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March 14, 2018

Ueno: Pandas, Parks and More

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

Reporter

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Winnie Hsu

Nationality:
Taiwanese
Occupation:
Student
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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