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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 (cherry blossom viewing) 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 16:30 (until 17:30 from March to September)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free (inner shrine area 500 yen)

Bentendo

Hours: 7:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Museums and Zoos

Tokyo National Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (extended hours on some Fridays and weekends)
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 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
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 for renovations until April 8, 2022
Admission: 500 yen (free entry after 17:00 on Friday and Saturday, free on 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, and Nov 3)

Shitamachi Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
Admission: 300 yen

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

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Hotels around Tokyo

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    • MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO is situated in Tokyo, 400 metres from Hozenji Temple and 400 metres from Myojun-ji Temple. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 500 metres from Hoon-ji Temple, 600 metres from Rinko-ji Temple and 700 metres from Tokaku-ji Temple. The hotel has family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO rooms include bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Ryukoku-ji Temple, Seigyo-ji Temple and The Shitaya Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO.
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    • ICI HOTEL Ueno Shin Okachimachi
      Mid-range
      Ideally located in the Taito district of Tokyo, ICI HOTEL Ueno Shin Okachimachi is set 600 metres from Choen-ji Temple, 600 metres from The Shitaya Shrine and 700 metres from Hokusai Katsushika's Tomb. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is close to popular attractions like Choju-in Temple, Jinnai Shrine and ?Marishiten Tokudaiji? Temple. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The private bathroom is fitted with a bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. At ICI HOTEL Ueno Shin Okachimachi the rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. You can play billiards at ICI HOTEL Ueno Shin Okachimachi. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Tokaku-ji Temple, Ryukoku-ji Temple and Shishiki Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from ICI HOTEL Ueno Shin Okachimachi.
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    • NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO
      Luxury
      Situated in Tokyo, 500 metres from The Shitaya Shrine, NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO features accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Ameyoko Center Building, Saigo Takamori Statue and Atre Ueno Shopping Mall. The rooms have a kettle and a private bathroom with a bidet and slippers, while selected rooms also boast a kitchenette fitted with a microwave. All rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Ryukoku-ji Temple, Shitamachi Museum and ?Marishiten Tokudaiji? Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 29 km from NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO.
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    • MIMARU TOKYO UENO NORTH
      Luxury
      Situated 1.5 km from Sensoji Temple, MIMARU Tokyo Ueno North provides free WiFi in all areas. The accommodation features a hot tub. The units have a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge. There is a private bathroom with bath and free toiletries. A coin launderette is available on site. Edo Tokyo Museum is 2.6 km from the aparthotel, while Tokyo Skytree is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from MIMARU Tokyo Ueno North.
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    • LANDABOUT TOKYO
      Mid-range
      Boasting a restaurant, bar, shared lounge and free WiFi, LANDABOUT TOKYO is situated in Tokyo, 400 metres from Kemmyo-in Temple and 600 metres from Shunsho-in Temple. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at LANDABOUT TOKYO can enjoy a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Tozen-in Temple, Tokugawa Ietsuna's Mausoleum Gate Plaque and Chosho-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 31 km from LANDABOUT TOKYO.
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    • MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST is situated in Tokyo, 400 metres from Hozenji Temple and 500 metres from Myojun-ji Temple. Popular points of interest nearby include Gate of Former Residence of Koda Rohan, Front gate of Honobo In Kanei-ji Temple and Shunsho-in Temple. The property is 8 km from the city centre and 1.8 km from Tozen-in Temple. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST the rooms have bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Ryukoku-ji Temple, Genryu-in Temple and Ecute Ueno Shopping Mall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST.
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    • Minn Ueno
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in Tokyo, Minn Ueno provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. The property is around 400 metres from Matsuzakaya Ueno, 500 metres from Atre Ueno Shopping Mall and 500 metres from Shitamachi Museum. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, each room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Speaking English and Japanese, staff will be happy to provide guests with practical guidance on the area at the 24-hour front desk. Popular points of interest near Minn Ueno include ?Marishiten Tokudaiji? Temple, Ameyoko Center Building and The Shitaya Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • Asakusa Eight -Tokyo Condominium Hotel-
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Tokyo, near Hokusai Katsushika's Tomb, Choen-ji Temple and Tokaku-ji Temple, Asakusa Eight -Tokyo Condominium Hotel- features free WiFi. A flat-screen TV with DVD player, private bathroom with slippers, and a kitchen with microwave are available in certain units. Popular points of interest near the apartment include Rinko-ji Temple, The Shitaya Shrine and Eiken-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from Asakusa Eight -Tokyo Condominium H.
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    • Sakura Cross Hotel Ueno Okachimachi
      Mid-range
      Offering free WiFi, Sakura Cross Hotel Ueno Okachimachi is set in Tokyo, 400 metres from Choen-ji Temple and 600 metres from Hokusai Katsushika's Tomb. The property is around less than 1 km from Rinko-ji Temple, a 12-minute walk from Eiken-ji Temple and 1 km from Choju-in Temple. The hotel has family rooms. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and slippers, all guest rooms at Sakura Cross Hotel Ueno Okachimachi have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms also offer a balcony. At the accommodation the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near Sakura Cross Hotel Ueno Okachimachi include Tokaku-ji Temple, The Shitaya Shrine and Shishiki Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Resol Ueno
      Mid-range
      Ideally located in the Taito district of Tokyo, Hotel Resol Ueno is set less than 1 km from Myojun-ji Temple, an 11-minute walk from Ryukoku-ji Temple and less than 1 km from The Shitaya Shrine. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Gate of Former Residence of Koda Rohan, Front gate of Honobo In Kanei-ji Temple and Ecute Ueno Shopping Mall. A ? la carte breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. Popular points of interest near Hotel Resol Ueno include Saigo Takamori Statue, Atre Ueno Shopping Mall and Ueno Royal Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from the accommodation.
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