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Ueno Onshi Park
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Ueno Park which includes a park and a city

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
APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae
3 out of 5
2 Chrome-14-26, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$66 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.

Located in Ueno, this hotel is steps away from Ueno Onshi Park and Benten-Do Temple. Ameya-Yokochō and National Museum of Western Art are also within 10 minutes. ...

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Hotel SAILS Asakusa
Hotel SAILS Asakusa
2-18-1 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
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Located in Taito, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ueno Onshi Park and Ueno Zoo. University of Tokyo and Tokyo National Museum are also within 15 ...

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APA Hotel Ueno Ekikita
APA Hotel Ueno Ekikita
3 out of 5
Ueno 7-chome 12-11, Taito-ku, Tokyo
The price is NZ$66 per night from 20 Apr. to 21 Apr.

Located in Ueno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo National Science Museum, Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. National Museum of Western ...

3.9/5Very Good! (990 reviews)
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Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020

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23 Dec. 2019

There's nothing special about the park itself, but this does not take into account the museums/zoo (they have their own separate review areas on this website). It's big and open, so crowds aren't an issue, but there isn't a lot to see. But it is impressive if you time it for plum blossom or cherry blossom season. Otherwise, there is no need to make a trip here.

5/5 - Excellent

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31 Oct. 2019

Less crowded on a weekday

5/5 - Excellent

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25 Sep. 2019

Must see

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Jul. 2019

A great way to start the day before most shops open. Go for a swan boat ride and enjoy the peacefulness amongst the city.

5/5 - Excellent

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5 Jun. 2019

A lovely area & about 5 stops on subway! Market day on Saturday but has a beautiful park Best of all our favourite Hard Rock Cafe just inside Ueno main train station

4/5 - Good

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11 Apr. 2019

Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom great

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APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae
APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae
3 out of 5
2 Chrome-14-26, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$66 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae
Hotel SAILS Asakusa
Hotel SAILS Asakusa
2-18-1 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
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APA Hotel Ueno Ekikita
APA Hotel Ueno Ekikita
3 out of 5
Ueno 7-chome 12-11, Taito-ku, Tokyo
The price is NZ$66 per night from 20 Apr. to 21 Apr.
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Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
3.5 out of 5
3-19-7 Higashi-ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$78 per night from 16 Apr. to 17 Apr.
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Tarui building 2F
3 out of 5
3-1-31-2F, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$290 per night from 30 Apr. to 1 May
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Hotel Graphy Nezu
Hotel Graphy Nezu
3 out of 5
4-5-10 Ikenohata, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$78 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
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Tarui building 3F
3 out of 5
3-1-31-3F, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
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Hotel Wing International Select Ueno Okachimachi
Hotel Wing International Select Ueno Okachimachi
3 out of 5
2-18-4, Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$63 per night from 16 Apr. to 17 Apr.
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