Ueno is one of Tokyo's tourist attractions due to its history and beauty. Here are some of the local attractions of this district.

Things to do in Ueno, Tokyo

Ueno in the Taito Ward of Tokyo is a spot with many things to do. The famous Ueno Zoo is a must-visit spot, since the zoo is so big visitors could spend a whole day wandering around.

Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world made up of dozens of districts and wards, each with its unique setting and attractions. Ueno in the Taito Ward, is one of them. Best known around the city as the home of the Ueno Park, it is definitely worth visiting for tourists and travelers from around the world due to its cultural significance and attractions for all age groups. It is home to museums, shrines, temples, restaurants and everything Japanese that may come to your mind. Here we will list down its venues and try to tell you a little bit about it.

 

Ueno Park

So, basically, Ueno Park is what Ueno is known for, but it is a lot more than just a park. It has a historical significance as it was established in 1873 over temple lands and it is still considered spiritual among the locals. If you are there during the spring period, be sure to see its amazing cherry blossoms and hanami. They present some of the most amazing sights for us to see. It can be accessed via Ueno Station.

Ueno Park

Address: Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 24 Hours

Phone: 03-3828-5644

Website: Ueno Park

 

Ameyoko Shopping Street

Easily accessible by Ueno Okachimachi Station along the Oedo Subway Line, this shopping street is rated as one of the cheapest shopping places in all of Tokyo. The “Ame” portion of the name is taken from America because of a lot of iconic American brand presence there. The market may remain closed on selected Wednesdays and usually remains open until 8PM in the evening.

Ameyoko Shopping Street

Address: 4-11 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Phone: 03-3832-5053

Website: Ameyoko Shopping (Japanese)

 

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo is spread over a sprawling 35 acres. It has the distinction of being the first operator of any kind of monorail in the country. The zoo was opened in March 1882, and the large urban park is home to museums, a small amusement park, and other attractions. The zoo is closed Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). At Ueno Zoo visitors can see zebras, Japanese macaques, red-crowned cranes, white-tailed eagles and king penguins, along with goats, sheep, pigs, llamas, ostriches, and rabbits.

Ueno Zoo

Address: 9-83 Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
*Closed Mondays

Phone: 03-3828-5171

Website: Ueno Zoo

 

kaneiji-temple

The Ueno Zoo is so large that some of its constituents deserve special mention. Kaneiji Temple is one of them. It was built by the Tokugawa Shogunate and they ruled Japan in the 17th century before the current royalty took charge. After this war, Japan had peace for two hundred years before Americans introduced it to the modern world. The temple itself is a five-story building emblematic of the Japanese culture. Six Tokugawa Shoguns are buried here.

Kaneiji Temple

Address: 1-14-11 Uenosakuragi, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 6 minute walk from Uguisudani Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone: 03-3821-4440

Website: Kaneiji Temple (Japanese)

 

Toshogu Shrine

Now the Tokugawa have other interesting relics and shrines around this place since they basically made this area the capital in the first place. The Toshogu Shrine is one of them. Located in the premises of the Ueno Park and built in 1616, it is the resting place of the first shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa. It was part of the previous Kaneiji Temple until 1868 but then it was separated.

Ueno Toshogu Shrine

Address: 9-88 Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8 minute walk from Nezu Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Phone: 03-3822-3455

Website: Ueno Toshogu Shrine

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is also located in the Ueno Park and can be accessed through the same subway route. It has a lot going on every now and then including art exhibitions, artists’ meetups, etc and there is a nice restaurant to boot as well!

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Address: 8-36 Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Phone: 03-3823-6921

Website: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

 

2k540 AKI-OKA Artisan

The 2k540 AKI-OKA Artisan is a shopping mall located in Ueno and if you want something very Japanese to take home with you including souvenirs and memoirs, this is the perfect place for you. There are shops for jewelry, ornaments, and skilled Japanese artisans products. There are also cafes for you to enjoy a nice cup of coffee in between. It can be accessed from the JR Okachimachi Station.

2k540 AKI-OKA Artisan

Address: 5−5−9 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 6 minute walk from Okachimachi Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
*Closed Wednesdays

Phone: 03-6806-0254

Website: 2k540 AKI-OKA Artisan (Japanese)

 

Shitamachi Museum

Shitamachi in Japanese means ‘low city’ and it was the conventional name given to the Tokyo flatlands. This area includes the Taito Ward (in which Ueno is based), the Chiyoda Ward, and the Chuo Ward. Before modernization began in the 1860s, it was mostly populated by people from the lower class like merchants, sailors, and fishermen. While other areas show the culture of the former ruling elite, this one is unique as it shows every day living in the old Tokyo.

Shitamachi Museum

Address: 2-1 Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
*Closed Mondays

Phone: 03-3823-7451

Website: Shitamachi Museum (Japanese)

 

Niku no Oyama
Photo Credit: ohyama.com

If you are hungry and don’t know what to do about your appetite and don’t want to eat local food, you can always go to Niku no Ohyama, where you can enjoy steaks, fried chicken and the all the similar “western” food that our taste buds are so accustomed to eating. It is open late in the evening until 9PM and a meal costs between 2,000 yen to 5,000 yen.

Niku no Ohyama

Address: 6-13-2 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Tuesday – Saturday)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Mondays and Holidays)

Phone: 03-3831-9007

Website: Niku no Oyama (Japanese)

 

top 10 ueno
Photo Credit: Norio NAKAYAMA@flickr

This is another well-received restaurant in the Ueno area that you will tend to enjoy. The cuisine is more local here and the specialty is soba or buckwheat noodles. It is one of the oldest eateries in the area with over 125 years of service. A meal can cost a maximum of 8,000 yen.

Ueno Yabu Soba

Address: 6-9-16 Ueno Ward, Taito, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
*Closed Wednesdays

Phone: 03-3831-4728

Website: Yabu Soba (Japanese)

 

Innshyotei
Photo Credit: innsyoutei.jp

Another cute little place with a more traditional touch, Innsyoutei. It lets you feel like you are in the middle of old Japan with iconic furniture and beautiful views of the green surroundings of the Ueno Park. It was opened in 1875 and takes pride in its long history. The price is affordable as well. You can access it via Ueno Station.

Innsyoutei

Address: 4-59 Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours:
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM / 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Monday – Saturday)
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM / 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Sunday)

Phone: 03-3821-8126

Website: Innsyoutei (Japanese)

 

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