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Ueno Park

A cultural oasis in Tokyo featuring Japan’s first zoo and renowned cherry blossoms.

Photo of Ueno Park, Japan (water lilies photo by Marcellin Bric)

Ueno Park, known as Ueno no Mori, is a cultural landmark in Tokyo, Japan, with multiple museums and the country’s first zoo. Founded in 1873 on the grounds of the former Kan’ei-ji Temple, this 53-hectare park is a hub for culture, arts, and nature. Famous for its cherry blossoms and historical sites, Ueno Park attracts visitors with its natural beauty and cultural offerings.

About Ueno Park

Ueno Park’s history is tied to Tokyo’s cultural evolution. Originally part of Kan’ei-ji, a temple built by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, the site was converted into one of Japan’s first public parks after the Boshin War. The park’s opening in 1873 signified its role as a recreational and educational space for Tokyo’s residents.

The park’s attractions have historical and cultural importance. The Ueno Zoo, opened in 1882, is Japan’s first zoo. The Tokyo National Museum, located within the park, is among Japan’s largest museums, displaying a vast collection of Japanese and Asian art. The National Museum of Nature and Science provides insights into science and natural history, while the National Museum of Western Art, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features Western art.

Shinobazu Pond is a highlight of Ueno Park, known for its lotus blossoms and birdlife, especially in winter when ducks and waterfowl gather. In summer, the pond’s lotuses create a peaceful scene. Ueno Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, adds to the park’s spiritual significance.

Ueno Park is also a prime location for seasonal events. Hanami, during cherry blossom season, is particularly popular, with Shinobazugaoka offering impressive views. The park is a venue for festivals and Japanese cultural performances year-round.

The park’s location on the Ueno plateau offers scenic city views. While providing beauty and leisure, the park also shows social issues like homelessness, highlighting Tokyo’s challenges.

Next to the park is the bustling Ameya-Yokocho Shopping Street, with its street food and vibrant atmosphere, giving visitors a glimpse of Tokyo’s city life.

Ueno Park’s role as a historical and cultural sanctuary is ongoing, with efforts to preserve and enhance its value for the future. It remains a beloved green space in Tokyo, reflecting the city’s commitment to its history and offering a retreat from urban life.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Ueno Park

G 15

 Ginza Line

 about 5 minute walk (400m)
E 09

 Toei Oedo Line

 about 5 minute walk (500m)
JY 04

JR Okachimachi
 JR Yamanote Line

 5-10 minute walk (500m)
C 13

 Chiyoda Line

 5-10 minute walk (500m)
H 17

 Hibiya Line

 5-10 minute walk (700m)

Around Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Park in Tokyo

open 24 hours
closed Irregularly


上野恩賜公園, 東京

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