Tokyo Day 5 – Ueno Zoo and Akihabara

This is a continuation of the Japan Trip Report. You can read more here:
Booking Lufthansa First Class Using United Miles
Lufthansa First Class Denver to Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Osaka
Japan Day 1: Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji
Westin Osaka Review

Japan Day 2 (Part 1) – Fushimi Inari and Nara
Japan Day 2 (Part 2) – Bullet Train/Nabana no Sato Illumination
Conrad Tokyo Review
Tokyo Day 1 – Tokyo Free Guide, Geisha Show and Meiji Shrine
Tokyo Day 2 – Imperial Palace Bike Ride, Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Cat Cafe!
Tokyo Day 3 – Odaiba, Toyota Mega Web Showroom and Akihabara
Tokyo Day 4 – Day Trip to Hakone and Lake Ashinoko

The next morning we woke up and headed to Ueno Zoo. I had found a website that mentioned Red Pandas at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo and was very excited to see them. I was even more excited when I learned the admission fee was only 600 yen (~$6) per person! Ueno Zoo is a great zoo and is even in a great area to explore before or after going to the zoo. We walked through Ueno Park on the way there and around Ameyoko to shop a little after seeing the zoo and also grab some sushi.

 When you enter the zoo one of the first things you come to is a panda exhibit. Unfortunately the pandas were sleeping so we decided to catch them on the way out of the zoo. We continued walking and passed birds of prey, otters and monkeys before coming to the tiger exhibit. The tiger was gorgeous and pacing right in front of the area I was taking pictures. I think I have roughly 100 tiger pictures now. 
Ueno Zoo Tiger

Ueno Zoo Tiger

After the tigers we watched the lions for a little bit before heading on to the gorillas. The baby gorilla was adorable and we watched it ride around for a little bit.

Cute Baby Gorilla at Ueno Zoo

Cute Baby Gorilla at Ueno Zoo

We watched the pair wander around a bit.

Ueno Zoo Gorillas

Ueno Zoo Gorillas

Next we headed over to the polar bear exhibit. The polar bear was awesome. He spent a good 20 minutes chasing a ball around the water and we enjoyed watching him play.

Ueno Zoo Polar Bear

Ueno Zoo Polar Bear

We headed back to check out the pandas and see if they were done napping. They were finally up and eating.

Ueno Zoo Panda

Ueno Zoo Panda

It seems like every time I get a chance to check out a prairie dog exhibit I never get to see them. I was excited this time they were finally outside and active.

Ueno Zoo Prairie Dogs

Ueno Zoo Prairie Dogs

We also really enjoyed the “Jackass Penguin” exhibit.

Ueno Zoo Penguin Exhibit

Ueno Zoo Penguin Exhibit

One of the penguins definitely lived up to the name…

Ueno Zoo "Jackass" Penguins

Ueno Zoo “Jackass” Penguins

Part of the way through our Ueno Zoo journey we decided to grab lunch in an outdoor food court area. I opted for the fried rice, which was adorable.

Ueno Zoo Food Court Rice

Ueno Zoo Food Court Rice

We also wandered through a great Lemur exhibit, which we enjoyed. Unfortunately, the Red Panda I desperately wanted to see was not out in her area as she was being treated.

After we finished at the zoo, we headed over to Ameyoko which was a great outdoor shopping area with lots of food. We opted for a kaiten sushi place (conveyor belt) in the market area. Accidentally grabbed octopus (second time during our trip), but everything else was great. The pricing is based on the color of the plates as you can see displayed on the wall in the photo below. They tally up your plates when you go to leave.

Kaiten Sushi

Kaiten Sushi

Since it was still relatively early we decided to head back to Akihabara and spend some more time walking around there. It was neat to see everything lit up at night.

Akihabara

Akihabara

Stay tuned for a review of the Park Hyatt Tokyo!

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About Rebecca

I'm an engineer who is new to the points game. Hoping to share my discoveries as I collect points to travel the world.

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