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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Attraction

Ueno Zoo 上野動物園

Home to pandas, gorillas and all creatures great and small

Opened in 1882, Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan. Complete with pandas, tigers, and gorillas, Ueno Zoo offers hours of family-friendly fun in the heart of Japan's capital.

Don't Miss

  • The giant pandas - the symbol of Ueno Zoo
  • The Kan'ei-ji Temple five-story pagoda
  • Shinobazu Pond and its migratory bird residents

How to Get There

Located in Ueno Park, the Ueno Zoo is easily accessible by public transport.

Ueno Zoo is a short, five-minute walk from Ueno Station, located on the JR Yamanote Line. Exit via the Park Gate and walk across the street into Ueno Park. The entrance to Ueno Zoo is inside the park. Ueno Station is only four stops from Tokyo Station.

Entrance to Ueno Zoo

A gateway to other lands

Ueno Zoo is a gateway to other lands with more than 500 species from all over the world, and about 3000 animals call Ueno Zoo home. Resident animals include Sumatran tigers, king penguins, white-tailed eagles, ostriches, zebras, and llamas.

The zoo provides spaces for the animals that are similar to their natural habitats. Among them, the zoo has forests for gorillas, tigers and elephants, hills for bears, and pools for polar bears and seals.

The pandas

One of the zoo's biggest highlights is the panda exhibit. The first pair were lent to Japan by China in 1972 when the two nations formally reopened diplomatic relations. Since then, there have always been pandas at Ueno Zoo.

Plenty to see and do

Ueno Zoo is expansive at over 14.3 hectares in size, divided into eastern and western sections. In addition to the animal exhibits, visitors can enjoy a pagoda, ponds, and more. A petting zoo for small children is also available and can be found on the western side of the zoo.

Shinobazu Pond

In the western part of the zoo is Shinobazu Pond. This pond is a natural habitat for many animals and migratory birds. Shinobazu Pond is home to a huge field of lotuses that bloom in late July to August.

Animals and architecture

One underappreciated feature of Ueno Zoo is the historical architecture. Notable structures include an old front gate of a Versailles-style building and the Kankan-tei tea house. This traditional tea house was first built in 1626 and rebuilt in 1878. Both of these features are reminiscent of the time when the zoo first opened.

Another structure to check out is the 5-story pagoda of Kan'ei-ji Temple. This pagoda was rebuilt in 1639 and is now designated as an Important Cultural Property.

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