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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 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 (entry until 16:30)
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: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 1
Admission: 500 yen

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 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 OKACHIMACHI
      Luxury
      Situated in Tokyo, within 300 metres of Ryuseido Shinjo-in Temple and 500 metres of Shitamachi Museum, MIMARU TOKYO UENO OKACHIMACHI features accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. This property is set a short distance from attractions such as Saigo Takamori Statue, ?Marishiten Tokudaiji? Temple, and Shinobazunoike Bentendo Temple. The property is 5 km from the city centre and 300 metres from Kamezumiinari Shrine. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At MIMARU TOKYO UENO OKACHIMACHI rooms include bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden, Matsuzakaya Ueno and Akihabara Neribei Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from MIMARU TOKYO UENO OKACHIMACHI.
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    • MONday Apart Premium UENO OKACHIMACHI
      Luxury
      Located within 100 metres of Kamezumiinari Shrine and 400 metres of Akihabara Neribei Park in the centre of Tokyo, MONday Apart Premium UENO OKACHIMACHI provides accommodation with seating area. Complimentary WiFi is provided throughout the property and private parking is available on site. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Convention Room AP Akihabara, Fujisoft Akiba Plaza and Akihabara Convention Hall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from MONday Apart Premium UENO OKACHIMACHI.
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    • MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST is situated in Tokyo, 500 metres from Hoon-ji Temple and 500 metres from Seigyo-ji Temple. The property is close to Kissho-in Temple, Gate of Former Residence of Koda Rohan and Ecute Ueno Shopping Mall. The property is 6.1 km from the city centre and 400 metres from Ryukoku-ji Temple. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, 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 The Shitaya Shrine, Front gate of Honobo In Kanei-ji Temple and Atre Ueno Shopping Mall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST.
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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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    • NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO
      Luxury
      Situated in Tokyo, 400 metres from The Shitaya Shrine, NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO features accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is 600 metres from Choen-ji Temple, and within 5.7 km of the city centre. Selected rooms also boast a kitchenette with a fridge, a microwave and a toaster. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. Popular points of interest near NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO include Ryukoku-ji Temple, Shitamachi Museum and Saigo Takamori Statue. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from the accommodation.
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    • hotel aima
      Mid-range
      Situated conveniently in the centre of Tokyo, hotel aima provides 3-star accommodation close to Matsuzakaya Ueno and The Shitaya Shrine. The property is set 400 metres from Atre Ueno Shopping Mall, 500 metres from Ueno Royal Museum and 700 metres from Ryukoku-ji Temple. The hotel offers city views, a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. At hotel aima all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Shitamachi Museum, Saigo Takamori Statue and ?Marishiten Tokudaiji? Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from hotel aima.
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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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    • MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO
      Luxury
      Attractively situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO is situated 400 metres from The Shitaya Shrine, 200 metres from Hoon-ji Temple and 400 metres from Seigyo-ji Temple. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 600 metres from Sogenji Temple, 800 metres from Ecute Ueno Shopping Mall and less than 1 km from Ueno Station. The property is 6.1 km from the city centre and 80 metres from Ryukoku-ji Temple. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at the hotel also boast free WiFi. At MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO rooms include bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Tokaku-ji Temple, Rinko-ji Temple and Choen-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO.
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    • MONday Apart Ueno Shinokachimachi
      Luxury
      MONday Apart Ueno Shinokachimachi is situated in the centre of Tokyo, close to The Shitaya Shrine, Choen-ji Temple and Tokaku-ji Temple. Complimentary WiFi is available and private parking is available on site. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Ryukoku-ji Temple, Hoon-ji Temple and Rinko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from MONday Apart Ueno Shinokachimachi.
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    • Minn Ueno
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, Minn Ueno is located in Tokyo, 600 metres from The Shitaya Shrine and 700 metres from Choen-ji Temple. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk. The property is 500 metres from Matsuzakaya Ueno, and within 5.5 km of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Minn Ueno each room comes with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Shitamachi Museum, Saigo Takamori Statue and Kamezumiinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from Minn Ueno.
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