THINGS TO DO
Ueno is a town that has been evolving ever since Ueno Station was built in 1883. Its history can be felt by its many long-running stores and restaurants.
The heart and symbol of the town is Ueno Park, which is the very first public park opened in Tokyo. The park is very green throughout most of the year and has a big lake in the middle. It is a very important place where people like to rest and enjoy nature, especially in spring when the cherry blossoms flourish. Ueno Zoo, which is located within the park, is the largest zoo in Japan.
Various science and art museums are also located within the park, including The National Museum of Western Art which is now considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also Toshogu: a shrine worshiping the Tokugawa Shogun from the Edo period in Ueno Park.
The other face of Ueno is Ameyoko. A shopping street where you might forget for a while that you are in Japan. This street is packed with shops and restaurants from all around the world. Many of these that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. You will always find stores at a sale, where you can get great deals for shoes and clothes.
If you walk towards Asakusa, you will get to a place called Yanaka. This area is famous for maintaining the traditional atmosphere of the Tokyo’s Shitamachi downtown.