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  1. Ueno Park
    Photo: Kisa Toyoshima Ueno Park
  2. Ueno Park
    Photo: Kisa Toyoshima
  3. Ueno Park Fountain Square
    Ueno Park Fountain Square

Time Out says

It's a mystery why so many guidebooks implore tourists to visit Ueno Park during their stay in Tokyo. The sprawling site enjoys historical significance – it was one of the capital's first official parks, established way back in 1873 – but you'll find more attractive spots of urban greenery elsewhere. That said, it is worth visiting for the museums that are housed within the park (including the National Museum of Nature and Science, and Tokyo National Museum) and for Ueno Zoo, Japan's oldest.


Ueno Koen, Taito-ku
Ueno Station (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Joban, Takasaki, Utsunomiya, Ginza, Hibiya lines)

What’s on

Samurai Fes

Get up close and personal with Japan’s ancient military force: this large-scale festival in Ueno revolves around all things samurai. The four-day festival will have a host of performances including sword fights and showdowns between ‘warlords’, as well as plenty of dancing and singing. Steak donburi rice bowls, light snacks and beer will be available, in addition to samurai-themed goods at various stalls. You’ll also have an opportunity to try on samurai gear for ¥2,000, and see if the traditional armour stirs the warrior within you.

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