Ueno Park, Tokyo

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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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    Ueno Park

    by bladedragon Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    Ueno park is a huge public park just next to Ueno station.
    There's so many things to see here, you can easily spend the whole day, of course that's if you don't visit all of the Museums inside the park.

    Anyway due to the time constraint and lack of research on my part, I skipped or missed quite a number of interesting sights there.

    Here are some of the highlights:
    -Saigo Takamori's statue (I missed this one)
    -Ueno Zoo (no time to visit)
    -Shinobazu Pond (should be nice on spring, but it was winter when I was here...)
    -Many Shrines and Temples: Hanazono Inari Shrine, Benten Hall, Toshogu Shrine, etc.
    -Many Museums: Tokyo National Museum, the Orient Museum, the National Science Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery, etc.
    -more than 1000 cherry trees! (they're all bald on winter...)
    -And not to mention the many entertainers trying to amuse the visitors.

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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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    UENO PARK

    by balhannah Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    Lotus flower

    This is a nice park to visit, via train from Tokyo. If you come on any day but a Monday, you will find all the Art Galleries & Museums are open, the Zoo is here, there are Temples, nice gardens, Playgrounds and a large Lake.

    A minus is......... quite a few homeless Japanese sleep on the park benches or under make-shift homes of cardboard, don't worry, they don't take any notice of you.

    Its a nice spot to enjoy on a hot Tokyo day, and if you are here in Spring, its an excellent place to see the Cherry Blossoms. When we were there, (July) the large Shinobazu Lotus Pond was just coming into bloom, what a sight that would have been a couple of weeks later.

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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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    The Great Buddhis Pagoda - Ueno Park

    by ChuckG Written Jan 6, 2004

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    Great Buddhist Pagoda

    It was built in 1967 on the site of an ancient Buddha statue. The pagoda stand on top of a small hill and has the head of the original statue inside.

    It is located right by the main walkway lined up with numerous cherry trees.

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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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    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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    Ueno Park

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 4, 2009

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    Ueno park

    Ueno Park has it all. It is the home to many temples, a zoo, five or six museums and is a main area for the viewing of Cherry Blossoms. If you only have a little time in Tokyo, this is where I would go as you can see so much of Japanese culture in a short time. I got here just as the first buds of the cherry blossoms were coming out. if I had been a few weeks later, they would have been in full bloom. And from what I heard, the park would have been filled with so many people!

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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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    Ueno park, statue of Saigo

    by tompt Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    statue of Saigo, Ueno park, Tokyo

    This statue of Saigo Takamori was erected in 1898 and is one of the best known monuments in Japan. It is a symbol to Ueno park.
    Saigo Takamori is credited with restoring the emperor to power after the Tokugawa Shogunate's downfall. The statue shows Saigo with his dog. It was made by Takamura Kouun.
    After World War II, General Douglas MacArthur demanded its removal due to its nationalistic association, but the Japanese people refused.

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    Ueno Park in Winter

    by aukahkay Written Jan 18, 2006

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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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    Ueno Park

    by shiran_d Updated Apr 30, 2003

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    Temple

    This wonderful park contains a handful of museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, and the Ueno (Tokyo) Zoo. It also has several temples, shrines and an aquarium. Don't miss the Beneitzen Temple. It's nestled in the middle of a beautiful, reed-filled lake in the park. This is a prime spot to see cherry trees when they're in bloom. The zoo is old and a bit cramped, but it's still home to a famous panda from China.

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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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