Traditional landmarks with popular activities
Known for historic temples and shrines, the National Museum, and the popular Ueno Park and Zoo.
Ueno, Tokyo is a popular area for entertainment, dining, shopping and museums. Best known for its large park area and Ueno Zoo – one of Japan’s largest and oldest zoos. You’ll also find one of the most popular outdoor shopping streets and food streets in Tokyo.
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Top Attractions in Ueno
Ameyoko is an open-air market located along the tracks of the Yamanote line between Ueno and Okachimachi stations.
Shopping Street Food
Ueno Park is a large park where you’ll find street performers, art galleries and museums, and the Shinobazu Pond.
Parks & Nature
The Ueno Zoo has some pandas they received from China, and they’re the talk of the town. If you need to find gifts, you’ll find plenty of panda-themed goodies here. The zoo itself is quite large, so plan accordingly.
In Ueno Park, you’ll find the Shinobazu Lake, famous for its beautiful lotus flowers. Nearby is the Shinobazu Bentendo Temple. You can rent boats here.
picturesque shrines & temples
Sitting in Ueno Park is the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest national museum in Japan. Inside, you’ll find thousands of precious artifacts.
museums culture & history
Niki no Kashi is a massive store full of snacks from all over Japan. Their three locations in Ueno sit within walking distance from each other.
Where is Ueno?
Ueno is located in northeastern Tokyo, a couple of stops away from Nippori Station, where a lot of people transfer from trains to and from Narita Airport. The Skyliner from the Narita Airport also terminates at Ueno Station.
Ueno is one of the larger stations in Tokyo. From here, you can get on the popular JR Yamanote Line or even some Shinkansen bullet trains to Tohoku and Kyoto, for example. You can also go to the nearby Asakusa Station from here by hopping on the Ginza line.
Ginza Line to Asakusa
Shinkansen to Kyoto
Skyliner to Narita Airport
What is Ueno known for?
Pandas. The Ueno Zoo has some pandas they received from China, and they’re the talk of the town. If you need to find gifts for friends or family, you’ll find plenty of panda-themed goodies here.
Ueno is also famous for its massive Ueno Park, which includes the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest national museum in Japan. Aside from that, you’ll find street performers, art galleries, and the Shinobazu Lake, famous for its beautiful lotus flowers. There’s also the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and the National Museum of Nature and Science – plenty of indoor attractions for a rainy day.
Ameyoko is an open-air market located along the tracks of the Yamanote line between Ueno and Okachimachi stations. The name is short for Ameya Yokocho (candy store alley) as candies used to be sold there. Nowadays, it’s a bustling shopping area with a vast range of products like fresh foods, dried food, medicine, fashion goods, cosmetics, and snacks. A great place to go for all your souvenir needs. For expats, it’s also a great place to purchase foreign ingredients that are difficult to find in typical Japanese supermarkets. You can still find popular candy shops such as Niki No Kashi which specializes in cool local snacks from different prefectures of Japan.
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What to Eat in Ueno
There’s a good range of foods to try in Ueno, starting with the street food in Ameyoko. If you hit up L’UENO (run by Lotte – “Lotte Ueno”), you’ll find cute panda-themed foods inside a food court.
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