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PARK WENO – PEARL TOKYO

Ueno Park is a large public park near Ueno Station in downtown Tokyo. The land on which the park was spread was originally part of the Kanyi-ji Temple, which used to be one of the largest and richest temples in the city and in the Edo era was the family temple of the ruling clan Tokugawa. Kanai-ji was located northeast of the capital, and was built to protect the city from evil, like Enryaku-ji Temple in Kyoto.

During the civil war of Boshin, which followed the restoration of Meiji in 1868, Kanei-ji was almost completely destroyed in the battle between the victorious forces of the new Meiji government and supporters of the ousted shogunate. After the battle, the temple lands were turned into one of the first Western-style parks in Japan, which was opened to the general public in 1873. At the southern entrance to the park you can see the statue of Saigo Takamori, one of the generals at the Battle of Ueno.

In the southwestern part of the park is the pond Sinobazu, which can be called one of many reminders of the former greatness of the Kan-ji temple. On an island in the middle of a pond, Bentendo towers – a temple hall dedicated to the goddess Benten.

Today, Ueno Park is famous for its many museums located on its territory, the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Arts, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the National Science Museum are considered to be the most famous and visited. In addition, there is also the Ueno Zoo, the first zoological garden in Japan.

The park is nice to walk at any time of the year. In spring, it is considered one of the most attractive places for hanas, and all thanks to more than a thousand sakura trees that bloom on its territory. Usually, flowering lasts only a couple of weeks, from the end of March to the beginning of April, and at this time the park is full of visitors who admire the beautiful flowers, walking along the alleys or arranging hanas parties under the canopy of flowering trees. In the autumn you can admire the multicolor of golden leaves, and in the summer you can enjoy your time walking along the shady avenues that save you from the sultry Tokyo heat.

If you purchased a tour to Japan for the whole family and stayed in Tokyo, we recommend that you also visit the park with the children. Surely they will be interested in the Ueno Zoo – one of the most famous in Japan, which was opened in 1882. Its most popular inhabitants are giant pandas, which were brought to Japan from China in 1972. In 2011, two new pandas moved to the zoo, and in 2017 the couple had a baby.

In this article we will tell you about the most famous sights of Ueno Park, which you should pay special attention to when visiting the park.

BUDDHISTIC TEMPLES AND SYNTOISTIC SACRIES
Canai-ji Temple

Working hours: 09.00 – 17.00.

The entrance is free.

In the Edo era, Kanei-ji Temple was one of the largest and richest temples in the city. It was destroyed during the Boshin war, but today the remains of the original temple complex, such as the five-tiered pagoda and the Tosego temple, are scattered throughout the park. The current Kanai-ji is a relatively inconspicuous small temple located in a quiet place, not far from the northwestern part of Ueno Park.

Kiyomizu Kannon Temple

Working hours: 09.00 – 17.00.

The entrance is free.

Kiyomizu Kannon was originally built in 1631 as part of the Kanei-ji Temple. Its design, including a wooden terrace extending from the slope, took inspiration from the architecture of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, located in Kyoto. In the temple, you can see the images of Kosodate Kannon, the goddess of fertility and the patroness of pregnant women, so the temple is especially popular among women hoping to have children.

Temple Ueno Tosego

Working hours: 09.00 – 16.30 (from March to September – until 17.30).

Admission is free (visit to the inner territory of the temple – 500 yen).

The Ueno Tosogu temple, located on the territory of Ueno Park, was built in 1616 and is one of the country’s numerous temples dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo shogunate. Until 1868, the sanctuary of Ueno Toshogu was considered part of the Kanei-ji Temple. The botanical garden of the temple is open from January to mid-February and from mid-April to early May; the entrance to the botanical garden is 700 yen.

Bantendo

Working hours: 09.00 – 17.00.

The entrance is free.

Bentendo is an octagonal temple hall, built on an island in the middle of the pond Sinobadzu in the southern part of the park. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of fortune, wealth, music and knowledge Benten. It is especially crowded at the Bentendo temple during the flowering season of sakura, when festive tents with souvenirs and various snacks are set on its territory.

MUSEUMS
Tokyo National Museum

Opening hours: 09.30 – 17.00.

Closed on Mondays and New Year holidays.

Input – 620 yen.

It is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. Tokyo National Museum consists of several buildings, each of which is a separate museum. They house the largest collection of national treasures and important cultural values ​​of the country.

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