Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo is located inside Ueno Park. It is the oldest zoo in Japan and has about 500 species, including elephants, giraffes, polar bears and penguins. Its star animal is the giant panda.

Above, a dhole. It was a very hot summer day when I visited and a lot of animals were sleeping.

Above, entrance to the monorail, linking the eastern side to the western side of the zoo.

Above, naked mole rats.

Above, Tokyo Skytree.

Below, I came back for Tokyo Citizens’ Day (October 1st), when the entrance is free.


Gojoten Shrine Festival

Gojoten Jinja (五条天神社) is a shinto shrine located inside Ueno Park. It holds its annual festival in May. In 2014, it was at the same time as the Yushima Tenmangu shrine festival: I was walking away from that festival when I saw another mikoshi parade just across Chuo Dori.

Above, priestess on a horse.

Above, taiko drum band.

Below, some pictures of the shrine taken another time.

Above, entrance of Hanazono Inari Shrine and Gojoten Shrine from Ueno Park.

Above, the main building of the shrine.

Above, Gojoten Shrine during sakura season.