Ueno Park, Tokyo

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    Ueno Park - Toshogu Shrine

    by chatterley Written Dec 25, 2008

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    Toshogu Shrine
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    A Toshogu is a Shinto shrine in which Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the last shogunate of Japan, is enshrined. There are many Toshogu shrines in Japan, the most famous one is in Nikko.

    This shrine at Ueno Park is also pretty well known. It has 50 copper lanterns which are used in the purification rituals (see other photo), and were offered by the feudal lords to the Toshogu shrine. There is also a 5-storey pagoda beside the shrine.

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    Ueno-Onshi Park

    by chatterley Written Dec 24, 2008

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    Ueno Park

    This park houses many museums and other facilities, including the Ueno Zoo (which is known for a set of giant pandas, a gift from China). The park also houses the Toshogu Shrine (see next tip). When we went there on a Saturday morning, lots of people were strolling at the park and walking their dogs.

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    Tokyo's Ueno Park - Part 2

    by Anjin-san Written Jun 20, 2008

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    Romantic boat ride on Shinobazu Pond
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    Ueno Park is a spacious public park located in the Ueno section of Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It occupies the site of the former Kan'ei-ji, a temple closely associated with the Tokugawa shoguns, who had built the temple to guard Edo Castle against the northeast. The temple was destroyed during the Boshin War.

    Ueno Park was established through an imperial land grant to the city of Tokyo by Emperor Taishô in 1924. The official name of the park is Ueno Onshi Kôen, which can be translated as "Ueno Imperial Gift Park".

    A famous statue of Saigô Takamori walking his dog stands in this park.

    Three museums (Tokyo National Museum, The National Science Museum and The National Museum of Western Art) a concert hall, a Toshogu shrine, the Shinobazu Pond with its Benzaiten shrine, and the Ueno Zoo make this area a tourist and recreation area popular with both Japanese and foreigners.

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    Tokyo's Ueno Park - Part 1

    by Anjin-san Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    There are thousands of Cherry trees in Ueno Park.
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    Ueno Park is a spacious public park located in the Ueno section of Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It occupies the site of the former Kan'ei-ji, a temple closely associated with the Tokugawa shoguns, who had built the temple to guard Edo Castle against the northeast. The temple was destroyed during the Boshin War.

    Ueno Park was established through an imperial land grant to the city of Tokyo by Emperor Taishô in 1924. The official name of the park is Ueno Onshi Kôen, which can be translated as "Ueno Imperial Gift Park".

    A famous statue of Saigô Takamori walking his dog stands in this park.

    Three museums (Tokyo National Museum, The National Science Museum and The National Museum of Western Art) a concert hall, a Toshogu shrine, the Shinobazu Pond with its Benzaiten shrine, and the Ueno Zoo make this area a tourist and recreation area popular with both Japanese and foreigners.

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    FAB PARK WITHOUT the COST!

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    Soak in the atmosphere at Tokyo's fave park
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    If you are pressed for time and cannot go through the whole huge UENO ZOO, go sightseeing at UENO PARK, just a few minutes' walk from UENO Station using JR line and the monorail.

    The majestic trees are very calming, despite the crowds that are not surprisingly drawn to the many fascinating species of trees and flowers around the park. Along the way to the gigantic park are several more attractions to go to making it a cultural mecca as well with places like the Art Museum, Tokyo Museum, Bird Sanctuary, conservatorium, etc.

    The best part about this park is it is FREE of course!

    People watching can also be fun with the throng of crowds- schoolkids on their excursion being close to the holiday in Japan. You can choose to avoid the crowds (which is really near to impossible) so just soak in the atmosphere! Get abreast with the latest fashion for mums and young ladies alike as you see the women even in high heels walking cautiously around the grounds of the gigantic park!

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    Toshogu Shrine

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    Toshogu shrine is the historical treasure of Ueno Park. It was built in 1627 and then remodeled 24 years later. It was remarkably undamaged during the battle of 1868 - which is an irony as the shrine is dedicated the memory of the first shogun,

    Tokugawa Ieyasu took power away from the Emperor and established Edo as the capital. On the left before the main torii (gate) stands one of the three largest lanterns in Japan. (Torri Gate picture). While it might appear neglected, it is one of the rare places preserved in its almost original state. The armour and sword of the shogun are still there along with maps and artifacts of the area.

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    Ueno Park

    by o00o Written Jul 23, 2006

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    Me and Sakura

    I presonelly haven't been to the park for many years,
    but one thing I am sure is you will never be alone as there are many Iranian asking chances to chat with you, to make friend with you, if you go further down of the park to Ameyoko, you will probraly see some Chinese smiling at you and saying Hi to you.

    Turns right to the station and the local Japanese will wave there hands and say 'Konnichiwa' to you.

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    Ueno Park, Tokyo's First (3 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written Jun 25, 2006

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    Located adjacent the Ueno train station, hub for northeastern Japan train services, this large park was first opened in 1873. It may be most famous for its 1200 flowering cherry trees which blossom in the spring. There are 4 museums devoted to art, science, and Japanese history as well as a famous zoo. Monet's "Water Lilies" is shown at the museum of Western Art. There are also several shrines with one contained within a large artificial lake. One is devoted to the Tokugawa Ieyseu, who unified Japan and whose mausoleum is a central attraction at Nikko. Included are images of the temple, the large lake, and the exterior of the National Museum.

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    Ueno Park in Winter

    by aukahkay Written Jan 18, 2006

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    Entrance to the Toshogu Shrine
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    Ueno Park is the most famous metropolitan park in Tokyo. It is most famous for the cherry blossoms that appear each year in early spring. My visit to Ueno Park on a wintry and snowy morning came with no fewer surprises.
    Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Its entrance of consecutive Shinto shrines leads into the inner courtyard where you can see traditional stone lanterns.
    Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond.
    Of course the zoo was closed for winter so I did not get to see the pandas.
    After the park, head for Ameyoko, a flea market selling reasonably priced Japanese tidbits, sake and confectionaries.

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    ZOO

    by tedandtina Written Jul 2, 2005

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    We take our kids to this ZOO and park quite often. There are many animals and it is very nice to see them upfront and close. Admission is quite reasonable and it is a fun experience for kids of all ages. Ueno Park is also quite nice year round-especially in April with the Cherry Blossoms. Ueno station is big, but signs in English direct you to the park and Zoo.

    Lots of food and gift vendors and strollers are available for a nominal fee. We recommend bringing a stroller or renting one as the little ones may get tired from walking quite a bit all day.

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    Ueno Park

    by lobsterman Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Cherry Blossoms

    Great place to spend a day, as it is a massive area encompassing museums, a zoo, a temple, a shrine, and many food vendors/market. We were there at the beginning of April, which was prime viewing time for the cherry blossoms. Great atmosphere, many picnickers and performers, with beautiful natural surroundings.

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    Toshu gu Shrine

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    Toshu gu shrine

    One more picture of this interesting temple. It is set back in a wooded area of Ueno Park. When you are there it feels like you are in a country setting not in the middle of one of the mostly densely populated cities in the world.

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    Ueno Park

    by quime Updated Oct 23, 2004

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    It is close to akibahara station, so after or before do it your discount shopping you can conme here to relax and see the zoo, with the popular panda nad the aquaruium.especially at cherry blossom season.there is a park area, a museum of western art and natural history, .
    at the park you can buy fake telephone cards that works very well!!! but be awere of the police, this is elegal, no matther you are paying half price or whatever. usually are people from the phillipines or the middle orient selling the phone cards.

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    Ueno Park

    by o00o Written Aug 17, 2004

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    Ueno Park

    Ueno Park is just a minute walk from Ameyoko Ueno, most of the time, visitor will never forget to spend another hour here. They are a lot of museums here for you to explore. In Spring, Sakura Blossom festival is one of the biggest event in a year. Families and Companies rent a small space on the ground under the Sakura trees and having dinner party after work. There are no boundaries here now and If you are on time for the festival, just join any group and sit down for the free beer and free food. No one will question you because there are too crowded.

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    The Tokyo National Museum

    by kdoc13 Written May 22, 2004

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    One of the Tokyo National Museum's Buildings

    This is the largest museum in Japan and is like their version of the Smithsonian, complete with 8 different buildings. It contains many of the treaures of Japan, along with art Japan's long history, along with some other fine arts which were looted from China and Korea before World War II. Still, the beauty of the things you will see there are worth going out of your way for.

    Check the web site for maps, admission information and also information about the changing exhibits.

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