Ueno has many places to visit from shopping, zoo, to museums. Ueno is known as an old town that some parts remain the same as it was after the war. Ueno zoo in Ueno is the most popular zoo in Japan for its pandas. In Japan, there are only 2 zoos where you can see pandas so many people keeps visiting Ueno zoo. Ueno is also called as the town of art that it has the most renowned art university in Japan and top museums. At Ameyoko street, don’t miss to buy some local foods. Check the attractions of fascinating Ueno!
Where is Ueno
Must see spots in Ueno!
Once you go out the Ueno station, Ueno park with a lot of greenery is located in front of you. Beautiful nature show up in each season at this big park. Walking through such a park, there is Ueno Zoo, the first zoo opened in Japan. It is always busy as a very popular spot for families and couples! Ameyoko street, a 500 meters-long local shopping arcade lined with about 400 stores, is located just South of Ueno station. The street is a symbol of Ueno and is packed with cheap stores.
Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in the Ueno Park. This oasis in the busy city has 3 areas, ‘a lotus pond-covered with stunning lotus flowers in July & August,’ ‘a boat pond-where you can enjoy boat ride,’ and ‘a duck pond-inhabited by ducks.’ You can admire variety of views throughout the year!
Ueno Toshogu Shrine is magnificently located in the Ueno park with about 400 years history. It is a famous shrine enshrining the great Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, who built the Edo period and unified Japan for the first time. Shining gold gate is designated as an Important Cultural Property by the government!
The large building in front of Ueno station’s park gate is this Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. It was built and opened in 1961 as an authentic music hall where people can play opera or ballet. Various shows are held regularly that makes here always crowded!
One of the largest art towns in Japan!
Ueno has lots of museums where you can enjoy various artworks! Ueno park located in front of Ueno station has famous museums including the National Museum of Western Art that its building is certified as a World Heritage Site. Various exhibitions are available depending on the season so it is fun no matter how many times you go! Please enjoy a day filled with artworks at this art town.
Shopping at Ueno, the old town in Tokyo!
Lots of shopping spots in Ueno including the famous Ameyoko street are popular. Shopping spots are always crowded with many people in the daytime! You can enjoy shoppings at various stores from traditional stores to new shopping complexes!
Shimura Shoten stands out the most at the famous Ameyoko shopping arcade in Ueno. This store is always crowded by selling various chocolates at bargain prices. Shimura Shoten sells at a flat rate, JPY 1,000 per bag and packs chocolate snacks as much as the clerk wants to. It is called ‘tataki-uri’ in Japanese and you can get chocolate snacks worth JPY 3,000. Why don’t you enjoy getting Japanese chocolate snacks at best deal ever!
ABAB Ueno, a shopping complex of fashion and novelty items, is located about 5 minutes away from Ueno station along the Main Street. ABAB has 8th floors and is very popular among the young. You can enjoy shopping at all sorts of fashion stores at affordable prices!