Opened in 1873 at the top of Ueno Hill, Tokyo's first public park houses several world-class museums, a popular zoo, shrines, ... More
Opened in 1873 at the top of Ueno Hill, Tokyo's first public park houses several world-class museums, a popular zoo, shrines, temples, a rental boat lake, historical monuments, hundreds of cherry blossom trees, and a lotus pond. Ueno Park, being Tokyo's largest, has so much to offer that a day would not be enough. Visit the park during every season to appreciate its full beauty.
I sort of enjoyed Ueno zoo because I love animals..but seeing animals kept in tiny cages is a little heart breaking. The pandas looked thoroughly miserable and the poor zebras had an enclosure unfit for a small labrador..
Good points are it's very cheap and easy to get to.
Ueno Park is not all that it's hyped up to be. Homeless people abound in and around this park and make for a very uncomfortable feeling for visitors. If your intent is to visit the museums, then go. If you are going to see the Japanese culture, then there are other places in Tokyo that are much more fulfilling. I wouldn't recommend going to this park if it was the last place in Tokyo to visit.
Okay, it was a great time. I am looking forward to going back next time I go to Japan. I liked the atmosphere of the whole place it made me feel welcome to stay there. I would recamend it to anyone, take an adventure. What are you waiting for.
Been to Ueno several times over the last 8 years and always find something worthwhile to pass the time and some great Ryokan (Japanese guesthouse/B&B).
There's the great temple complex Goju just under the Zoo's monorail which if you're at the right time, you will see people practicing Kyudo (Japanese Archery) from within the dojo out into the temple garden. (Been past well late at night and they're still practicing). The market around shinobazu pond looks great at night all lit up and there are all sorts of bargains to be had and even a spot of hands on pot painting if you're feeling artistic.
There are homeless people in the park, but there's no danger of mugging or anything like that and there's a great deal of shopping to be done in the streets next to the railway where they started after the war as a black market system, now a fully developed shopping area, complete with the obligitory Mc D's & KFC :(
As with the rest of Tokyo a place full of contrasts and well worth a visit. Will be taking some of my students there when I'm over in July this year.
The ueno area is a great place to visit. The park is very beautiful and a good size, the ueno zoo was great and very cheap. It is also a short distance from the train station and has some very nice stores in the surrounding area.
I think that Ueno was one of my favourite places in Tokyo... The combination of temples, free street performers, restaurants, zoo, shops and markets made it great...
Yes there are homeless people there, but homelessness is going to occur anywhere in the world. The Japanese Homeless are extremely humble people regardless, and poeple need to understand that.
This was a great day for our family. The weather was not so hot and also rainy so the animals were actually very active. A lot of babies too! Overall a lot of animals. We also ate lunch in the cafeteria. Pretty good. Got the chicken that they said had a soy sauce taste but it didn't. Great value too! 600 yen for adult and free for under 11. Incidentally, the polar bears seemed fine and dandy to me. There area was very good size too.
Ueno is the best final destination for someone who does not want to venture too far in Tokyo. It has the shrines, zoo, museums, park itself and countless smaller activities.
In the spring, it is famous for the cherry blosoms. In the summer, the activities. Kite flying . . . .
It is an exceptional value and a place one would not want to miss.
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