NEX-7 & SEL55F18ZA | 1/100s f/1.8 ISO100 55mm | This particular street is less than a 3 minute walk from my office.

I would argue that there are two zoos in Ueno; the official Ueno Zoo, and downtown Ueno. Downtown Ueno is home to one of the more "seedy" [みすぼらしい] areas in Tokyo, with questionable stores and love hotels in abundance. However, it's a pretty interesting area to walk around, especially as a foreigner. I'm either ignored by touts, or they'll ask me in English (sometimes Japanese) if I would like to visit their establishment (whatever it may be). "結構です。"(I'm OK thanks!)