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Ueno Park

Home to important museums, shrines and one of the city’s most photographed ponds, this public park is a perfect one-stop destination for culture and tranquility.

Tokyo’s Ueno Park was once the site of one of the city’s largest temples. Now recognized for its important museums and institutions, this park is also among Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom viewing locations. Around late March to early April, over 1,000 cherry trees blossom along the park’s main pathway, attracting visitors from all over Japan and the world. Bring a mat and picnic to enjoy hanami with delicate pink blossoms falling beside you.

Enter Ueno Park’s southern entrance and look for the statue of Saigo Takamori, a general in the Battle of Ueno. The original temple that stood in the park was largely destroyed during this 19th-century battle. The area was subsequently converted into one of Japan’s first Western-style parks in 1873.

Stroll through the park and visit the Ueno Tōshō-gū Shrine, known for its copper lanterns and elaborate wooden carvings. Built in 1627, the shrine is one of only a few Edo-period structures still remaining in Tokyo. 

See the latest exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. The museum has no permanent collection; instead it showcases rotating exhibits that range from art nouveau to traditional Japanese styles.

Snap some photos of Shinobazu Pond, with tranquil waters covered in a carpet of lotus plants. The subject of numerous paintings, the pond sits serenely in stark contrast to the backdrop of urban Tokyo, making it a favorite with photographers and artists. Overlooking Shinobazu Pond, Kiyomizu Kannon Temple is designed after the well-known temple of the same name in Kyoto. Dedicated to the goddess of childbearing, this temple is often visited by couples hoping to conceive. 

Near the pond and temple is the Great Buddha Hill, or Daibutsu Yama. Follow the stairs to the top of this small hill to see Ueno Daibutsu, a bronze Buddha statue dating back to the 17th century. Once a towering full-length statue, only the Buddha’s large face remains today.

Ueno Park is found northeast of central Tokyo, within walking distance of Ueno Station. Admission to the park itself is free, but some of the on-site museums charge a small entrance fee.


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APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae ¥4,050
APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae

APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae

2 Chrome-14-26, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ueno, this hotel is steps from Ueno Park and Benten-Do Temple. Ameya-Yokochō and National Museum of Western Art are also within 10 minutes. Keisei-Ueno Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ueno-okachimachi Station is 6 minutes.

    Centurion Hotel & Spa Ueno Station ¥4,324
    Centurion Hotel & Spa Ueno Station

    Centurion Hotel & Spa Ueno Station

    6-8-16 Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Ueno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Suzumoto Theater, Benten-Do Temple, and National Museum of Western Art. Ueno Zoo and Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine are also within 15 minutes. Ueno-okachimachi Station and Keisei-Ueno Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Graphy Nezu ¥5,653
      Hotel Graphy Nezu

      Hotel Graphy Nezu

      4-5-10 Ikenohata, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Taito, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ueno Park and University of Tokyo. Ueno Zoo and Ameya-Yokochō are also within 15 minutes. Nezu Station is 5 minutes by foot and Yushima Station is 14 minutes.

        Centurion Hotel Ueno ¥3,903
        Centurion Hotel Ueno

        Centurion Hotel Ueno

        2-3-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bunkyo, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ueno Park and Ameya-Yokochō. Akihabara Electric Town and Ueno Zoo are also within 15 minutes. Yushima Station and Ueno-okachimachi Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Tarui building 2F ¥2,455
          Tarui building 2F

          Tarui building 2F

          3-1-31-2F, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Taito, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, and Ameya-Yokochō. University of Tokyo and Tokyo National Museum are also within 15 minutes. Nezu Station is 7 minutes by foot and Keisei-Ueno Station is 8 minutes.

            Tarui building 3F ¥4,091
            Tarui building 3F

            Tarui building 3F

            3-1-31-3F, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Taito, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, and Ameya-Yokochō. University of Tokyo and Tokyo National Museum are also within 15 minutes. Nezu Station is 7 minutes by foot and Keisei-Ueno Station is 8 minutes.

              Hotel Park Side ¥9,851
              Hotel Park Side

              Hotel Park Side

              2-11-18 Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ueno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ueno Park and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Zoo and Akihabara Electric Town are also within 15 minutes. Yushima Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ueno-okachimachi Station is 4 minutes.

                Kinuya Hotel
                Kinuya Hotel

                Kinuya Hotel

                2-14-28 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ueno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ameyoko Market and Ueno Park. Tokyo Dome and Sensō-ji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Keisei-Ueno Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ueno-okachimachi Station is 5 minutes.