Opened in 1873 at the top of Ueno Hill, Tokyo's first public park houses several world-class museums, a popular zoo, shrines,... More
Opened in 1873 at the top of Ueno Hill, Tokyo's first public park houses several world-class museums, a popular zoo, shrines, temples, a rental boat lake, historical monuments, hundreds of cherry blossom trees, and a lotus pond. Ueno Park, being Tokyo's largest, has so much to offer that a day would not be enough. Visit the park during every season to appreciate its full beauty.
Ueno (Onshi Koen) Park is a big public park just next to Ueno Station. It was opened to the public in 1873, and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions.
Come here to pay respects to the man who made Edo (present-day Tokyo) the seat of his government and thus elevated the small village to the most important city in the country.
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Ueno Park is not all that it's hyped up to be. Homeless people abound in and around this park and make for a very uncomfortable feeling for visitors. If your intent is to visit the museums, then go. If you are going to see the Japanese culture, then there are other places in Tokyo that are much more fulfilling. I wouldn't recommend going to this park if it was the last place in Tokyo to visit.
This is not a place you would plan to see since it's run down and populated by homeless people. But it's not dangerous and certainly if you are going to the zoo or museums, take a walk through. Cherry blossom time is especially a sight to see with the beautiful blossoms juxtaposed against the massive crowds. Also the south side where there is a large pond is filled with a large field of lotus plants is particularly photogenic.