Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Downtown3  Strolling Ueno Park full of sightseeing spots.

Ueno Station, Panda Bridge exit → 
Ueno Station, Shinobazu exit

The course starts from JR Ueno Station, Panda Bridge Exit, tour Ueno Park and reach the goal, Ueno Station, Shibobazu Exit. Spacious Ueno Park is the home of Tokyo’s best-known zoo, museums and art galleries. There are also beautiful and historic temples and countless statues throughout the park. Not only the popular cherry blossoms in spring, but you’ll enjoy the seasonal changes of rich nature all through the year.

Start 

Ueno Station, Panda Bridge Exit
(JR Yamanote Line・Keihintohoku Line・Tohoku Line・Utsunomiya Line・Takasaki Line・Joban Line・Ueno-Tokyo Line)

Goal 

Ueno Station, Shinobazu Exit
(JR Yamanote Line・Keihintohoku Line・Tohoku Line・Utsunomiya Line・Takasaki Line・Joban Line・Ueno-Tokyo Line)

Distance 

about 3.6

Hours 

about 60minuts

Standard time for stopover places 

 2.5 hour
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Standard Time of this route 

about 4.5 hours

The illustrated map of this course

Route Description

8mins 600m

17mins 1.2km   Whale Statue, Small path for art

6mins 300m     Panda Post

6mins 400m   

11mins 700m   Dobutsuen-dorii Ave→Shinobazu-dori Ave

6mins 400m  The Shitamachi Museum, Fountain of Frog

4mins 200m  UENO3153

Route Guide

we will start from theJR Ueno Station, Panda Bridge Exit LinkIcon . Crossing the wide pavement Panda Bridge, the entrance to the Ueno Onshi Park is right in front of you. Passing Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, we will proceed into Uenao Park LinkIcon
Viewing the National Museum of Western Art designated as the World Cultural Heritage on your right then turn right at the first corner. Beyond the National Museum of Nature & Science, is Whale Statue. We will go out to the street and walk to the left the imposing building of Tokyo National Museum designated as the Important Cultural Property appears. Let’s pass the entrance of the museum and go on for a while. You will see the front gate of Kyu Inshu Ikeda Yashiki on your right. This front gate is called “Kuromon” which is the prestigious architecture of the end of Edo period also designated as the Important Cultural Property. Enter the park from the entrance before the intersection. In front, beautiful building of Kyu-Tokyo Ongaku Gakkou Sougakudo(the former Tokyo Music School Concert Hall ) stands in the grove of trees. This place is called the “promenade of art” where the works of the students at Tokyo Art University are displayed. The public toilet named “Ueno Toilet Museum” is also created by the students of the Art University. Ahead, there stands the statue of Dr. Baudwin, a Dutch doctor who was invited by the Edo Shogunate to spread the Dutch medical science in Japan. Dr. Baudwin suggested strongly to create a park on the hill to preserve the nature of Ueno area. With his recommendation, Ueno Park was created. Beyond the Central Fountain Square, the stately architecture of Tokyo National Museum is viewed.
After having lunch at PARK SIDE CAFÉ LinkIcon in the park, we will stroll the cherry blossom street crowded with the viewers in the spring. Visiting Ueno Daibutsu LinkIcon which is popular for the god for passing the entrance exam. Then worship at Ueno Toshogu Shrine LinkIcon which has been beautifully renovated and sparkled in gold. From the approach from Toshogu Shrine, going down the stairs we will get to Shinobazu Pond LinkIcon famous for lotus. Enjoy the view of the lotus pond from the Hasumi Deck at the south end of the lakeside pathway. Go back and walk the path beside the Shitamachi Museum for a while, we will reach the frog fountain just before the police box. Go up the stairs and there stand the statue of Saigo Takamori LinkIcon  , a great noble of late Edo and early Meiji period who had led the Meiji restoration. We will take the elevator at the commercial complex, UENO3153, located beside the statue to the first floor. Go out the building, you will find the entrance to Ameyoko shopping street on the right. The goal, JR Ueno Station , Shinobazu Exit LinkIcon is right in front of you. 
 
 

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Ueno Station. Panda Bridge Exit

From Panda Bridge Exit of Ueno Station for JR Yamanote Line,Keihintohoku Line、Tohoku Line, Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Joban Line and Ueno-Tokyo Line

Panda Bridge Exit is on the third floor where Iriya Ticket gate is located. The huge panda statue at the right side of the ticket gate was created around 1980 and was placed inside the building at that time. Panda Bridge is the nickname for “the overpass connecting east and west sides of Ueno Station”. It connects Central Exit on the east side and Park Exit on the west side straddling many railroad tracks. It was built in 2000 for the purpose of evacuation from east side of the bridge to the Ueno Park at the time of disaster. 

Spacious space in front of the station. Number of passengers using the ticket gate is fairly small. Good for meeting people.

The huge panda statue at the right side of the ticket gate.

Panda Bridge over many railway tracks leads to Ueno Park.

Entrance to the park is on your right at the end of the bridge. White and black stone monument at the foot of the bridge is called “Panda Stone”.

LinkIcon Ueno Park

The first public metropolitan park full of the history, culture and nature.

Ueno Park was originally a part of Kaneiji Temple in Edo Period. In 1873, it was opened as the first public park in Japan together with Shiba Park and Asukayama Park in Tokyo. It holds the spacious ground of approx. 54 square meters (133 acres). Initially, Ueno was home for Kaneiji Shrine, Toshogu Shrine and cherry blossoms. However, it has become one of the leading cultural cities in Japan retaining many representative cultural facilities such as museums, zoo and art galleries. Many tall gingko trees, camphor trees and zelkova trees grow in the park and especially 1200 cherry trees lining the central pathway is magnificent. It is one of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossoms viewing spots.

There is 30 meters long blue whale statue beside National Museum of Nature and Science.

The main gate of Kyu-Inshu-ikeda-yashiki is opened 10:00~16:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Kyu Tokyo Ongaku-gakko Sogakudo (Former Tokyo Music School Sogakudo Concert Hall) is open to the public 9:30~16:00 on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission ¥300

Walk the “art promenade” enjoying the art works of the students of Tokyo University of Arts.

Enjoy walking under the grove of tall trees appreciating the changes of the seasons.

Unique entrance of the toilet. Digestive organs of various animals are painted.

Toilet is an artwork created by the art students from different fields such as craft, painting and design. It’s a can’t miss spot though you don’t need to use it.

Many tiles with an animal poop motif.

Dr. Baudwin was a Dutch military doctor who had contributed greatly to the opening of Ueno Park.

The large fountain performance pattern changes every 30 minutes and is lighted up at night.

Statue of Noguchi Hideyo with test tube in his hand stands in the grove near the large fountain.

If you drop a letter into the Panda Post (mail box) near the main gate of the zoo, panda or Saigo-san’s postmark will be imprinted.

Ueno Park

Address

2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku

Tel

03-3828-5644(8:30~17:15)

Closed

No holiday

Hours

5:00~23:00

Access

1min walk from Park Exit of JR Ueno Station

Website

https://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/jimusho/toubuk/ueno/en_index.html

LinkIcon PARK SIDE CAFE

Nice and relaxing break at the terrace Café by the fountain pond.

In front of a grove of trees by the fountain pond, there is a café with broad terrace seats. There are wide variety of menu items including pasta, Hamburg steak, steak, curry and pho. Monthly one-plate meal is also interesting. Every dish is prepared with seasonal ingredients and is a feast for the eyes, too. Fancy desserts and beverages good for skin and health are also served. Strong fragrant fresh herb tea from the soil culture farm is recommendable.

The café is designed to match the surrounding nature.

Nice to sit at the terrace seats on a fine day.

You can have the park view through the window from every seat in the café.

Mori-no-Garden Plate with 6 kinds of delis. \1590 (tax not included)
Herb tea ordered with the meal. \390 (tax not included)

PARK SIDE CAFE

Address

8-4 Uenokoen Taito-ku

Tel

03-5815-8251

Closed

No holiday

Hours

10:00(9:00 on Sat.and Sun.) -20:00

Access

3 min walk from Park Exit of JR Ueno Sta.

Website

https://www.facebook.com/psc.ueno/

LinkIcon Ueno Daibutsu

“No more falling off” Buddha statue with only face

There once was a 6 meter-high Great Seated Buddha in Ueno Park built in 1631. However, its head fell off three times from the earthquake and once by the fire. While waiting for the restoration of the statue, there was an outbreak of the World War II and the compulsory delivery of metals to the government was ordered. So the bronze statue of the Buddha was dedicated to the government leaving only the face part. Today, only the face of the Great Buddha with a strange and tragic destiny is enshrined. It is called “Gokaku Daibutsu (passing the entrance examinations) for “it will never fall again”. Many students preparing for examinations visit to pray for their success. In the precinct, there are pagodas where Yakushi-ruriko-nyorai, Gekko Bosatsu and Nikko Bosatsu are enshrined.

Ueno Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is enshrined on the top of small hill called Daibutsuyama.

Daibutsu’s face has gentle expression. The plan to restore the face of Daibutsu before the 1940 Tokyo Olympics failed because the war raged and the Olympics ended in a phantom.

Yakushi-sanzonzo(a set of three Buddhist deties)were enshrined in the Yakushido in the precinct of Toshogu until the end of Edo period. Due to Shinbutsu-bunri edict, they were moved to Kaneiji.

Daibutsu-ema for passing exam. Sakura-ema is for giving thanks to the shrine for the favors of god. ¥700 each

Quardrangular pyramid shaped fortune goods. Tombo-dama (glass bead) or small bell is in it.
¥200

Gokaku-mamori (pass exam charm) made of boxwood. Strongly grip the charm to improve your concentration.¥1000

Ueno Daibutsu

Address

4-8 Uenokoen Taito-ku

Tel

03-3821-4749

Closed

No holiday

Hours

10:00~15:00
*shortening the worship time for prevention of coronavirus infection

Access

7min. walk from Park Exit of JR Ueno Sta.

Website

http://www2.tba.t-com.ne.jp/sakuramomo/index2.html

LinkIcon Ueno Toshogu

Miracle Shrine structure with gorgeous and aureate decorations  from Edo Period remains

In 1627, it was built and dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. In 1651, it was rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa Shogun, at the 36th anniversary of Ieyasu’s death. It is said that the shrine building was designed to look like Toshogu in Nikko for the people not being able to visit the faraway Nikko in Edo period. Gongen-zukuri (an architecture style representing Edo period) main shrine, Karamon (Chinese style gate) with beautiful dragon carvings and Sukibei Wall surrounding the shrine survived from the war and earthquakes. It is famous for vocational success, victory and longevity. This place is also known for the beautiful flower garden. Especially the Peony Garden which opens during winter and spring is amazing.

Near the main gate of the zoo, approach starts beside the statue of Komatsunomiya.

“Obake-doro(Ghost Lantern)” at the side of Ooishi-torii gate. It was dedicated in 1631 by Sakuma Katsuyuki who served Ieyasu. Huge stone lantern is 6.8 meters tall.

There are about 200 stone lanterns and most of them were dedicated by Daimyos (feudal lords) in the year of construction of shrines and temples.

At the front is the Karamon and beyond it you can see the main shrine building. No admission fee up to this point.

Six bronze lanterns on both sides of Karamon were dedicated by Tokugawa-gosanke (three major families of Tokugawa), Owari, Kii and Mito. Imaginary animal, Shin (clam monster) and heavenly maiden decorations are beautiful.

Giant camphor tree stands in the visitor’s area. Over 600-year old and the size of the trunk is the biggest in the park.

Sukibei Wall surrounding the main shrine building. There are beautiful carvings of animals and plants from the fields and mountains on the upper part and the creatures of the sea and river on the lower part of the wall.

Recently renovated aureate bright main shrine building. It is also called “Konjikiden” (Golden Shrine)

Looking Karamon from the inside. You can see the exquisite openwork carving of rising dragon and descending dragon.

Rising dragon charm is offered only on the death day of Ieyasu , the 17th, every month.
At present, to avoid the crowd, they offer the charm three days before and after the death day.

Ueno Toshogu

Address

9-88 Uenokoen Taito-ku

Tel

03-3822-3455

Closed

No holiday

Hours

Outside the wall Oct.~Feb. 9:00~16:30, Mar.~Sep. 9:00~17:30
Inside the wall Oct.~Feb. 9:30~16:00, Mar.~Sep. 9:30~17:00
*the time may change for prevention of coronavirus infection

Admission

Outside the wall:Free  Inside the wall:¥500

Access

7min. walk from Park Exit of JR Ueno Sta.

Website

https://www.uenotoshogu.com/en/

LinkIcon Shinobazu Pond, Hasumi Deck

Take relaxation time at the pond side viewing the pond covered with lotus

It is natural pond with the circumference about 2km situated in the south of Ueno Park. It is divided into three parts, Lotus Pond (Hasu –ike), Boat Pond where you can enjoy boat riding and Cormorant Pond (Uno-Pond located in the ground of Ueno Zoo) where cormorants inhabit. Attractions are found all year round: cherry blossoms, lotus flowers, bird- watching . etc. Hasumi Deck at the south end of the pond is a promenade where you can enjoy the lotus and it makes you feel like you are walking in the pond.

By the pond is the relaxation area where many people stroll around.

Hasu-ike covered with lotus leaves. From mid-July to mid-August is the best time for lotus flower viewing.

Benten-do on Bentenjima, the island in the center of the pond, enshrines Benzaiten (Goddess of Fortune).

There are many interesting stone monuments around the pond and on Bentenjima.

Shinobazu Pond, Hasumi Deck

Access

6min. walk from Shinobazu Exit of JR Ueno Sta.

LinkIcon Statue of Takamori Saigo

Symbol of Ueno Park, a massive statue of “Saigo-san”

Statue of Saigo Talkamori, the symbol of Ueno Park, was built for his achievement of the bloodless surrender of Edo Castle of the Tokugawa family and was unveiled in 1898. The statue of Saigo in hunting rabbits attire with his dog Tsun is 3.7 meters tall made by Takamura Koun and the dog statue by Goto Sadayuki. It has been popular for many years as the “Saigo-san of Ueno”

Go up the stairs behind the frog fountain, you will find the statue of Saigo Takamori.

Amongst many Saigo Takamori statues throughout Japan, this one is the oldest.

Statue of Takamori Saigo

Address

1 Uenokoen Taito-ku

Access

3min. walk from Shinobazu Exit of JR Ueno Sta.

LinkIcon Ueno Station, Shinobazu Exit

Use Shinobazu Exit of Ueno Sta. for JR Yamanote Line,Keihintohoku Line,Tohoku Line, Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Joban Line and Ueno-Tokyo Line

Shinobazu Exit is located at the south end of JR Ueno Station and toward the next Okachimachi Station a busy Ameyoko Shopping Street continues along the railroad.

The building 3153 was named after Saigo-san. Go through the building for Ueno Station.

We are at the goal for today, south end of JR Ueno Station, Shinobazu Exit.