What you need to know about wheelchair access at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

I spent a day at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan with my brother, Michael.

Getting there

Ueno-Okachimachi Station is wheelchair accessible (barrier free) with elevators and ramps. Station staff won’t assist because the subway is level with the platform and a slight jump is required to not get the front wheels of a wheelchair stuck.

It’s a short 10 minute push from the station to Ueno Zoo. There are multiple entrances. We entered from Ueno Park.

The Ueno Zoo experience  

Entry is free for someone in a wheelchair and one accompanying person.

There are lifts, ramps and cement to push around on. There are some hills where assistance by travel buddy was appreciated.

I was able to see many animals including snow monkeys (there was no snow), Asian elephants, zebras and many birds. The highlight was cutting the line and going in front to view the pandas.

 

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