Ueno Park (, Ueno Kōen) 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.

During the Boshin Civil War, which followed the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Kaneiji suffered nearly complete destruction in a battle between the victorious forces of the new Meiji government and loyalists of the overthrown shogunate. After the battle, the temple grounds were converted into one of Japan's first Western-style parks and opened to the public in 1873. A statue of Saigo Takamori, one of the generals in the Battle of Ueno, stands near the park's southern entrance.

At the southwestern end of the park lies Shinobazu Pond, one of many reminders of Kaneiji Temple's former grandeur. The pond represents Lake Biwako (in a reference to Kaneiji's model, the Enryakuji Temple of Kyoto, which overlooks Lake Biwako). On an island in the middle of the pond stands Bentendo, a temple hall dedicated to the goddess of Benten.

Today 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.

Additionally, Ueno Park is one of Tokyo's most popular and lively cherry blossom spots with more than 1000 cherry trees lining its central pathway. The cherry blossoms are usually in bloom during late March and early April and attract large numbers of hanami parties.

Temples and shrines

  • Kaneiji Temple
    Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
    Closed: No closing days
    Admission: Free
  • Kiyomizu Kannon Temple
    Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
    Closed: No closing days
    Admission: Free
  • Toshogu Shrine
    Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (until 16:30 from October to February)
    Closed: No closing days
    Admission: Free (inner shrine area 500 yen)
  • Bentendo Hall
    Hours: 7:00 to 17:00
    Closed: No closing days
    Admission: Free

Museums and zoos

  • Tokyo National Museum
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 19:00 on Fri and Sat)
    Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
    Admission: 1000 yen
  • National Museum of Nature and Science
    Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
    Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 1
    Admission: 630 yen
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 20:00 on Fridays)
    Closed: 1st and 3rd Mon each month or next day if Mon is a holiday, New Year
    Admission: Varies by exhibition
  • National Museum of Western Art
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 20:00 on Fri and Sat)
    Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 1
    Admission: 500 yen
  • Shitamachi Museum
    Temporarily closed until March 2025 for renovations
  • Ueno Zoo
    Hour: 9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:00)
    Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 1
    Admission: 600 yen (free admission on March 20, May 4 and October 1)

Getting there and around

Ueno Park is next to JR Ueno Station. Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit".

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