"The oldest park in the city..." Ueno Park and Zoo Tip by cheesecake17

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

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UENO PARK the oldest and largest park in Tokyo city, with cherry blossoms that bloom in spring you can view them by the tree-lined promenade that runs southwards through the park and lotuses that flower in summer, Ueno Park, is regarded as being one of Tokyo's most beautiful park..

So take a day and enjoy what the park as to offer...When you exit JR Ueno Station via the "Ueno Koen" exit head straight for the information kiosk up on the right. Here you can pick up an English map which will help to identify most of the buildings around the park....
Tokyo Culture Hall
The National Museum of Western Art
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ueno Zoo
Toshugu Shrine
Shinobazu Pond


Shinobazu Pond dominates the southwestern side of the park - 600 yen will hire you a rowing boat; and 700yen a swan pedal boat...The temple on the man-made island in the middle of Shinobazu Pond is Bentendo Temple. It's dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and the arts, the original building was a 17th century but destroyed in 1945.....

The thin building with floors branching off at every angle was designed by Japanese architect, Kiyinori Kikutake and completed in 1994, its the Hotel Sofitel.

Close to the Keisei Ueno Station Exit you'll find Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple. Modeled after the famous Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, couples who want to have children traditionally pray here.

Also next to the exit, the large statue you see is that of Saigo Takamori (1827 - 1877). During the Meiji Restoration Saigo Takamori was an important samurai warrior.

How to get to Ueno:
By bus
A double decker bus runs between Ueno and Asakusa. From 10:00am it runs every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends. The bus stop is close to Ueno Keisei Station. Adults: 250 yen one way. Children: 130 yen one way.

On foot
From Akihabara, Ueno is about a 10 minute walk up Chuo Dori Avenue. From Asakusa, Ueno is about a 15 minute walk along Asakusa Dori Avenue.

Address: on the northeast edge of the Yamanote Line
Directions: on the northeast edge of the Yamanote Line , Ueno station
Phone: 03-3833-0030
Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

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  • Updated Feb 18, 2006
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