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I Heart Pandas

After two smooth flights (one on the top deck of an A380 only problem it was still economy {insert sad face}) I arrived in Tokyo still cool calm & collected I thought having a few days alone in a foreign country the nerves would kick in but I’ve been really good. Unfortunately the Narita airport is about 45minutes from where I’m staying at Ueno but the train was interesting, good to see a little countryside before venturing into the city.

As I arrived at 730am I’ve had quiet a bit of time up my sleeve, majority of the morning was spent at the airport, customs, SIM card, train passes, train, etc...... where I’m staying is along side the Central Park of Japan Ueno Park. There’s a lot of stuff to see & I only touched a bit. You can all laugh at me having KFC for lunch by the water but it was what I knew & i’m tired might be more adventurous for tea.


The weather has been hot, cold all day there was even a little rain when I first arrived in Ueno. Anyway the sun came out for my trip to the zoo, where I spent the afternoon, it’s the first zoo I’ve thought the animals look sad & I felt for them. There’s a great variety of animals to see amongst the throngs of people. The main reason for visiting the zoo the Panda’s, so I joined the 70 minute wait queue and nearly an hour later I was in front of them. Well one who was not going to cooperate & turn around, the other cages looked bare there was hope when one walked towards the gate then turned around. Just about given up hope of a good panda shot one appeared walked around then sat down for a snack.


It was interesting with the other animals there was a tiger who appeared sprayed the plastic screen & walked off, a tortoise getting a little action in the corner & a gorilla that looked like it was doing yoga. There were babies, naughty animals, fights, cheeky monkeys, the lot really just wish they had a little more space to roam. How could I forget the Aussie expats that we’re hiding away from prying eyes.


I’m staying at the Centurion Ladies Hostel and this is my little bunk/capsule, plus the common room where I’m hiding out in the corner typing this.


After some 20,000 steps I’m going to put my sneakers back on & venture out for some food, then an early night (flight was not long enough for a good sleep)


Posted by ChristieA 01:05 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo japan zoo asia

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OMG..a real live panda.Bet it was worth the wait :)

by Gel

When we saw the pandas at Adelaide Zoo they were fast asleep! Have a great holiday. xxxx

by Judy Borrett

I heart pandas too!!

by Alison

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