I went to Ueno Zoo after going to see the Cherry Blossoms. It wasn't too crowded, which was a nice change. It has a very nice layout, and has several species, several of which you will not see in the average zoo in the United States.
I was disappointed that I was unable to see the Giant Panda. I also was somewhat concerned with some of the animals that seemed to be agitated--for example, the two polar bears that kept on pacing for the entire 15 minutes that I watched them. However, all the animals seemed to be well cared for, and some stood out as impressive and exotic. The tiger and bear displays were impressive, and the red panda was adorable.
I went to see the Giant Panda, but I was disappointed when I got in I was informed that he died 2 years ago.
But this zoo still is the best Zoo in Tokyo. Found many other animals to get some photos and it has a huge park with Lotus Flowers (but i couldnt see the Lotus flow coz its not the right season). Its much better if you go with a kid with you, they love the Mini-Farm place.
The Ueno Zoological Gardens were an excellent way to spend an afternoon, and was big enough to take up an entire afternoon with premises large enough to warrant a west side, an east side, and a monorail connecting the two. The entire zoo is not limited to animals, however; there are many restaurants, cafes, ice cream and popcorn stands, and photo opportunities to be enjoyed, as well as a picturesque lake with its own extensive seating area. The zoo’s main gate is on the east side, across from the park entrance near Ueno Station. We managed to see every exhibit except for the penguins (how ever did we miss those?) and had a great time. The only downsides were the crowds and that the zoo keeps some of their larger animals in proportionately small rooms (due to the weather, cleaning, or something else) which added to crowding and lack of photo opportunities.
I went for the panda, but fell in love with the rest. Ling ling, the Chinese panda, is the absolute star and crowd-pleaser at the Ueno zoo. If in doubt, just check out the souvenir stands and you'll realize that most of them have to do with pandas.
It was my first time to see a panda, and somehow I pictured them differently (cleaner and whiter for one) and was sort of disappointed at the whole hype surrounding these bears and their breeding efforts.
On the other hand, the other inhabitants of Ueno were totally fun to watch. The bear mountain delivers what it promises, while the Africa section has huge hypos, giraffes, rhinos and other massive animals. The rhino almost peed on us, while the gorillas were incredibly human-like.
A first for me was the "world of night" section. After descending into a cave and once your eyes adjust to the dim lighting, you get to see all kinds of animals that only come out at night (mostly different kinds of rats) or that live underground in perpetual darkness. This was absolutely fascinating as I had never even thought of all these creatures and their lifestyles.
There are few pandas left in the world, and Ling ling is still worth coming for. But, there's much more in store at Ueno than the pandas!
Lions, tigers, and bears, Oh my! The Ueno zoo has it all. They carry a wide variety of animal from all over the world. Your chances of finding your favorite animal here are quite good because it seems that they have acquired many of the favorite animals from the world. Ueno zoo is also very foreigner friendly. They have guide books in several different languages including English and on each cage there the English name is labeled. There is a bird house and various other bird cages scattered throughout the park near all the other animals. My favorites were probably the gorillas or the tiger. When I went to see the tiger, it was through a large glass panel that separated me from his pen and when I was there, he decided to give me an up close exclusive chat because he paced back and forth only inches away from me. You can get pretty close to the family of elephants and maybe if you're lucky, one of the sea lions will swim close to you. Bear hill was quite interesting because of all the different sorts of bears they had. Of course they have monkeys and hippopotamuses and like all zoos, plenty of ice cream and stuffed animal shops. The Ueno zoo is definitely worth a visit just to see all the animals that are either native to Japan or found else where in the world.