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How To Get To Ueno Zoo From Ueno Station (JR/Keisei Lines)

How To Get To Ueno Zoo From Ueno Station (JR/Keisei Lines)

Translated by MATCHA_En

Written by Hori Yuhei

Tokyo 2015.09.11 Bookmark

Don't get lost trying to get to the Zoo. Here we have step-by-step directions to Ueno Zoo, with pictures. Enjoy!

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How can you get to Ueno Zoo?

Most travelers come to Ueno to visit Ueno Zoo. However, if the're not careful, they can find themselves lost on the way there.

The reason being that Ueno Park, which houses Ueno Zoological Gardens, is huge. Just because you've found the park, it doesn't mean you'll easily be able to find the zoo. Moreover, even before you've reached the Ueno area, you'll be burdened with the task of figuring all the different lines that pass through Ueno and what route to take from the specific station you're getting off at.

Here, we'll be giving you directions to Ueno Zoological Gardens from JR Ueno Station (the one most passengers use) and from Keisei Ueno Station (the one that is directly connected to Narita Airport).

Reference Article: Let’s See Animals from Around Japan, the World at Ueno Zoo!

Getting to Ueno Zoo from JR Ueno Station

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(1) Find the Park Gate at JR Ueno Station

As soon as you get off the train at JR Ueno Station, go up the stairs or escalators and head for the Park Gate (follow the signs).

(2) Head over to Ueno Park upon exiting the gate

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Ueno Park will be right in front of you as soon as you exit the gate.

(3) Cross the street

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You can use the crosswalk right in front of the gate to get to the other side of the street.

(4) Hang a left at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

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Soon, you'll see the building in the picture. It's the Tokyo Bukan Kaikan theater.

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Go towards the right and when you get to the end of the building, turn left.

(5) Walk straight ahead along the National Museum of Western Art

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The National Museum of Western Art will be on your right. Just keep walking straight along this path.

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(6) Cross the plaza with the big fountain

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To your right, you'll see a plaza with a big fountain in the middle. Keep going straight without veering off in a different direction.

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You're now approaching the zoo's Main Entrance and will be able to see the sign for the zoo.

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You made it!


JR Ueno Station

Official Website: JR-EAST


Getting to Ueno Zoo from Keisei Ueno Station

(1) First, find the JR Ueno Station,Ueno Park exit

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Turn right after you exit the gate, and follow the signs that lead to the JR Ueno Station, Ueno Park exit.

(2) Upon exiting, turn left

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As soon as you've exited, turn left.

(3) Head over to Ueno Zoo

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Keep walking until you reach the stairs the lead to the park.

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The stairs will be on your right. This is the entrance to Ueno Park. Climb these stairs.

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(4) Climb up the stairs within park grounds

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At the top of the stairs, you'll find this square.

(5) Go up a second flight of stairs

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Once again, on your right, there will be another set of stairs. Go up these stairs, too.

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(5)ssKeep walking straight for a while along Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple

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After you've climbed the stairs, you'll see a temple (Kiyomizu Kannondo) to your right. Just keep walking straight on this path.

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If you keep walking, you should see a corridor of cherry trees like the ones in the photo. Just keep going straight along this path.

Keep going, and you will reach the plaza with the big fountain. Don't stop, you're getting closer.

Once you've walked across the whole plaza, you'll see the Tokyo National Museum. Turn left here.

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Across the trees, you'll get a glimpse of what looks like a gate. This is the Main Entrance to the zoo. Walk toward it.

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It's clearer now, you will be able to see the entrance better, keep going.

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That took some time, but you made it!


Ueno Zoo houses tons of adorable animals. We hope you have a blast at the zoo!

Reference Article: 8 Animals You Absolutely Must See At Ueno Zoo!


Keisei Ueno Station

Official Website: Keisei Electric Railway


Ueno Zoo

Address: 9-83 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:30–17:00
Closed: Mondays (if Monday falls on a national holiday, the following day)
End/beginning of the year from December 29 to January 1
*The zoo is occasionally opened on certain Mondays throughout the year.
Maps in other languages: English, Chinese, and Korean
Nearest station(s): to the Zoo's East Garden
5-min walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit)
10-min walk from Keisei Ueno Station (Main Exit)
12-min walk from Ueno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hibiya lines (Exit 7)
15-min walk from Ueno-okachimachi Station on the Toei Oedo Line (Exit A5)
to the Zoo's West Garden
5-min walk from Nezu Station (Exit 2) on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (toward Shinobazu Entrance)
Tel: +81(0)3-3838-5171-min walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit)
Official Website: Ueno Zoological Gardens

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