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The Ueno area provides a vast variety of points of interest such as Ueno Onshi Koen, which is the first public park in Japan, Ueno Zoo that is famous for giant pandas, department stores and restaurants. The Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park is a popular date spot. This is an area with a nostalgic and a relaxed atmosphere. Vibrant Ameya Yokocho has an international feel, and is a must go to place.
- 7-1 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo
- Ueno Station on JR Line, Keisei Dentetsu, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line
- Official Website
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After Wold War II, supplies of the occupation forces from America were sold on this street, and it came to be called "Ameya Yokocho." There is a dense collection of shops such as groceries, clothes, general goods, and jewelers. Hawkers line this vibrant street displaying a rare display of Japanese extroverted attitude to entice you into their shops.
Ueno Onshi Koen
Many cultural institutions are concentrated in this park, and it is known for beautiful cherry blossoms. A zoo, museums and a library are located in this expansive area. It draws many visitors especially in spring. The Shinobazu Pond that lies to the south of the park displays different scenes with the seasons. The lotus flowers bloom in summer, and many waterfowls can be seen in winter.
Ueno Zoo is the nation's first zoo. It is home to about 400 species and 3,000 animals, and draws the largest number of visitors in Japan. The zoo is famous for having giant pandas and other endangered species.
Ueno-no-Mori Museum of Art (The Ueno Royal Museum)
Aside from displaying art and calligraphy exhibitions, this museum features retrospective exhibitions of artists from all over the world and special exhibitions of collections from other museums. The museum has a broad range of categories, and it recently got the public's attention for featuring a famous animator.
National Museum of Nature and Science
This is the only national museum of nature and science in Japan. The museum holds permanent exhibitions in two buildings, Nihon-kan (Japan Gallery) and Chikyu-kan (Global Gallery). Under the theme of "Human Beings in Coexistence with Nature," they feature about 14,000 displays on the evolution of humans and animals, changes in nature and the progress of scientific technology.
Shitamachi Fuzoku Shiryokan (Shitamachi Museum)
There are reproduction of houses that date back to 100 years in this museum, so you can experience what Japanese life was like in the old days. A large collection of old toys are displayed for visitors to play with. Also exhibited are collections that show the history of Ueno and Asakusa.