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/
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
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
Ueno Park /2/
It is a park located just west of
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
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
It was one of the buildings in former Kan'eiji temple, and was built in
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
- 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.
Science Museum official website
- Tokyo National Museum /25/
: See the page of Tokyo National
- 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.
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
- Ueno or Okachimachi station.
- Ueno (Ginza, Hibiya Lines) /
Ueno-Hirokoji (Ginza Line) / Ueno-Okachimachi (Ooedo Line) /
Yushima (Chiyoda Line).
- Get off at Ueno-koen-yamashita
stop. From Tokyo station, about 19 minutes.
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