Spots in Ueno / Yanesen Area

  • Ueno Zoo
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    4.0
    3034 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 9-83
    This urban zoo located in Taito City’s Ueno-onshi-koen Park is Japan’s oldest zoo, having opened in 1882. Inside are more than 500 types of animals, and it is most famous for giant panda in particular. The zoo is breeding and displaying the world’s three rarest animals that include the pygmy hippopotamus and okapi as well as the panda. From the 1990s the animal enclosures were refurbished to provide a space for patrons to see animals in more natural surroundings.

    Ueno zoo is located in a great area and easy to visit. It has so many animals and creatures you can see. However, the cage and the area for the animals are really small and I even can feel the...

  • Ameyoko Shopping Street (Ameyoko)
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    2733 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 6-10-7
    Located in Tokyo’s Taito City, this is an approximately 500 meter-long market street along the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations. The street is lined with all types of shops including grocery stores, clothing stores and miscellaneous good stores, and is well-known for being crammed with people buying goods for the New Year’s holidays during the year-end season.

    Was a nice place to visit was extremely busy as you would expect- great variety of things to see and do overall we had a great sunny day

  • Ueno Toshogu
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    522 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 9-88
    This was established in 1627 to enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu, and it also enshrines Tokugawa Yoshimune and Tokugawa Yoshinobu. The shrine is located within Ueno-onshi-koen Park and after undergoing major renovations in 1651, it escaped calamities such as wars and earthquakes that followed, and is an important spot to see authentic architecture from the Edo period. The heavily gilded and splendid main building is also known as the shrine of gold. There is a peony garden on the premises and the shrine’s “peony festival” that takes place in spring is well-known.

    This is a Toshogu, which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Edo shogunate. Although this one is not so famous as a Toshogu in Nikko, the beauty of the main building deserves attention...

  • Nezu Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Nedu 1-28-9
    This is a shrine with a long history that is located in the Nezu district of Tokyo’s Bunkyo City is said to have been founded by Yamatotakeru (the 12th Emperor of Japan) about 1,900 years ago. The enshrined deities are Susanoo-no-Mikoto, Oyamakuino-kami and Hondawake-no-Mikoto. The shaden (main shrine building) built in 1706 is completely covered in lacquer and is a masterpiece of gongen-zukuri (style of Shinto architecture in which the main hall and worship hall share one roof, and are connected via an intermediate passageway), and seven buildings have received designation as national Important Cultural Properties. Vermillion-lacquered torii gates stand in a row at the smaller Otome Inari Shrine on the premises, making this a popular spot to take photos. The shrine is visited by many worshippers in April when 3,000 azaleas bloom profusely and in September when one of Edo three biggest festivals is held.

    A rainbow of colours greeted us as we exited the Nezu shrine walkway. It was drizzling rain but that didnt hamper the viewing of this stunning collection of azaleas. A mass of blooms exploded over...

  • Tokyo National Museum
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    8 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 13-9
    This is a national museum located within Ueno-onshi-koen Park that was established in 1872. Five buildings including the main building serve as exhibit halls, although it has several other facilities such as archives. With an enormous number of collections, it has accumulated over 116,000 items of Oriental art and ancient relics, mostly from Japan. A great number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are also included inside. The museum also holds special exhibitions that run three to five times a year.

    We came for the autumn maple leaves. It is a smaller garden behind the Tokyo National Museum inside the larger Ueno Park Complex. I do wish the quaint teahouses would have been open and serving...

  • Yanaka Cemetary
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    313 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Yanaka 7-5-24
    This cemetery was the site of a five tier pagoda that was burned down by two lovers in a double-suicide, a story which inspired Koda Rohan's novel, The Five-Storied Pagoda. Numerous cherry trees are planted on Yanaka Cemetary's grounds. The cherries growing along either side of the central road running though the cemetery are particularly beautiful, and each year many people come here to see them when they blossom in spring. The cemetery is sunny and quiet, and many famous artists, writers, and actors are buried here.

    When talking about having a pleasant walk the first think that will come to mind is probably a park and not a cemetery. Still, the Yanaka Cemetery should definitely be on your bucket list if youre...

  • Taito City Edo Shitamachi Traditional Craft Museum
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    281 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 2-1
    This museum located in Ueno-onshi-koen Park opened in 1980 as a place to teach future generations about old Tokyo and its shitamachi (working-class urban neighborhoods) as much of old Tokyo was lost due to massive destruction caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the wartime fires of 1945, and the reconstruction following these disasters. The first floor exhibits are part of a recreated shitamachi from the Taisho period with remnants of the Edo scenery including a nagaya (long wooden house), small-time candy store and a rickshaw. The second floor exhibits present items such as implements of daily life and documents mainly pertaining to the Taito City.

    Museum staff are very knowledgeable. The museum allows you to learn a lot about the history of Japan.

  • Ueno-onshi-koen Park
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen - Ikenohata 3
    This public park in Taito City is also called Ueno Park or Ueno Forest. In the Edo period this park was the premises of Toeizan Kaneiji Temple. The park has been selected as one of the 100 best places to see Japanese cherry blossoms, and in spring a large crowd turns out for hanami parties. Inside the park is the famous statue of Saigo Takamori, as well as cultural facilities such as the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Museum of Western Art, and the Ueno Zoo.
  • Ueno Royal Museum
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    3.5
    208 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 1-2
    An art museum located inside Ueno Park. Since its establishment in April of 1972, the museum exhibited art from a variety of genres, including Important Cultural Properties. The museum has no standing exhibit, instead regularly hosting only creative and unique special exhibits. The Ueno Royal Museum also offers art classes for everyone from beginners to masters.

    上野恩賜公園内及びその界隈の美術館や博物館は、国立や都立などの公営であるため、基本的に月曜日が休館となる。一方の上野の森美術館は公益財団法人による運営のため、展示期間中は基本的に開館している。アートや文化財を観賞したいがその日が月曜日である人にとって、最適な美術館の一つと言える。 一方、公益財団法人の運営であるため、近隣の都立美術館や西洋美術館と比較すると、規模が小さい上に展示数も多くない。拝観料...

  • National Museum of Nature and Science
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-20
    Established in 1877, this is Japan’s largest general science museum. The permanent exhibitions include the Global Gallery, which focuses on the history of life on earth and traces the progress of humankind as well as science and technology, the Japan Gallery, which details Japan’s nature and the history of the Japanese people, and Theater 360, which screens films that can be seen in all directions, 360 degrees around. Special exhibitions are held several times throughout the year, and it is a very popular spot with many people lining up to visit the museum even on holidays.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 8-36
    Located within Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Park) in Tokyo’s Taito City, this is Japan’s first national art museum and opened in 1926. With a goal of serving as an entrance to art for Tokyo’s citizens, it hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year such as special exhibitions jointly sponsored with media outlets, competitions arranged through art organizations, and collection exhibits that primarily include works of calligraphy. The facility also includes a café where guests can enjoy beverages and light meals, a restaurant that takes pride in its authentic roast beef, and a museum shop.
  • Yanaka Ginza
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Yanaka 3-Arakawa-ku Nishi-Niigori 3
    Located around five minutes’ walk from JR Nippori Station, Yanaka Ginza is a shopping street that retains a strong traditional ambience. Most of the shops are independent stores run by the owners; approximately 70 stores are packed into a street that is roughly 170 meters in length. Yanaka Ginza’s unique atmosphere, redolent of Tokyo’s traditional Shitamachi urban districts, and the friendly, straightforward customer service that the shops provide, attract large numbers of visitors not only from Japan but also from overseas. What makes a visit to Yanaka Ginza particularly enjoyable is being able to have a bit to eat while strolling along the street. A wide range of distinctive snacks and sweets are available, and exploring what the different stores have to offer is part of the fun.
  • Onoterusaki-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Shitaya 2-13-14
    A Shinto shrine located in 2 Chome Shitaya, Taito City, Tokyo. The shrine was built in 852 in Ueno dedicated to the famed Heian period poet Ono no Takamura. Later, the shrine was moved to its current location and in the late Edo period also became dedicated to the scholar Sugawara no Michizane. In addition to scholarship, the shrine is also believed to aid worshippers seeking help in the performing arts. The shrine's Fuji-zuka, a Mt. Fuji-shaped mound made from lava rock from the mountain in the Edo period, is a nationally designated Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

    小野は創建者 照崎は上野地域にあった古名だそうです 学業成績、合格祈願に御利益があります 境内社に稲荷織姫神社があります 二神が祀られている場合は額名右側が主神 左側の折姫神社は相殿のようです

  • The National Museum of Western Art
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-7
    This art museum, located in Ueno Onshi Park in Tokyo's Taito Ward, preserves and displays Western art. Designed by French architect Le Corbusier, the museum building, which has been designated a World Heritage site, is a highlight in itself. The Matsukata Collection, which was assembled by businessman Kojiro Matsukata and donated and returned to Japan by the French government, forms the foundation of the museum's standing exhibition, which also includes paintings from the end of the Middle Ages to the early 20th century by artists like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as modern French sculptures. In addition, the museum holds special exhibitions several times a year.
  • Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens
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    14 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ikenohata 1-3-45
    This is a Tokyo Government-run park located in Taito City. Since the premises with its garden was the principal residence of the Iwasaki clan, who presided over the Mitsubishi zaibatsu, it has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. There is a Japanese-style house based on the classical shoin style of architecture and a Western-style mansion featuring Jacobean motifs of 17th-century England. The impressive balance achieved in the juxtaposition of these two structures had a significant influence on Japanese architecture.

    구 이와사키 저택에 위치하고 있는 찻집 입니다. 맛차나 몇 가지 간단한 디저트, 카키고오리 등을 주문하여 즐길 수 있습니다. 이와사키 저택이 넓은 데다가, 마땅히 쉴 곳이 없기 때문에 이곳이 상당히 유용하게 느껴집니다.

  • Shinobazu Pond
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen
    This is a natural pond located within Ueno-onshi-koen Park. The pond is divided up into three sections, the Lotus Pond that is covered by lotus plants, the Cormorant Pond which serves as a breeding ground for the birds, and the Boat Pond for small rowboats. Bentendo Temple on Benten Island, in the center of the pond is an octagonal structure dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten. The pond is about an eight minutes’ walk from Yushima Station. Known as a famous place for cherry blossoms, visitors can also enjoy various flowers blooming throughout the four seasons.
  • Ameyoko Center Building
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 4-7-8
    This building is a veritable symbol of the Ameya-Yokocho open-air market. The above-ground floors host an array of shops and stores, including many unusual establishments such as a souvenir jacket specialty shop. Like many Japanese malls and department stores, the basement floor is home to various food shops and grocery stores, but the selection on offer is completely different from the fare normally found in such so-called depa-chika areas. Here spices, seasonings, and foods from China, Thailand, and other Asian nations as well as countries around the world are sold. In the perishable food sections, you'll find ingredients virtually never used in Japanese cuisine, like pig noses, chicken feet, and Chinese mitten crabs.
  • Kan-ei-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenosakuragi 1-14-11
    A Buddhist temple located close to JR Uguisudani Station in Uenosakuragi, Taito City, Tokyo. The temple was founded by the great monk Tenkai in 1625. The temple originally possessed vast grounds in the center of what is now Ueno Park. During the Boshin War (1968-1969), however, the temple was the site of the so-called Ueno War, when retainers of the old feudal government shut themselves up in the temple, ultimately resulting in the majority of the temple burning to the ground. The temple's lands were also sized during the Meiji period. The temple was also a family temple affiliated with the Tokugawa shogun clan, and six Tokugawa generals are buried in a mausoleum dedicated to their service on the temple grounds.
  • The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 12-8
    An art museum located on the campus of the Tokyo University of the Arts in Ueno Park, Taito City, Tokyo. The museum stores, researches, and displays some 29,000 works of art collected since before the university's predecessor, the Tokyo Fine Arts School, was established. The main building hosts a student cafeteria, museum shop, and art supplies shop. Other museum facilities, such as the Chinretsukan Gallery and Masaki Memorial Gallery, are used for special exhibitions.
  • Isetatsu (Yanaka Main Store)
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taito-ku Yanaka 2-18-9
    A publisher of Edo style chiyogami paper and omocha-e (ukiyo-e style toy pictures). It was founded in 1864. In addition to more than 1,000 kinds of chiyogami and omocha-e, they also handle Japanese stationery and papier-mache lucky charms. Their signature Edo chiyogami features washi paper block printed by hand with bright and colorful patterns. Chiyogami, which each pattern reflects the poetic aspects of life, is a traditional craft popular with international travelers. The popular product finds itself incorporated into various items worldwide, including Christmas cards and notebook covers.

    I read a lot of wonderful reviews about Isetatsu before coming to Tokyo and the experience certainly was worth the visit. This heritage paper salon contains many exquisite Chiyogami, traditional...

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