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Ueno Zoological Garden

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Tokyo, Japan.

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Ueno Zoological Garden, Tokyo, was founded in 1882 making it the oldest zoo in Japan. The flagship of Japanese zoos, a trip to Ueno will show you over 2600 animals from 464 different species, providing visitors with an entertaining learning experience.

In areas such as “Gorilla Woods” and “Tiger Forest” you will be able to get up close to the animals and learn about the conservation methods and schemes that Ueno Zoo is collaborating on with other international zoos. If you want to get a bit closer to the animals, the petting zoo will add something special to a visit. Though primarily for children, you’re never too old for that giddy pleasure of being chased by a goat. The small mammal house is also worth a look, as is the Vivarium (Reptile and Amphibian House), where some of the world's rare fishes, crocodiles, turtles, snakes and frogs can be visited.

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.

Ueno Zoo Website.

Written by  John Johnston.

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