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Japan's Oldest Zoo Is Ueno Zoo In Tokyo

Japan's Oldest Zoo Is Ueno Zoo In Tokyo

on Sep. 17, 2009 by

The Ueno Zoo is a gigantic 14.3-hectare zoo and is home to 2600 animals of 464 species, it is a must visit during a trip through Tokyo and is also a great spot to bring a date.

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I need some sun, as you can see from the first picture! I visited Ueno Zoo after weeks & long nights of hard work due to some problems with current client  projects. 

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I was surprised by how many animals they had at the zoo. The park was very clean and nicely organized.

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After the park I had a bit of time left to explore Ueno. The shopping street next to the railway track was rich and enjoyable.

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It is Japan's oldest zoo, opening on March 20, 1882. It is a five-minute walk from the Park Exit of Ueno Station, with convenient access from Tokyo's public-transportation network.

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The Ueno Zoo Monorail, the first monorail in the country, connects the eastern and western parts of the grounds.

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The zoo is in 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). Ueno is also home to some of Tokyo's finest cultural sites, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and the National Museum of Nature and Science, as well as a major public concert hall.

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I also visited the Ameya-Yokocho district, it is an open-air market in the Taito Ward of Tokyo, Japan, located next to Ueno Station.

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The market is approximately 164,227 square feet in area, starting just behind the Yodobashi Camera building and following the Yamanote Line south until the Komuro building. The name ameyayokocho means "candy shop alley". The market is home to over one hundred and eighty one shops, which sell products ranging from fresh food and fish to clothing and time pieces.

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