Friday went to Ueno Zoo (上野動物園) with my friend. Asked a few of the others but ended up only 2 of us are available to make it.
Ueno Zoo isn't far from the hostel. Took a train ride to Ueno station which cost 150 yen. Then walk to the Ueno Zoo via Ueno Park.
One of the popular spots for Hanami during the Spring season. These are actually sakura trees, green in summer.
Before reaching the zoo spotted this another mascot of Japan. Can you name this fat blue figure?
Entrance of Ueno Zoo. The 2 banners in front are about Saving Gorillas (L) and extension of opening hours during the mid Aug (R).
Entrance cost 600 yen (~RM 22.30) for normal adult. Too bad they don't have special price for students after high school.
Ueno Zoo is being divided into the East and West garden, where the main entrance is located at the East garden.
Panda at the entrance. It's ironic that currently the Ueno Zoo doesn't exhibit any pandas. One of the eldest panda in the zoo, Lin Lin, passed away few months ago.
One of the first exhibit we saw, the red panda in the place of the famous giant panda. Wasn't that pleased with the setting of the red panda's enclosure, concretes everywhere with minimal touch of nature.
Asian Elephants. They left something near the floor....
A monkey with a rather special tail. I commented the furs must be good to be made into a calligraphy brush (毛笔)!
Cute prairie dogs feeding.
Concrete artificial mountain for the monkeys.
For some reason I felt disgusting looking at this animal. Forgotten the name but it's from US if not mistaken. Ugghh...
Hailed from the South America, this animal is the mascot of Winamp. Llama that is.
The East station of Ueno Zoo Monarail. Each ride cost 150 yen just for a short walk, say 5 mins?
Polar bear, something you can't really see in tropic places.
This bear appears to be on the further glass exhibit so I ran down to capture some of the portrait shots. Too bad
Penguins from the artic. They're kept inside the air-conded room as they can't stand the heat.
Other more heat-resistant penguins, from the South America.
A baby seal, looking at the crowd.
A sitting crane.
Love these love birds' colours!
Sleeping gorillas. zzzz.....
Gorilla's head is bigger than human!
Peacock standing high up.
I find this monkey's pose funny.
The king of Africa savanna, lion.
Caged flying marvels.
It's said that Tokugawa Ieyasu rested at this hut before centuries ago. O_o
2 Malay sun bears playing~
The "5 layer tower" (五重塔) inside the zoo, which gives a glimpse of how ancient Japan garden looks like with all the animals around.
Deer from Nara province. Reminds me of the character from Naruto, Shikamaru Nara.
Uncaged exhibit, spidy.
It was around 1pm when we stop awhile for lunch.
I had yaki soba & takoyaki. Cost 750 yen.
Tempted to get the dessert but resisted, heh.
After eating we walk to the West garden. The Ueno skyline~
The zoo monorail.
LOL @ the penguins!
Moving into the vivarium.
Eyeless salamander. Not the best looking animal.
Colourful frogs. The more attractive, the deadlier they are. Poison dart frogs.
One of the biggest toad on Earth, the devil toad. This monster eats animals even bigger than it's size.
Iguana, as lazy as ever.
Your friendly green lizard.
A kind of special snake that only can be found in Madagascar. Notice the sharp-tip mouth.
The outdoor part of the vivarium.
Arowana, just the right size for the few of us to consume.... :P
Somehow this croc looks cute, don't you think so? Especially the eyes....
The infamous Gila Monster from the US!
Venomous snakes. Weird they don't have cobra huh, must ask India to donate for them. XD
Python. So damn fat and long lol.
One of the amphibious snake, but this is not the anaconda.
Another king-size toad spotted.
A special white salamander from Mexico. Not sure if this is an albino specimen or not.
Curious looking tortoise.
A hybrid of horse + zebra?
Kirin and giraffe. (note that "kirin" means giraffe in Japanese, and also a popular beverage brand)
Mother and child.
The hypo's water looks like the drink I'm drinking..... orz
Looking up at the sky (ceiling in this case) for any predators.
Greetings from Australia!
Sea hawk. The only bird that's allowed to be outside.
Views from the lotus pond near the end of the trip.
And finally, the exit.
My views on Ueno Zoo? Hmm..... not as excited as those little kids but anyway it's a different kind of experience than those of Zoo Negara in Malaysia. The Ueno Zoo doesn't smell as strong as those in the Malaysian counterpart.
Too bad they don't have an aquarium in the zoo, as it's located separately at another part. Somehow I might be more fascinated by the water-living animals.
No, not because I wanted to try their sashimi, but to please the eyes, heh. Sashimi for the eyes maybe? LOL...