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Japan’s oldest zoo, established in 1882, is also Tokyo’s most popular, thanks mainly to its central location in Ueno Park and its range of beasts, including a giant panda and a Sumatran tiger. You’ll find the panda in the eastern section, along with elephants, lions, gorillas, sea lions and assorted bears. Don’t be discouraged by the crowds, though; the western section across the bridge is less busy and offers opportunities to interact with animals in a petting zoo and to watch a huge alligator relaxing in the reptile house.
9-83 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku
|Transport:||Ueno Station (Yamanote, Ginza, Hibiya lines), park exit.|
|Price:||¥600, junior high students ¥200, free for primary school students or younger. Free entry Mar 20, May 4, Oct 1.|
|Opening hours:||9.30am-5pm, closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday)|