"Ueno Park in Winter" Ueno Park and Zoo Tip by aukahkay

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo: 84 reviews and 149 photos

  Entrance to the Toshogu Shrine
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  • Entrance to the Toshogu Shrine - Tokyo
      Entrance to the Toshogu Shrine
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  • Toshogu Shrine - Tokyo
      Toshogu Shrine
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  • Ameyoko flea market next to Ueno Park - Tokyo
      Ameyoko flea market next to Ueno Park
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Ueno Park is the most famous metropolitan park in Tokyo. It is most famous for the cherry blossoms that appear each year in early spring. My visit to Ueno Park on a wintry and snowy morning came with no fewer surprises.
Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Its entrance of consecutive Shinto shrines leads into the inner courtyard where you can see traditional stone lanterns.
Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond.
Of course the zoo was closed for winter so I did not get to see the pandas.
After the park, head for Ameyoko, a flea market selling reasonably priced Japanese tidbits, sake and confectionaries.

Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku
Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO
Phone: 03-3833-0030
Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 18, 2006
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