Japan’s first zoo was established in 1882. The lush green eastern side of the zoo and the western part featuring
Shinobazu Pond are connected through the zoo monorail or reachable by walk. It is home to various animals, from giant pandas, Asian elephants, gorillas, tigers, to giraffes. The zoo’s recent popular attraction is the “ statue-like” shoe-billed stork that can remain still for hours long.

Sights to see

Giant Panda

Since two giant pandas, Kan Kan and Lan Lan, were gifted to the zoo in 1972 pandas have always been the most adored animal at the Ueno Zoo.
Their distinctive black-and-white coat and playful behaviors are what make these bears the visitors’ favorite. There are currently two giant pandas, Ri Ri and Shin Shin, which arrived at the Zoo in 2011. The giant pandas are endangered species: approximately 1,800 wild pandas inhabit Sichuan, Xianxi, and Gansu provinces of China, in bamboo forests at 1,300m-3,500m high. The Ueno Zoological Gardens runs the Giant Panda Conservation Support Charity to promote reproduction and conservation of the animal.

The Aye-Aye Forest

The forest exhibits animals native to Madagascar, including aye-ayes, (Ueno Zoo is the only Japanese facility that houses aye-aye), fossas, and other lemurs. The behaviors of nocturnal aye-ayes and their feeding habits can be observed in the indoor exhibition area, while sunbathing ring-tailed lemurs can be viewed from the Shinobazu Pond docks.

Polar Bear and Seal Oceans

Polar bear’ s dynamic underwater activities can be observed up-close, together with seals that are also living in the same natural habitat. Other animals sharing the area are sea lions and arctic birds.

Admission fees

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).


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).

*We have no parking lots, but there are toll ones in the vicinity.

Ueno Zoo


  • 9:30 - 17:00 (Last entry 60mins before closing)

  • Monday(closes Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday or Tokyo Citizen's Day [Oct 1]) and December 29 through January 1.

  • 9-83, Ueno Park, Taito-ku,

  • +81-3-3828-5171

  • Official website

Facility information

  • Established:1882

  • Restaurant & Café:Available
    West Garden Cafeteria
    Cafe Chameleon

  • Shop:Available
    Little Trunk
    Petit Chameleon

How to enjoy “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture”