Ueno Park: 10 Best Things to Do in 2019

Ueno Park: Must-Visit Park in Tokyo


Ueno Park (official name is “Ueno Onshi Park”) is a public park located in Ueno area, northern Tokyo. The park welcomes over 10 million visitors a year and it’s the most popular city park in Japan. Especially in Spring, it’s the busiest cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo. In the vast space with 538,507 m2, the park consists of many tourist attractions such as temples, shrines, museums, zoo, pond, garden and other facilities. Let’s check out points of interest and things to do at Ueno Park Tokyo!


1. Kaneiji Temple (寛永寺)

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Kan-eiji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple founded in 1625, and it’s one of the family temples of the Tokugawa clan. The temple is situated at the north end of the park.

2. Kiyomizu Kannon Temple (清水観音堂)

Founded in 1631 by Tenkai Sojo (high Buddhist priest), Kiyomizu Kannon Temple has the notable Tsuki no Matsu (Pine Tree of the Moon), the pine tree with the round branches.

3. Ueno Toshogu Shrine (上野東照宮)

Ueno Toshogu is a Shinto shrine which was built and dedicated in 1627 to the memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The shrine is designated to the Important Cultural Properties, and a great example of Shinto architecture in the Edo period.

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4. Shinobazu Pond (不忍池)

Shinobazu Pond (or Shinobazu Ike) is a large pond located southwest of the park, displaying beautiful lotus flowers.

5. Ueno Zoo (恩賜上野動物園)

Established in 1882, Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoon in Japan which is home to about 450 species.

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6. Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館)

The Tokyo National Museum, or TNM collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects mainly from Japan.

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7. National Science Museum (国立科学博物館)

The National Museum of Nature and Science is one of the largest educational museums in Japan that displays about 10,000 exhibits.

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8. Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (東京都美術館)

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is a popular art museum in Tokyo that holds several seasonal exhibitions through the year.

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9. National Museum of Western Art (国立西洋美術館)

One of the largest museums in Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art is home to approx 4,500 art works.

10. Starbucks Ueno Onshi Park Store

The popular coffee shop, Starbucks has a branch at Ueno Park. The specious cafe is surrounded by the rich nature, and it’s a perfect place to stop by and enjoy coffee while visiting the park.

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