Spotting Panda’s at Ueno ZOO Tokyo

Today we're off to the Ueno neighbourhood in Tokyo to spot panda's at the zoo!

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I ate at McDonald. I thought I’d get that out of the way straight up so you can laugh at me quickly and read about the rest of my day which was culturally responsible.

I was so tired after hours and hours of walking that I just wanted a big fat salty bite of a burger, haha.

Yesterday I didn’t go to bed too late, around 11, but this morning I was up at 6AM. Breakfast wasn’t much, so today I bought my own to have breakfast myself tomorrow. I left for Ueno at around half past 9. It’s very close to the hostel and because I don’t trust myself and that crazy subway, I chose an activity that could be reached with a direct line and just 3 stops.

In Ueno, you’ll find a huge park next to the mega-busy city and in the park you can find all musea, statues, temples and even a ZOO.

With a discount card from a booklet from the hostel, I just paid 480 Yen, which is exactly 3 euro 23 cent. Mom, I take it back, that calculator you gave me is handy after all!

And for that money you can’t even draw a panda yourself, so I went out to explore it all.

 

Ueno ZOO, Tokyo

Ueno Dierentuin Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

 

Ueno Zoo is a lovely park, with a monorail (that I jumped into right away, of course) and many crazy animals you cannot find at home (kangaroos, many amazing birds, crane birds, emu’s etc.), but of course I went straight for the pandas!

Well… take of that ‘s’ at the end, because there was only one and it was asleep. Haha, the joke was on me. At least the other animals were nice enough to care about me and it was a great day after all.

WORD OF THE DAY: kawai – cute

 

Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
no he isn’t dead… I think…
 
 
my panda-friend
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
 
Ueno, Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
wash your hands after the petting zoo :)
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
nobody knows what on earth this is
 
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester  Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester
Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester  Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

 

National Science Museum in Ueno

The weather today wasn’t great, very cloudy and rain every now and then. Still, it was 25 degrees Celsius (even at night now, it’s still 21) and so not too bad, except that I started to get bitten by mosquitos like crazy. They ate most of my legs, never felts anything like it. Ai!

During one of the rainstorms, I’ve been to the National Science Museum. If you’re ever around (haha), I can recommend this. Such a stunning museum! Check it out:

National Science Museum Ueno Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

National Science Museum Ueno Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

National Science Museum Ueno Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

National Science Museum Ueno Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

After the museum, I was so exhausted of walking (I’ll put on my step-counter tomorrow, just for fun) that I when back to the hostel for a nap after eating in that authentic restaurant with the big M above the door.

INSIGHT OF THE DAY:  a ticket from the ZOO’s monorail won’t open the gates of the subway. Pfff… Nienke in wonderland.

Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

That ‘just going for a nap’ became 6 tot 10 deep in the R.E.M. state and so it was dark when I emerged. After writing my travel journal, I’ve been into Ueno to soak up some atmosphere.

Now it’s 2AM, I”m not tired anymore (think that’s called jetlag), dus I decided to take the subway at 5AM (they start really early here) and visit the Tsukiji fishmarket. Seems to be really cool, so am curious to see it!

Sayonara

 

Ueno, Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

Ueno, Tokyo Japan | The Travel Tester

 

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More information about UENO ZOO: www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/ueno

More information about the National Science Museum: www.kahaku.go.jp

 

This blog originally appeared on www.nienkeinaustralie.blogspot.com – 6 September 2006

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  • Had de moed al opgegeven dat er vandaag iets te bekijken viel, maar hiep hoera, toch nog een bericht. De jetlag komt ons bijzonder goed uit mag ik wel zeggen.Ach je hebt nog wel even de tijd om eraan te wennen. Na je vroege babytijd ben je niet meer zo vroeg opgeweest haha. Met het genieten lukt het allemaal vrij aardig zie ik. Wel vermoeiend he? Ben je al bij die toffe supermarkt geweest? zag ik op de site van het hostel, zit vlakbij. Dat wordt lachen als je niet kunt lezen wat er in het pakje zit. Succes! Leuk om je even op msn te hebben. Reinout zal dit wonder der techniek ook op mijn laptopje installeren. Ik wil’t ik wil ‘t!
    Wat eet een japanner als ontbijt? vast geen hagelslag of pindakaas.
    bye for now,Biggg hug!

  • Ha Nienke,
    ook ik ben een dagelijkse checker van je weblog. Leuk om je verhalen te lezen na een dag voor de klas. Volgend jaar draaien we het om: jij lesgeven, ik op reis!

  • Lieve Nienke,
    Heb weer genoten van je reisverslag. Ik heb gedroomd dat we samen door Tokyo zwierven en in het Nederlands allerlei rare dingen tegen passerende Japanners riepen. Heb je al tegen je Koreaanse kamergenootjes gezegd dat je genetisch gezien familie bent van Guus Hiddink? Overigens over korfbal gesproken: WE hebben vanavond met Oranje gewonnen tegen Wit Rusland: 3-0. Van Persie (2x), Kuijt (1x) en Van Basten (0x).
    Het motto van vandaag is: Als je een Japanner de bal geeft krijg je hem nooit meer terug.
    Oma Betsie (nieuw adres: Digitalesnelweg 3, Dell City) heeft ook een boodschap gestuurd, maar per ongeluk geplaatst bij je bericht van twee dagen geleden. Kijk maar even.
    Stop niet met het maken van fraaie foto’s (en video’s) en blijf volop genieten.
    Een dikke doei,

    Wiard

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