Tokyo Family Vacation Part 3: Ueno Zoo

img_7333Whenever our family goes on a trip, it is a requirement of the children that animals be involved. Ueno Zoo is Japan’s oldest zoo existing from 1882. It is a five-minute walk from the Park Exit of Ueno Station.  The zoo is located within Ueno Park, a large urban park that is home to museums, a small amusement park, and other attractions. The zoo is closed Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday).

First we started at the Children’s Zoo.


Then to see Mr. Polar Bear.



This is the first time I have ever seen a live tsuru (crane). Beautiful.


Pieko the gorilla was in her bedroom.

So we had to observe her through here:


There is beautiful natural landscaping to enjoy while walking between exhibits.

Yoru no Mori – Night Forest is where you can see the nocturnal animals.


The left is the picture of a sloth and, on the right, there are bats in the dark corner.  It’s hard to see in the picture, it was also hard to see in person.  We could see some wiggling in the dark corner.

A tiger strolling near the pool.

img_7410The elephant were very talkative.


We got to see a lot of animals that we don’t have at our local Honolulu Zoo.