“T” in #AtoZChallenge
Our next destination in this challenge is Tokyo, the land of Sushi.
Do you remember we did make a visit to Japan when we moved through the Day of J.
And I was showing you only the Disney Sea in Tokyo. And today, I am planning to take you to yet an interesting & famous place inside Tokyo. It’s called Ueno Park in Tokyo.
Ueno Park is a large public park which is next to the Ueno station in Tokyo. This place has many museums, art galleries, temples and most importantly the Ueno Zoo. The park has around 1000 cherry trees and its a visual treat to visit here in the month of March and April for the Cherry Blossom festival.
Ueno Park has something memorable for every individual: casual tourist, nature lover, fitness fanatic, or selfie crazies. It goes without saying that it would be too crowded in the afternoons due to nice weather.
Since it is almost impossible to trip the full of Ueno park n a day, let’s start the trip to Ueno Zoo. This Zoo is the first Zoological park in Japan.
The access to the park from Tokyo is to just use the JR trains and get down at the Ueno station. I know you may have some inner fear in how to identify the way to the place. Right?
Do not worry, for you are in Japan. Just follow the signs (Available in English too) saying Park Gate.
Ueno Zoological Garden
The main attraction of the Zoo is the Giant Panda. Do you know that Panda is available only in a couple of Zoos in Japan? Yes, its true and so expect a huge crowd in the Panda enclosure.
Tip: If you want to peep on how these Pandas eat, make note of the feeding time at the entrance. And plan your visit accordingly.
In 1972, the first giant pandas arrived from China to Ueno Zoo, Tokyo. After its death in 2008, the next 2 Pandas came in around 2011. I made this visit in 2007, so I am guessing his name is Ling Ling, who is no more with us.
Unlike the Kungfu Panda on the silver screen, these Pandas do not wear clothes, hence he was bit shy. Lol, just kidding.
There are literally 1000s of animals, birds etc in the zoo, including the Elephants, Gorillas, Penguins, Polar bear and our cute Giant white panda.
The Birds house had many different birds including Owl, Peacock and other in numerous variety.
And then we moved to the enclosers of our ancestors! Yes, Gorillas. Look at him, still meditating for the inner peace!
Near there, we also found the Asian Black bear. He was very active jumping around everywhere, look for yourselves.
Next was my childhood favorite. Being from India, I agree that we have been seeing elephant every time when we visit temple – which actually means almost every other day we have the chance to see and feel this giant creature.
But still, whenever I see this Ganesha (Well, that’s the other name we love to call him!) he never disappoints me. Blessings assured!
Since I did not have the guts to take on the animals directly, tried few tricks with their replicas. Haha…
I was pleasantly surprised to see the animals that are accustomed to staying in cold and freezing climates. I think this was my first encounter with the Polar bear & penguins.
Well, I take it back. Penguins I have seen when we had a Dolphin park near Chennai decades back.
Panda was my favorite, much before the Kung-fu Panda. And could not miss to cuddle him and get a personalized picture.
And finally, before I say Sayanora, here is me in me! Yes, original ME.
Note: If you are looking for clear instructions on how to move around inside the zoo, I would recommend this site. Do make a visit – both to the website and to the Park!!!
My theme for the April 2018 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the places I have been to. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter U? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
Are you participating too? Comment your themes here. Good luck.