Ueno is an area located in the northeast of central Tokyo. While the downtown area is bustling all year round in front of the station, Ueno Park, which lies on the west side of the city, is the center of Tokyo’s intellectual culture with numerous temples and museums. On the north side of Ueno, there is a residential area with many quiet temples, which is rare in Tokyo, and it is a fun area to walk.  With two faces, a lively area and a calm cultural area. I would like you to spend half a day or one day around Ueno, but when you don’t have time, it’s close to Asakusa, so it’s recommended to combine both.


Highlights of Ueno


Shrines and temples in Ueno Park


Kaneiji Temple Kiyomizu Kannon-do

If you walk in the park from Okachimachi to Ueno Zoo, the first temple you will see is Kaneiji Kiyomizu Kannon-do.

It is an important cultural property of the country, built in 1694 to imitate Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto.


Goshuin is very popular, and many people including foreigners are lined up.


You can see from here to Benten-do in Shinobazu Pond, but there is a considerable difference in elevation.

About Kiyomizu Kannon-do | Kiyomizu Kannon-do Official Homepage
Kaneiji Temple is a special temple of the Tendai sect in Taito Ward, Tokyo. The mountain number is Toueizan.


Shinobazu Pond Bentendo (Bentendo)


Looking down from Kiyomizu Kannon-do, Shinobazu Pond Bentendo (Shinobazuike Bentendo) is located far below the pond. The current building was rebuilt in 1958.

While Kiyomizu Kannon-do was made to imitate Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, this Benten-do is said to be made to imitate Hogon-ji Temple on Chikubu Island in Lake Biwa.


It is located in the center of Shinobazu Pond, and beyond the pond, you can see buildings such as the University of Tokyo Hospital standing on the hills in the direction of Nezu and Yushima.

Shinobazu Pond Buntendo Official Homepage
Kaneiji Temple is a special temple of the Tendai sect in Taito Ward, Tokyo. The mountain number is Toueizan.


Gojoten Shrine, Ana Inari, Hanazono Inari Shrine

In Ueno Park, there is Gojoten Shrine, which was born in this area 1900 years ago.

In the oldest literature, it seems to be the first to appear in Gyoe’s “Northern Travelogue” written in 1486. It seems that there was a homepage of Gojoten Shrine until 2010, but now there is no homepage.

We will go down a torii gate like Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.

Despite the bustling center of Ueno, it has a spiritual atmosphere.


Ana Inari is located on the same site as Gojoten Shrine. Open the door on the right side and enter the cave.

Hanazono Inari Shrine is also located in the same precincts.


Ueno Daibutsu (Pagoda)

In recent years, Ueno Daibutsu has become famous because tourist posters have been posted on JR stations.


The Great Buddha does not have a large statue, but the face left after the earthquake and war is carefully enshrined.

Toeizan Kaneiji Temple Official Homepage


Ueno Toshogu Shrine


It is a shrine built for the people of Edo who cannot go to Nikko.


The existing main hall was built in 1651 and is an important cultural property of the country.

Ueno Toshogu Official Homepage
Ueno Toshogu Shrine ”. A shrine dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa. The peony is famous and the peony festival is held in winter and spring.



Ueno Park where museums are concentrated

Ueno Park is home to national, metropolitan and private museums such as the National Museum and the National Museum of Western Art.

National Museum-Japan’s oldest museum

This is the Tokyo National Museum. It is the oldest museum in Japan that opened in 1897.

Other facilities named “National Museum” are located in Nara, Kyoto and Kyushu.

Despite being one of the museums concentrated in Ueno Park, the exhibition area of ​​the Tokyo National Museum is about 18,000 m2 in the entire Ueno building, which is much larger than the next largest Kyushu National Museum (Dazaifu City), 5,444 m2, and Nara, 4,079 m2. increase.

Although it is one of Japan’s leading museums, it is smaller than the Louvre Museum and British Museum in Paris, which are 5 to 60,000 square meters.

Tokyo National Museum-Tohaku
This is the official website of the Tokyo National Museum-Tohaku. You can see information on exhibitions and events, visit information, and a masterpiece gallery.


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

It is a museum that opened in 1918. Due to the lack of space, large-scale public exhibitions have been moved to the National Art Center, Tokyo, and contemporary art has been moved to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, which is close to Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station and Kiba Station.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
This is the official website of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Vermeer and 17th Century Dutch Painting Exhibition in Dresden National Museum of Fine Arts, Scottish National Gallery THE GREATS Beauty Masters, Boston Museum of Fine Arts Exhibition Art x Power, Finn Juhl and Danish Chairs We will deliver the beauty of the east and west with a variety of lineups.


National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art is located near the park exit of Ueno Station and stands opposite the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. The National Museum of Western Art itself is one of the buildings around the world that has been registered as a World Heritage Site as “Le Corbusier’s architectural works”.

There are more than 6000 works in the collection, and 1700 are said to be Daumier’s prints transferred from the Tobu Museum of Art in Ikebukuro, which was closed.

Top Page | The National Museum of Western Art
The official website of the National Museum of Western Art. Exhibition / event information, collection of works, shop / restaurant usage information, etc.


National Science Museum

The National Museum of Nature and Science is popular with children. There is an exhibition about the evolution of the earth, such as the restored skeleton of dinosaurs and fossils.

National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo
This is the official website of the National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo). You can see various information such as usage information, event information, exhibition information, virtual museum, etc.



Other facilities / highlights

International Library of Children’s Literature

If you go from Ueno Station, you will find the International Library of Children’s Literature near Kaneiji Temple, behind the National Museum.

It is a Renaissance-style building built as the “Imperial Library” in 1897, and the building itself is worth a visit. Picture books from around the world are on display in the museum.

There is also a cafeteria inside, so you can spend a relaxing time. Admission is free.


Shinobazu Pond and boat stop

There are several places in Tokyo where you can take a boat, one of which is Shinobazu Pond. You can spend a relaxing time in a relaxing place in the city.

The fare for Shinobazu Pond boats is 500 yen for 30 minutes for low boats and 700 yen for swan boats. (Revised in November 2021)

I also got on a low boat to write this article, but in the unpretentious atmosphere peculiar to Ueno, when I went out to the center of the pond, I could see the Tokyo Sky Tree and spend a relaxing time.

Even if you don’t take a boat, you can just take a walk around the lotus-covered Shinobazu Pond. There are fewer people than near Ueno station, so it may be suitable for those who want to spend their time quietly.

Ueno Zoo

* As of November 2021, Ueno Zoo requires advance reservations. Other facilities are closed, so it is recommended to check in advance.

Speaking of Ueno, the impression that Ueno Zoo is strong may be that if you are a person from Tokyo or Kanto, you will be brought to Ueno once as a child. The panda has become a symbol of Ueno as a whole.

The long-standing Ueno monorail has always been in the black, but it has been suspended due to the cost of renewing aging facilities and vehicles.

Ueno Zoo Official Website-Tokyo Zoonet
An official website full of the latest information on Ueno Zoo and news about animals. Introducing the opening date, event calendar, highlights, etc. in an easy-to-understand manner.



Hotel in Ueno

There are no large hotels in Ueno, but there are many business hotels and hostels.

Access to Ueno

The station you get off at depends on where you go to Ueno. If you want to go around museums and parks, the park exit of JR Ueno Station is near. The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, which connects directly to Asakusa and Ginza, has Ueno Station and Ueno Hirokoji Station. If you go to a shopping district such as Ameya Yoko, Ueno Hirokoji Station is near. Keisei Ueno Station, which can be reached directly from Narita Airport, is located in the basement of Ueno Park, a little away from Ueno Station. It is connected to JR, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station, and Oedo Line Ueno Okachimachi Station by an underpass.

However, you can walk while enjoying a walk no matter where you get off.

You can reach Asakusa station by Ginza line in 3 stations and 5 minutes. I don’t recommend it because it takes time to walk.

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