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.
In its long history, Ueno Zoo has received numerous animals from abroad. In 1972, the first giant pandas arrived from China to Ueno Zoo. We have been cooperating with Beijing Zoo (China), San Diego Zoo (US), and Chapultepec Zoo (Mexico) for conservation and breeding of wild giant pandas. After Ling Ling's death in 2008, Ri Ri and Shin Shin arrived at the zoo in 2011.
In the "Gorilla Woods" and the "Tiger Forest," you experience the thrill of facing nose-to-nose with those amazing wildlife. In an effort to breed endangered species, we have organized nationwide and worldwide zoo networks and share experience and knowledge of animal husbandry and management.
The Five-storied Pagoda and the tea ceremony house give the zoo a Japanese touch. The pagoda was built in 1631, rebuilt after destruction by fire, and in 1958 the owner, Kan'ei-ji temple, gave the pagoda to Tokyo Metropolitan Government, who assigned its management to Ueno Zoo. The tea ceremony house was built to entertain Shoguns in 17th century, and it stills stands as a historic structure in the zoo ground.
Take a short ride by Monorail to the west lower area. Small children love the Petting Zoo. Okapis from San Diego Wild Animal Park and aye-ayes from Tsimbazaza Zoo (Madagascar) are quite rare species, which came to Ueno Zoo as a part of international breeding cooperation. We have succeeded in breeding of aye-ayes as well as pygmy hippos, which are also endangered in the wild.
In the Small Mammal House, you'll find the wonder of nocturnal animals. In 1999, the Vivarium (Reptile and Amphibian House) has been completed, where world's rare fishes, crocodiles, turtles, snakes and frogs can be seen in the green house.
Shinobazu Pond in the West Are is a unique habitat for wild common cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo, which once were seen everywhere in Japan, but now are endangered.
East Area: Pheasants, red pandas, snow owls, raptors, Sumatran tiger, Indian lions, western lowland gorillas, gibbons, Bird House, dholes (red dogs), Nocturnal House (mouse deer, leopard cats, slow lorises, bats), cranes, California sea lions, bears (polar bears, Hokkaido brown bears, sun bears, and Japanese black bears), birds of Tokyo, Asiatic elephants, monkeys (Japanese macaques, white-mantled black colobuses, ruffed lemur, ring-tailed lemurs, black-handed spider monkeys), llamas, capybaras, South American tapirs, American bisons, prairie dogs, etc.
West Area: African animals (white rhinos, hippos, pygmy hippos, giraffes, zebras, okapis), maned wolves, aardvarks, Hoffmann's two-toed sloths, gray gentle lemurs, aye-ayes, Small Mammall House (rodents, bats, armadillos, hedgehogs, porcupines, nocturnal animals), Vivarium (galapagos tortoise, saltwater crocodile, green iguana, geckos, corn snakes, Japanese pond turtles, Burmese pythons, and other reptiles and amphibians), waterfowls (common cormorants, mallards, black-headed gulls, European pochards, crested screamers, puffins, Inca terns, scarlet ibises, sacred ibises, fulvous whistling ducks), Children's Zoo (guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, miniature horses, donkeys, cows, llamas, goats, sheep and other domestic animals), etc.
Visitor Information
Hours and Days Open
Ueno Zoo opens 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.

Exceptional opening days and hours: We open irregularly on some Mondays as well as on Tuesdays even if Monday is a public holiday. In summer, the zoo closes later than 17:00 (see more details below).

  [Schedule between April 2013 and March 2014]
     *The zoo opens on the days below even if it is Monday, or Tuesday after a holiday:
                 April 1, 15, 29, 30
                 May 6, 13, 27
                 July 16, 29
                 August 12, 26
                 September 16, 23
                 October 14, 15
                 November 4, 5
                 December 23, 24
                 March 3, 17, 31
     *The zoo closes at 18:00: April 27-29, and May 3-5
     *The zoo closes at 20:00: August 10-18

(The Vivarium and the Small Mammal House close at 16:15.)

Please call +81-3-3828-5171 for information and update.
Adults (16-64) 600 yen
Seniors (65+) 300 yen
Students (13-15) 200 yen
Children (0-12) Free
*Free for junior high school students living in Tokyo or attending schools in Tokyo.
*Groups of 20 or more paying individuals are entitled to a 20% discount providing the group enters together through one entry at one time.
*Free admission for the disabled, and one assistant per disabled person.
*The admission is free on March 20 (Ueno Zoo's Anniversary Day), May 4 (Greenery Day), and October 1 (Tokyo Citizens' Day).
Zoo Map
Click here for a printable PDF map.
Guided Tour
Enjoy a 45-minute tour with the zoo guides. They show the wonder of wildlife and answer your questions. The tour is scheduled twice a day.
Portable Information System
Our portable information device (Ubiquitous Communicator) guides you through the zoo. Click here for more information.
Guest Services
Gift shops, snack bars and restaurants. Baby strollers, coin-operated lockers, and wheelchairs (non-motorized) available.
We have no parking lots, but there are toll ones in the vicinity.
Location and directions
Ueno Zoo is easy to get to from anywhere in Tokyo. 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).
Address: Ueno Zoo, 9-83, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8711, Japan
Phone: 03-3828-5171
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