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UenoUeno Park map Ueno is the area located about 4 km north of Tokyo station.
There is Ueno station in the center of the area, and Ueno park is spread in the west side of the station.

Ueno Station /1/

Ueno stationUeno station is one of the terminal stations in Tokyo.
Many trains depart from here, and they head to northern Kanto region, Tohoku region, Shin'etsu region and Hokuriku region.
Of course, the trains of Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu, Nagano Shinkansen almost stop here, and also one or two overnight sleeper trains to Hokkaido depart from here every day.

Unlike urbanized Tokyo station from which the trains run throught industrial and commercial zone along south coast of Japan, Ueno station is the gateway to broad rural area in north Japan.
So Ueno station creates the atmosphere of nostalgia for the people from north Japan.

Ueno Park /2/

Tokyo, Ueno Park

Ueno ParkIt is a park located just west of Ueno station.
The park is about 1 km both from east to west and from north to south, and has an area of 53 hectares.
In the early 17th century, whole this area was the precincts of Kan'eiji temple, which has been the temple of Shogun Tokugawa family and is located just north of current park area.
But it had been burnt down by the civil war in 1868, then it had been the park in 1873.
So some buildings of former Kan'eiji are remaining in places.
The northeast half of the park is on a low terrace, and there are many cultural facilities.
There is a pond "Shinobazu-no-ike" in the southwest half.
The whole area has a lot of trees, especially here is one of the major cherry blossom-viewing spots in spring.

  • Bronze statue of Takamori Saigo /21/ : It is a statue of Takamori Saigo (1828-1877) with his dog located near southeast entrance of the park.
    He was one of the samurais who had overthrown the feudal Edo government.
    The statue was created in 1898 by Koun Takamura (1852-1934, an eminent Japanese sculptor), then it has been the symbol of this park.
  • Kiyomizu-Kan'nondo temple /22/ : It is a Buddhist temple enshrining the Goddess of Kannon, and is near the statue of Takamori Saigo.
    It was one of the buildings in former Kan'eiji temple, and was built in 1631.
    The building is not so large, but the form is similar to famous Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto.
  • National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) /23/ : It is the premier public art gallery in Japan specializing in art from the Western tradition. It is located the east part of the park.
    It was established in 1959 and houses about 4,500 works, including examples of painting and sculpture from the 14th through the beginning of the 20th century.
    The National Museum of Western Art official website
  • National Science Museum /24/ : It is a science museum next to the NMWA. It offers a wide variety of natural history exhibitions and interactive scientific experiences.
    A clock made by an Japanese engeneer in 1851 is worth seeing. It has both Western-style and Japanese-style clocks, and shows the shape of moon, the date in Chinese sexagenary cycle and the position of sun and moon in the sky at Kyoto.
    National Science Museum official website
  • Tokyo National Museum /25/ : See the page of Tokyo National Museum.
  • Ueno Zoo /26/ : It is a zoo located north part of the park, and the number of visitors for a year is over 3 million. It has more than 450 different animals.
    In 1972, the giant pandas were offered from China as the gift of normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China. Since that, they had been the symbol of this zoo, but unfortunately the last panda died in April 2008.
  • Five-story pagoda of former Kan'eiji temple /27/ : It is a five-story pagoda in the site of Ueno Zoo. Originally it was one of the buildings of former Kan'eiji temple, and was built in 1639.
    Four statues of Buddha which were enshrined in the pagoda have been removed to Tokyo National Museum.
  • Ueno Toshogu shrine /28/ : It is a Shinto shrine located south of the site of Ueno Zoo.
    It was built in 1627 according to the will of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first Shogun of Edo government.
    It has a peony garden in the precincts.
    And there is a small fire continuing to burn in the precincts. It is the fire from smoldering house in Hiroshima immediately after atomic bombing in 1945.
  • Shinobazu-no-ike (Shinobazu pond) /29/ : It is a natural pond occupying the southwest half of the park, and has a circumference of about 2 km.
    A few dikes for promenading have been created in the pond, and Bentendo temple stands on an island.
    These separate the pond into three parts. The west part is "Boat Pond" for rental boat, the north part is "Cormorant Pond" where cormorants live, and the south part is "Lotus Pond" where lotuses grow thick.
  • Shitamachi Museum /30/ : See the page of Shitamachi Museum.
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How to get to here

By JR

  • Ueno or Okachimachi station.

By Keisei Line

  • Keisei-Ueno station.

By subway

  • Ueno (Ginza, Hibiya Lines) / Ueno-Hirokoji (Ginza Line) / Ueno-Okachimachi (Ooedo Line) /
    Yushima (Chiyoda Line).

By Tokyo Shitamachi Bus

  • Get off at Ueno-koen-yamashita stop. From Tokyo station, about 19 minutes.



Ueno Station
Concourse in Ueno Station
An entrance to Ueno Park
Cherry blossoms in Ueno Park
Statue of Takamori Saigo
Kiyomizu-Kan'nondo temple
National Museum of Western Art
National Science Museum
The main gate of Ueno Zoo Five-story pagoda of former Kan'eiji temple
Ueno Toshogu shrine Entrance of Peony garden in Ueno Toshogu shrine
Boat Pond (Shinobazu-no-ike)
Cormorant Pond (Shinobazu-no-ike)
Lotus Pond (Shinobazu-no-ike)
Bentendo temple in Shinobazu-no-ike

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