*First broadcast on June 8, 2023. Ueno, in Tokyo, is visited by 25 million tourists each year. It is home to world-class museums and educational facilities, bustling street markets, important shrines and temples, a zoo, and much more. There are surely few places in the world where so many different cultural elements are woven into the same urban district. An expert introduces Peter Barakan to some of the many faces of Ueno, and helps to explain its enduring popularity with visitors and local residents alike.
Ueno Park was actually a "theme park" whose attractions included the recreation of a celebrated view in Kyoto!
Peter Barakan tries an insect skewer in Ameyoko, a shopping district that is quick to adopt the latest trends.
Artwork is being displayed in shops and restaurants as part of an effort to encourage visitors to see more of Ueno.