-stories pagoda, built in 1631. Additionally there is a Thai pavilion, a gift from the Thai government.

There are farm animals in the “fureai” or touch area, where children can touch the animals.

The zoo due to his convenience is always crowded, so arriving early or in weekdays is recommended.



AdelaideBen said...

The Japanese loooove their zoos... and yet, by and large I've found them to be pretty prison-like places. Ueno Zoo looks pretty good though.

Have you been to others to compare with?

island4jp said...

It's not bad, specially for the popular animals.
One of my favorite zoos is the Izu Shaboten park, a small park in Izu where many of the animals wander freely (still can't figure out how they keep the small monkeys in the park as the fence is lower than the park trees where they freely roam).

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