Ueno is Tokyo’s cultural capital, it is home to the National Museum of Western Art, the National Science Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art and the Ueno Zoo.
Uneo is a great place to relax with a visit to the Zoo or Ueno Park, you can also do some great bargain shopping at the Ameyoko Market. The easiest way to get to Uneo is via the JR Yamanote Line or the Ginza Subway line that both stop at Ueno Station.
Ueno is most well known as the home of the Tokyo Zoo that is situated in the equally famous Ueno Park. Ueno has historically been regarded as a working class suburb; its low lying land or Shitamachi often saw lower land values than other parts of Tokyo.
Below is a Map of Ueno with the major attractions numbered. You will note that most of the areas attractions centres around Ueno Park also known as Ueno Koen with the large Ueno station to the east of the park. Ueno is also the terminating point of the Keisei Electric Railway’s Main Line to Narita, Their subway station is located at the bottom of the park (B) and only a short walk from JR Ueno station (A). Their Cityliner service to Narita is much cheaper than JR’s Narita Express.
Ameyoko Market is one of the best Asian Bazaars, here you will find a little bit of everything, and much of it at bargain basement prices. Once a black market, it has become one of Tokyo’s most vibrant places with a huge array of food, clothing, jewellery, toys and cosmetics. You can buy anything from the latest pair of jeans to seaweed or pickled octopus tentacles.
Tokyo – Ueno Zoo
The Tokyo Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan and dates back to 1882. Located in down-town Tokyo, the zoo is not only an entertainment attraction, but it also serves as a wildlife conservation and education facility breeding many endangered species.
Tokyo National Museum
The Tokyo National Museum is Japan’s premier collection of Japanese Artwork and treasures. There are two main exhibitions on display, one being the regular exhibition and the other a special exhibition where fixed theme exhibitions are held about five times a year.