Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

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Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan, 110-87 03-3833-0030
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    Rinno-ji Temple

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Sep 22, 2016

    Garden area of Rinno-ji Temple. This temple in Ueno park is associated with the more famous and larger Rinno ji in Nikko. This temple is a small outpost in the capital city and was originally part of a larger temple complex.

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    Ueno Zoo

    by call_me_rhia Written Apr 25, 2016

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    A special treat for the little traveler: a trip to Ueno Zoo to see the pandas. It's not an amazing zoo (they never are) and animals probably wish they had more room to move about, but all in all it can be acceptable.
    The little one was delighted (pandas, otters, lemurs...) - mum and dad were mostly impressed with the hokkaido bear.

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

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    Ueno Park, Tokyo

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 12, 2013

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    Ueno Park, right across the street from Ueno Station, was constructed in 1873 during the Meiji period of Western-style development. The park sits on land that was once home to the Kan'ei-ji temple, destroyed in 1868 during the Boshin War. There are two historic strructures remaining from the temple: the five-storey pagoda (1639) and the Kiyomizu Kannondō (1631).

    The park is home to several major museums and is famous for its 1200 cherry blossoms which bloom in April. Shinobazu Pond is full of lotus plants, birds and giant carp. Museums include the Tokyo National Museum (1872), National Museum of Nature and Science (1872), National Museum of Western Art (1959), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (1926),AND ***amachi Museum (1980). Schools in the park include the Japan Academy (1879), Tokyo School of Fine Arts (1889), and Tokyo School of Music (1890). Other facilities include the Imperial Library (established 1872 and opened in Ueno Park in 1906), theTokyo Bunka Kaikan opera and ballet house (1961), and the Ueno Zoo (1882)

    Attracting 10 million visitors a year, this is Japan's most visited city park.

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

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    Old Tokyo

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    Another itinery which can easily occupy a whole day is a trip to Ueno Park and the nearby old Tokyo areas of Yanaka, Nippori and Nezu.

    To reach Ueno Park take the train to Ueno Station.

    Ueno Park contains Ueno Zoo which I have never visited, but I do know it has pandas. It also has Tosho-gu Shrine which is a life-sized replica of the main temple shrine of Nikko. On our first visit there a Noh play was being staged in the grounds. Free-entry and worth a look.

    The park also contains several water-lily covered ponds - Shinobazu Ponds and this area has a small temple to the goddess Benten - goddess of good fortune.

    At the top of the hill not far from the Ueno Station entrance to the park there is a statue of a mighty samurai warrior taking his little dog for a walk.

    Near Ueno Station before you enter the park you will also find a wonderful street market selling everything and anything, including lots of colourful food stalls.

    There are several museums including the Tokyo National Museum in this area.

    If you exit the far end of the park, near the Tokyo National Museum, you can walk to the Yanaka, Nippori district. This area is the one of the few areas of Tokyo which survived the bombings of World War II. Wander aimlessly down winding lanes with traditional wooden houses and beautiful little temples set in idyllic Japanese Gardens. Or take a stroll through Yanaka Cemetery.

    Nearby Nezu has a beautiful 300 year old shrine with a fantastic azalea gardens and pathways lined with bright red tori. The azaleas are at their peak around April/May

    Address: Taito-ku

    Directions: JR NIPPORI / Tokyo Metro SENDAGI

    At Nezu Temple
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    Ueno koen

    by didier06 Updated Apr 20, 2012

    It's a large public park in central Tokyo, not the best but probably the one offering the most attractions (museums, zoo,temples..).

    It's also one of the most famous and popular spot in Tokyo for cherry blossoms.

    Near the southern entrance one can see an unusual statue of a samourai walking with his dog, Saigo Takamori a famous samourai who lived in the nineteenth century, his opposition to the Meiji government was the historical basis for the movie "The last samourai".

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

    Saigo Takamori face of ueno daibutsu Kiyomuzu Kannon-d��

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    Ueno Zoo

    by Rabbityama Written Apr 11, 2012

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    Ueno Zoo is Japan's oldest and most famous zoo, established in 1882. It takes up a large portion of Ueno Park and is made up of two parts; the East Garden and West Garden. The main gate takes you into the East Garden. The East Garden has the pandas, although the famous panda died in 2008, all types of birds, deer, bison, elephants, bears, tigers, gorillas, capybaras, tapirs, and seals.

    From the East Garden you can walk or take the monorail to the West Garden. This is where the Children's Zoo is located, along with red pandas, the anteater, penguins, kangaroos, zebras, hippos, rhinos, giraffes and okapis. The reptile house (Vivarium) is also here, along with Shinobazu Pond which takes up a large part of the West Garden.

    Some of my personal favorites were the hippos, which include pygmy hippos, and the okapi which I had never seen before!

    In addition to the animals, there are some other interesting attractions within the zoo grounds in the East Garden. The Five-Storied Pagoda is an authentic historic structure, dating back to 1631 and was originally part of nearby Kaneiji Temple. The Kankan-tei Tea House also dates back to the 17th century and was used to host visiting shogun. The Thai Pavillion is not old but was donated by Thailand in 2007 as a symbol of positive Thai-Japanese relations. It's a popular photo op.

    The park can easily take a couple hours to fully explore if not more!

    Entrance is 600 yen.

    Address: Ueno Park 9-83, Taito-ku

    Directions: Main Gate: Ueno Station
    Ikenohata Gate: Nezu Station (Chiyoda Subway Line)

    Phone: 033-833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

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    Visit the Ueno zoo

    by didier06 Written Mar 12, 2012

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    Opened in 1862, the Ueno zoo is the oldest in Japan, among the many animals the Giant Pandas are the most famous.
    In the petting zoo kids will be delighted to caress safely rabbits, goats, mice ect....
    and if your children are tired take the monorail to travel from east to west.

    Address: Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Website: http://tokyo-zoo.net

    giant Panda white bear in the petting zoo lemurs the monorail
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    Ueno Park

    by Rabbityama Written Jan 4, 2012

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    Ueno Park is arguably Tokyo's most famous and well-known park. It's similar to New York's Central Park in that many of Tokyo's top museums can be found along the outside. Inside there are many things to see and do, as well.

    Shinobazu Pond around the Chinese-style Bentendo Temple is scenic and relaxing. My visit was in late December, so the lotus plants were dead, but the dead reeds were still very beautiful and many people were still boating in the Boat Pond.

    The park also contains the Kiyomizu Kannon-do, a temple modeled after Kyoto's Kiyomizu Temple and its own Toshogu Shrine, dating back to 1681 and dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. The shrine is really very beautiful and somewhat unexpected among the other sites in the park.

    There are also many monuments around the park and even a totem pole donated by the local Lions Club. It's nice to come here just to walk around, look at the various sites, and just enjoy a little nature. It is also a popular place to see cherry blossoms if you come in the spring. The park itself is completely free, although if you go to the museums or zoo you will have to pay.

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR Ueno Station is on the Yamanote Line, but other stations around the park are: Nezu Station on the Chiyoda Line, Ueno Station on the Ginza Line, and Ueno Okachimachi Station on the Toei Oedo Line.

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

    Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park Ueno Park's Totem Pole Toshogu Shrine Pagoda in Ueno Park Ueno Park Noguchi Hideyo Statue in Ueno Park
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    Ueno Park: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Dec 5, 2011

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    Ueno Park is built on the remains of the Kan'eiji Temple. Althogh many great structures were burned down when Meiji Government formed a new regine as the Empreor the supreme god-like being. Now it is a nice park and the remains of the temple can barely seen in Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple and Ueno Toshogu Shrine and five-storied pagoda in the zoo. There are a number of statues and monuments such as Takamori Saigo, Hideyo Noguchi and surprising presence of General Grant who planted trees there and even colossal blue whale sculpture in front of the science museum. Also Ueno park is surrounded by a number of popular museums including National Museum and National Science Museum. Museum hopping is one of the most popular Tokyoites pastimes

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

    The Great Buddha of Ueno, Kiyomizu Kannondo, Minor Kiyomizu Stage Gingko Avenue Blue Whale and A Moon Black Gate in Tokyo National Museum
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    UENO PARK

    by balhannah Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    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.

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

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    Tokyo Zoo

    by balhannah Updated Aug 18, 2010

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    Established in 1882, Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan.
    It is home to 2600 animals spread over 35 acres which means quite a bit of walking, but there is a Monorail.
    We especially came here to see the Panda's, but found it was closed on Mondays!

    We could see a 5 storied Pagoda in the Zoo, this was built in 1631.

    OPENING HOURS.....................
    9:30am. to 5:00pm (tickets sold until 4:00pm)
    CLOSED MONDAYS
    TAKE NOTE!....... (CLOSED ON Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday).
    The zoo closes from December 29 through January 1.
    The Vivarium and the Small Mammal House close the door at 4:15pm.

    Admission price is 600yen in 2010

    Free admission for the disabled, and one assistant per disabled person.

    ADMISSION IS FREE on March 20 (Ueno Zoo's Anniversary Day), May 4 (Greenery Day), and October 1 (Tokyo Citizens' Day)

    Its location about and hour by train from the city centre, about 5-10mins walk from Uneo station.

    Address: 9-83 Uneo Park, Taito - Ku, Tokyo

    Website: http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/

    Entrance to the Zoo
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    An escape from the madness!

    by clareabee Written Dec 14, 2009

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    OK so you know when you visit Tokyo it is going to be busy, busy, busy and it is. Combine that with all the neon lights and sometimes you just have a sensory overload and need a break from it...Ueno park is the perfect solution!

    this park is large and when i went there seemed to be a lot going on - street performers etc o that was amusing in itself.

    Great number of families and couples (obviously sick of shopping!) in the area...infact I felt really lonely here as a lone tourist as nobody else seemed to be on their own :-(

    Lovely park in central Tokyo.

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

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    Natsumatsuri!

    by yukisanto Written Sep 23, 2009

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    I went to Ueno Park in the evening, it is a pleasant walk. We didn't go to any of the museums there, but we went to the natsu matsuri (summer festival) fair held in the area. Had takopaki, yakisoba and even watched some people try their hand at the goldfish scooping game. It was really nice, something different.

    Note the fair is only held at a certain time in summer. Many different districts have it.
    There were fireworks around the same time further down the area at Asakusa, but we didn't go; it's a crush I heard, with millions of people. And you don't always get a good view, with Tokyo high-rise. So I thought, forget it.

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

    Natsumatsuri at Ueno The serene grounds of the Ueno
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    A park with many attractions

    by muratkorman Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Ueno Park offers not only some green area for locals, but also museums, shrines, temples and even a zoo. It wasopened to public in 1873. The park has more than 1000 cherry trees and becomes a popular spot during cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami). There are many art museums inside the park. Zoo dates back to 1882, but unfortunately the main attraction panda (a gift from China) has died. Yet you can still buy panda souvenirs. Shinobazu Pond hosts a temple for goddess Benten and Toshogu Shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu.

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

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    Toshogu Shrine

    by bladedragon Written Aug 10, 2009

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    This shrine, located inside Ueno Park, is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867.
    Toshogu ("Light of the East" or "Sun god of the east") Shrine is any Shinto shrine in which Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined with the name Tōshō Daigongen.

    Nearby there's also monument for The flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    It is said that the dove containing a little flame inside it has its source from a fire after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Another famous Toshogu is in Nikko, which is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu and dedicated to the spirits of two other of Japan's most influential historical personalities, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Minamoto Yoritomo.

    Admission fee is 200 Yen

    Address: Ueno Koen, Taito-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Keisei UENO

    Phone: 03-3833-0030

    Website: http://www.ueno.or.jp/index3.htm

    Toshogu Shrine The flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki inscription The flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki The flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 50 copper lanterns are gifts by visiting Daimyos

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