Standing on top of Ueno Hills since 1873, the Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Imperial Gift Park) in Taito district is the oldest and largest Western style park in Tokyo. It was established through an imperial land grant by Emperor Taisho in 1924.
Tosho-gu Shrine. It was built in 1651 in honor of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. The shrine is the most sacred structure inside the park and is actually the counterpart of the Tosho-gu in Nikko.
Ueno Daibutsu. Made of bronze and dating to 1660, it was heavily damaged by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and only the relief-curved face remained.
Shinobazu-no-ike Pond. Reminds one of the former grandeur of Kaneiji Temple, which used to be one of the city’s largest and wealthiest temples during the Edo period.
Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple. One of the most patronized temples in Ueno Park
Saigo Takamori Statue. Dubbed as the “Last True Samurai”, Saigo Takamori was one of the most influential samurai generals in Japanese history. He played a big role in the Battle of Ueno.
Ueno Zoo. Home to more than 300 kinds of animals. Open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Tue-Sun; 600 yen admission fee)
Ueno Park is also famous for the many museums than can be found on its ground like the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
How to Get There:
2-minute walk from Ueno (JR, Ginza & Hibiya Lines); 1 minute walk from Keisei Ueno (Keisei Line).
(Photos by Din Eugenio)
(Photos published in the April 2009 issue of Philippine Digest, Japan)