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Ueno Park, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights

Ueno Park, Japan

Large park with a zoo, a lake & museums

Ueno Park is a Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attraction & Top Sights

Ueno Park is a spacious public park in the Ueno district of Taito, Tokyo, Japan. The park was established in 1873 on land belonging to Kanei-Ji Temple. Among the country's first public parks, it was established following Western examples as part of the borrowing and assimilation of international practices that characterized the early Meiji period. Home to several major museums, Ueno Park is celebrated for its cherry blossoms and hanami in the spring. In recent times the park and its attractions have attracted more than ten million visitors a year, making it Japan's most popular city park.

Ueno Park occupies land once belonging to Kan'ei-ji, which was established in 1625 at the "Den Gate", the fateful northeast side of Edo Castle. Most of the temple's buildings were destroyed at the Battle of Ueno during the Boshin War in 1868, when the forces of the Tokugawa Shogunate were defeated in their bid to restore imperial rule. In December of that year, Ueno Hill became the property of the City of Tokyo, along with the 1639 Five-Storied Pagoda, the 1631 Kiyomizu Kannondo (or Shimizudo), and the nearly cooperative Main Gate (all designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan).

Ueno Park, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights

Natural Features of Ueno Park

The park has about 8,800 trees, including Ginkgo biloba, Cinnamomum camphora, Zelkova serrata, Formosan cherry, Somei-Yoshino cherry and Japanese cherry. There is another 24,800 m2 of bush. Shinobazu Pond is a small lake with an area of 16 hectares, extensive lotus beds and wetlands. It provides an important wintering ground for birds. Commonly found species include mallard duck, Eurasian wigeon, northern pintail, common pochard, little grebe, great egret and great cormorant. Bear's pochard, ring-necked duck and American weasel have also been recorded.


Cultural facilities of Ueno Park

There are several museums in Ueno Park. The Japanese terms for museum and art were coined in the Meiji period (from 1868) to capture Western ideas after the Iwakura Mission and other early visits to North America and Europe. The Tokyo National Museum was established in 1872 after the first exhibition by the Museum Department of the new Ministry of Education. The same year saw the opening of the Ministry of Education Museum, now the National Nature and Science Museum.

Location: Taitō, Tokyo, Japan


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Ueno Park, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Ueno Park, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Ueno Park, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Ueno Park, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Ueno Park, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights

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