What is Ueno Park?
Until the Shinkansen (Bullet train) started its operation in 1964, Tokyo’s gateway was always Ueno Station. People from the northeastern region who migrated to the metropolitan area for job hunting arrived at Ueno station after their long journey.
Ueno Park is spread in front of the main entrance of Ueno Station, Tokyo. The little hilly plateau with its gross area of 0.53 million sq. metres (128.5 acres) called “Ueno-no-Yama (Ueno mountain)”, has a constant stream of visitors on a daily basis..
What to See?
The Statue of Saigo Takamori.
When you visit Ueno park, the statue of Saigo Takamori welcomes you at the southern entrance of the park. He is a historic hero who in 1868 modernized Japan by leading a new government troop in a battle against the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Multiple Cultural Establishments.
There are a number of cultural establishments located inside the park: Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, National Museum of Nature and Science, The Ueno Royal Museum, and the like. There is also Tokyo Bunka Kaikan where both domestic and overseas musicians hold their concerts. The respective establishments largely contribute to the nation’s highest quality of its cultural development in each and every genre.
Meet and Greet the Pandas.
In addition to the various genres of cultural facilities, Ueno Park even includes a zoo as a part of the nature museum. There are over 500 of live species exhibited, including the panda bears sent from China as a sign of friendship.
The Beauty of the Four Seasons.
Every Tokyoite loves Ueno Park as a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms. In early spring, the park is painted in pale pink of these cherry blossoms that farewell to the end of the cold and freezing season.
The end of the cherry blossom season sees the blooms of azalea. In summer there are graceful lotuses, in autumn there are beautiful Japanese maples coloring everything in red, then in winter the breathtaking tree peonies draws peoples’ attention… the four seasons will keep you entertained throughout the year.
Ueno park welcomes you with a variety of attractions that include its historical monuments, various cultural establishments, the nature’s beauty, etc. Whenever you visit, whoever you visit with, Ueno park will always satisfy you and your companion.
Did You Know?
As you approach to the Ueno Seiyoken Restaurant in Ueno Park, you will come across with a gigantic relief of the Buddha’s head.
Back in old days, inside the park, there was a little hill called Daibutsu-Yama (Mt. Buddha) where a magnificent statue of the Great Buddha was placed. Unfortunately when the Great Kanto Earthquake occurred in 1923, its respectful head had fallen off as its neck was damaged. This head was preserved at a nearby temple called Kaneiji. Then a half a century later, it was fit into a relief and restored back to its original spot in 1973.