Date: 26th March 2015
my day in Asakusa, I was now at Ueno Park, the largest public park in Tokyo city.
The sakura trees needed a few more days to fully bloom
I decided to check out the pandas at Ueno Zoo, located inside the park
Entry tickets to the zoo cost ¥600 (₹360/$5/€4). I was mostly here for the pandas but I figured I would then take a quick stroll around the zoo as well.
Pandas are native to China
I don’t remember exactly how many pandas I saw, but I believe Ueno Zoo has around 3 pandas currently
Most of the time I just saw them chewing on bamboo 🙂
Pandas are so cute!
Check out this guy, he he
“Nom nom nom nom”
Here is a brief video:
After the pandas, I walked around to see what other animals they have at Ueno.
The area was quite dusty as the elephants like to powder their bodies with dirt. Apparently it’s keep their bodies cool when out in the sun.
This was the bear enclosure, where they had a Hokkaido brown bear and another elusive one
Felt quite sad seeing this one’s face. Clearly doesn’t like being in a confined space, no matter how much they try to recreate the forest atmosphere
One animal I have never seen for real is a polar bear. Ueno Zoo has one in this specially made enclosure.
But again, I felt a bit sad upon seeing how the bear behaved
It kept walking around, back and forth.
Occasionally it would go under water. But go back up and walk back and forth in the same constricted space.
Here is a short video clip of the polar bear taking a dip:
I sat down at the rest area, had some water and snacks before moving on
These birds are called Sacred Ibis
I was in the Bird House next
Buddy kingfisher (shot these close ups using the 70-200mm lens)
Next to the bird house is the gorilla enclosure. The gorilla on the right just had that look: “It’s really boring being here”
This animal is called a Tapir
Ueno Zoo is divided into two zones — East Garden and West Garden
I was now going to the West Garden side
There’s a reasonably large pond on this side
But I had to check out the attractions on this side first
They had farm animals and a kids corner here
Llama and alpaca (they’re cousins)
They had more than one but it was hard to photograph them as they were quite elusive
Red pandas are native to China and the Himalayan region
Aside from this, the West Garden had sections for penguins, crocodiles, hippos and some more.
This map on the official website has all the details. I didn’t feel like checking out anything else I had seen enough at other zoos I have visited, like Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Chiang Mai Zoo.
I had walked around a lot, so I just sat for a while beside the lake.
I don’t know if these birds were put here by the zoo or the birds naturally made this pond their home
Shinobazu pond is the name
By the way, there is a monorail at Ueno Zoo but the wait times were very long and it was just quicker to walk
Anyway, I was done with Ueno Zoo. It was time to leave.
This pond, the zoo and Ueno Park in general must come as a relief to Tokyo’s citizens — amidst the bustle of the concrete jungle all around
This was a small flea market near the pond
I walked past the Ueno Park entrance en route to Ueno subway station
I decided to head to Shibuya next, to check out the Hachiko statue and the famous Shibuya Crossing. All that in the next post!
Next posts in this series:
Japan 2015: Shibuya – the busiest crossing in the world, and home to a loyal dog
Japan 2015: Nishi-Shinjuku — views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building sky deck
Japan 2015: Shopping in Shinjuku, and Kabukicho
Japan 2015: Denboin garden, near Sensoji Temple
Japan 2015: Cherry blossom celebrations by Sumida River
Japan 2015: Boat ride to Odaiba; giant Gundam statue at DiverCity Mall
Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms at Tokyo Imperial Palace east garden
Japan 2015: Cherry blossom sightings at Shinjuku Gyoen
Japan 2015: Harajuku on a Sunday – Meiji shrine and Yoyogi Park
Japan 2015: Harajuku at night — Takeshita Street
Japan 2015 – Visiting Akihabara a second time, because why not?
Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Ueno Park
Japan 2015: Rikugien garden’s weeping cherry blossom tree
Japan 2015: Getting to Hakone; Lake Ashi sightseeing cruise
Japan 2015: Hakone ropeway; onsen at Hotel Green Plaza
Japan 2015: Ōwakudani sulphur springs, views of Mt. Fuji — and last night in Tokyo
Japan 2015: Getting to Narita Airport — and flying an Airbus A380 for the first time
Previous posts in this series:
Japan 2015: Nakamise street, Senso-ji temple, and Ueno Park sakura at half-bloom
Japan 2015: Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, leaving Himeji for Tokyo — and my last bullet train ride
Japan 2015: Himeji Castle, and the unexpected air show
Japan 2015: Kyoto Station, and arriving at Himeji by shinkansen
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Monkey Park in Arashiyama
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Gion Corner Cultural Show
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu Dera temple
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Fushimi Inari-taisha, and climbing to the mountain top
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishiki market and Teramachi
Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishi & Higashi Honganji, Shijo street, and Gion
Japan 2015: Riding a bullet train for the first time, Tokyo to Kyoto
Japan 2015: Walking around Akihabara and Ginza
Japan 2015: Going to Akihabara, and spending way too much time in Yodobashi Akiba
Japan 2015: Landing in Tokyo… and using a communal bath for the first time