March 14, 2018

Ueno: Pandas, Parks and More


Ueno is known for its expansive park, museums, and historical shrines and temples. In 2017, a panda was born in Ueno Zoo, which brought a rush of new visitors to the area. We visit Ueno in the midst of its current panda-monium.



Ueno Zoo A five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station, this is Japan's first and oldest zoo. Visits have increased since the June 2017 birth of panda cub Xiang Xiang.


Tokyo National Museum Situated in Ueno Park, this is Japan's first museum. Houses 117,000 pieces, 89 of which are designated National Treasures. Offers free English-language guide tours twice a month.


Ueno Toshogu Shrine A shrine dedicated to the progenitor of the Edo period, shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Its facade remains from the Edo period. Most of its buildings are designated Important Cultural Properties.


Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno A hotel two minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station. Currently offers several rooms adorned with panda-themed decorations.


Ueno Information Center An information center that opened in November 2017 to communicate the charms of Ueno. Offers tourism guide maps in nine languages. Also sells panda-related merchandise.


Ameyoko Shopping Street A shopping street that runs the track between Ueno and Okachimachi Stations, this popular street has over 500 shops, many of which offer panda-related merchandise.

Further Info

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Ueno Zoo
Address: 9-83 Uenokoen, Taito-ku
Tokyo National Museum
Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito-ku
Ueno Toshogu Shrine
Address: Uenokoen 9-88, Taito-ku
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
Address: 3-19-7 Higashiueno, Taito-ku
Ueno Information Center
Address: Matsuzakaya Ueno B1, 3-29-5 Ueno, Taito-ku
Ameyoko Shopping Street
Address: 6-10-7 Ueno, Taito-ku


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Winnie Hsu

When did you first come to Japan?:
October 2013
Reason for coming to Japan:
I have been interested in Japanese culture as well as the delicate and cute Japanese goods since I was a kid. Therefore, when I came across the opportunity to study in Japanese colleges, I did not have a slight hesitation! Arriving in Tokyo by myself at the age of 18, I embarked a great journey from then. My decision to come to Japan is probably my best decision so far! I am truly in love with the city, and embracing the everyday challenges and excitement. And I want to share with more people the wonderful things in Tokyo.
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