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Ueno in Tokyo

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Quote: Ueno Park is a major attraction for Tokyoites. For the foreign visitor the main reason to visit are the excellent museums set inside the park. The Ueno zoo with pandas and penguins is also popular with children.

Ueno in Tokyo

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Overview

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Ueno Park is a major attraction on weekends for Tokyoites. It is a vast park with many attractions for people of all ages. It is easily reached from most parts of Tokyo. For children there are the Ueno Zoo, a fun fair and the Shitamachi Museum. Several major museums are also located in or next to the park with permanent and special exhibitions. There are also several music halls in the vicinity with performances of all genres. Ueno was originally a major temple complex and several temples and shrines remained. The Toshogu Shrine is the only shrine in Tokyo designated a National Treasure. Ueno Park is a favorite site for cherry blossom viewing parties and get extremel...Read More

Ueno Park

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Attraction

Ueno Park Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Ueno Park is a major attraction, especially for families on a day trip. It also houses some of the most important museums in Japan. More attractions are the zoo, shrines and concert halls. Ueno Park is a wide-open space. As a park it does not have much going for it but the added attractions make it a popular venue. It is one of the most favored spots for cherry blossom viewing parties but even at other times there are always groups getting together here over weekends. It gets extremely crowded during cherry blossom season and a good spot is hard to obtain. It is common practice for one member of the group to sleep overnight to reserve a favored spot and to sit and protect it the who...Read More

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Ueno Park
5-20 Ueno Koen
Tokyo, Japan 110-0007
+81 (3) 3828-5644

Ueno Park

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Attraction | "Ueno Park Museums"

Ueno Park Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The main cultural reason to go to Ueno is to visit the museums. Five major museums are located close to each other inside or next to Ueno Park. The most important museum is the Tokyo National Museum, which houses the largest collection of Japanese art in the world. The museum is spread over various buildings and displays changes frequently. It has a collection of about 90,000 pieces of which less than 5,000 are on display on any given time. Most displays have English name cards as well, although it may be hard to make much sense out of it if you are not well versed in Japanese arts. The museum often has special visiting exhibitions from other countries. The gift shop is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2002

Ueno Park
5-20 Ueno Koen
Tokyo, Japan 110-0007
+81 (3) 3828-5644

Ueno Park

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Attraction | "Shrines and temples in Ueno Park vicinity"

Ueno Park Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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In 1867-8 the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan from Edo (current Tokyo) came to a fall. The Emperor Meiji moved from the ancient capital in Kyoto to Tokyo and set up an enlightened government that hastened Japan’s integration into the modern world after two and a half centuries of self-imposed isolationism. Ueno Hill was the scene of the last stand between the Imperial forces and the Shogun’s supporters at the end of the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Although Edo Castle fell peacefully, 3,000 Shogun loyalists held out at Ueno. What is the modern park of today used to be temple grounds of the huge Kan’eiji Temple, one of the family temples of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Outnumbered and...Read More

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Ueno Park
5-20 Ueno Koen
Tokyo, Japan 110-0007
+81 (3) 3828-5644

National Museum of Western Art

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National Museum of Western Art Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Japan’s only National Museum of Western Art was established in 1959 to house the Matsukata Collection. Kojiro Matsukata was the president of Kawasaki Shipbuilding Company and collected a huge number of paintings, sculptures and prints during his travels to the West. The financial crisis of 1927 led to the sale of works repatriated to Japan but 400 works were housed in France. These became the property of the French government after the Second World War but were returned to Japan in 1959. Since then the permanent collection has grown to 2,000 pieces. Special exhibitions of works on loan from major western galleries are frequently held. The museum has 67 sculptures by Rodin. Three are...Read More

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National Museum of Western Art
7-7 Ueno Koen
Tokyo, Japan 110-0007
+81 (0)3 3828 5131

Shitamachi Museum

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Shitamachi Museum Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The small Shitamachi Museum is located on the edges of the Shinobazu Pond and is fun to visit for both adults and children. Shitamachi was the traditional downtown area of Tokyo but disappeared fast after the rebuilding of Tokyo following the end of the Second World War. In an attempt to preserve some of the spirit of the bygone era, this small museum was created by the people of Taito Ward, in which Ueno is located. On the first floor is a reconstruction of the narrow streets that typified Edo including the house of a rich merchant and a more humble tenement house. It is important to note that what look like a small cheap sweets shop was not only the shop but also the house of the ...Read More

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Shitamachi Museum
2-1 Ueno Koen
Tokyo, Japan 110-0007
+81 (0)3 3823 7451