Ueno

Subway Route: Akihabara Station > Yamanote Line各停towards For Ueno / Ikebukuro (Counter-Clockwise) [2 Stop] > Ueno Station

 

Ueno Park (上野公園, Ueno Kōen)

Ueno Park is famous for the many museums found on its grounds, especially the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the National Science Museum. It is also home to Ueno Zoo, Japan’s first zoological garden.

is a large public park next to Ueno Station in central Tokyo. The park grounds were originally part of Kaneiji Temple, which used to be one of the city’s largest and wealthiest temples and a family temple of the ruling Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period. Kaneiji stood in the northeast of the capital to protect the city from evil, much like Enryakuji Temple in Kyoto.

Ueno Ameyoko (上野アメ横)

After World War II, the Ueno area became one of Tokyo’s leading downtown areas, and black markets used to be held there. As there were many candy shops in the area, it was given the name “Ameya Yokocho” (“ameya” for candy shop and “yokocho” for alley), which was later shortened to Ameyoko. It’s still a popular area where you can find food and miscellaneous goods for sale. It’s a rare area in Tokyo where you can haggle for the best deals, and stores along this street are often featured on TV.

Ueno Izayaka-machi (上野居酒屋街)

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This region of resturants is not far from Ueno Station. While the majority of customers are salarymen and middle-aged men, recently it’s become known as a sightseeing spot so young women and tourists have increased. There are many places that are open all night where you can enjoy B-class gourmet meals like motsuyaki and yakitori. Thanks to those places, the sight of people walking around with completely red faces is very Ueno-like.

Links:
20 Stores in Ueno with More than a 100-year Old History:
https://www.tsunagujapan.com/20-stores-in-ueno-with-more-than-a-100-year-old-history/


https://www.tsunagujapan.com/50-things-to-do-in-ueno-and-asakusa-area/
https://www.tsunagujapan.com/12-must-go-kaitenzushi-restaurants-in-ueno/
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3019.html

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