A hub of cultural attractions, Ueno Park originally served as the gardens of the Kaneiji Temple during the Edo period. In 1873 it opened to the public as one of the first Western-style parks. An island temple to the goddess of fortune and beauty floats in its pond, while the national museum and art museum stand as bastions of Japan's rich heritage. Rest up between cultural sightseeing, stop by the zoo, or visit the market under the elevated train line. In the spring, join the flocks of visitors enjoying the over 800 blossoming cherry trees. Work out when and for how long to visit Ueno Park and other Tokyo attractions using our handy Tokyo trip planner.
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Ueno Park reviews
Compared to other parks, this was average for us. No entrance fees. There were not much any places to rest other than the Starbucks and another cafe nearby. Since hanami was not allowed, you can't... more »
A great park to people watch and visit a few historic sites. It is also not far from the metro station. more »
Ueno Park has so much to explore with easy access from the train! Temples, shrines, museums, ponds, fountains, the Zoo, and in mid-January the Peony Festival! There are ancient historical sites and..... more »
Oh to be here in autumn and spring when the blossoms are out. But today there were tulips and it was lovely. Large open area with plenty of space for kids to play. Strollers and wheelchair accessible. Fountains are stunning. Places to eat, sit and dine as well although it’s really just Starbucks. Located centrally near the Ueno Zoo which is also near Ueno Station. Easy to get to and navigate around.
FYI Weekends are incredibly crowded! The most people I had seen during my two-week visit to Tokyo. Thankfully I visited this park many times and had a number of enjoyable experiences sightseeing. Incredible location close to a hub of excellent Museums, a shrine I visited at night.. as much as I tried, I couldn't see it all. TIP: I ended up buying the Grutt Pass, but it turns out they sold a pass specific to Ueno park for their museums which would have been the much better deal. My online research did not turn that info up, but you'll see the park ticket station and posters a short walk from Ueno station. I returned here about three times and even caught a festival one day, could only manage about one museum per day. Wonderful gift shops.
The Zoo was much more interesting than I initially thought. It makes a good afternoon of time pass. If you have more time there are a few museums nearby that can be visited along with the zoo. Ueno zoo has various species of animals, including polar bears and pandas! You can witness the zoo keepers feeding the polar bears, penguins, seals etc. It is a good zoo to spend time in. Ideal for families, dates and friends!
Visited this park at 10pm and again at 11am the next day. Felt very safe there even late In the evening. Park is so clean and well maintained, just a few steps away from the train! It’s massive in size and a lot to see and do during the day. Would recommend 2-3 hours here. There’s a zoo, a lake to walk around or paddle boat on, restaurants, a couple temples/ shrines, massive water fountain, and a few museums. It’s beautiful here, I would highly recommend a visit. Or if you have time to waste, bring a blanket and snacks and read a book in the grass or on the seating around the fountain.
This park is a great place to go for a run or to see a little bit of nature. The pond is filled with waterfowl and the paths are great for running if you get creative with your routes (you could get in a few kilometers). It's a nice break from the typical city because it has far fewer intersections. The morning is the best time to go because there are far fewer people
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