上野恩賜公園 Ueno Park
- Squares / Parks
- Travelko Rating
- ClosedDecember 29-January 3
Maps are rarely carried out with accessing from mainland China.
- 3 Ikenohata， Ueno Park， Taito-ku， Tokyo 110-0007， Japan
- Squares / Parks
- Opening Hours
- December 29-January 3
200 cherry trees to welcome you
As you might know, the cherry blossom season starts in the south and works its way north, and the best season for "hanami" (cherry blossom viewing) in Tokyo is from around the end of March, although it differs depending on the year. The season tends to last for a few weeks.
Ueno park is one of the best places for hanami in Tokyo, with its size and many other nearby attractions. Surprisingly, cherry blossom viewing here has been popular since the late Edo period (about 400 years ago), when shoguns (generals) and samurais must’ve enjoyed hanami here!
This park has about 50 species of cherry blossom trees with about 1200 trees in total, and many people from all Japan and overseas come to Ueno park to view those adorable flowers, take photos and have parties. You might end up walking under the trees instead of sitting under them, as finding space for hanami in advance is quite difficult. However it's worth visiting to celebrate the cherry blossoms and feel the atmosphere.
Here are some tips for visiting Ueno park during the season. The temperature at the beginning of April is usually a bit chilly, so prepare warm clothes. Also, there are so many people and sometimes you can hardly move forward, and some people are drinking and eating while walking, so try not to ruin your clothes by bumping into someone, and vice versa. There are several cafes and museums where you can take a coffee break or lunch in the area, but especially cafes in the park including Starbucks always have long queues. If you don’t want to waste your time sipping familiar Starbucks coffee or waiting for a long time in low temperatures, you might as well bring your own drink. At night, cherry trees are illuminated with as many as 1,000 lanterns, which give you a different impression so it’s also recommended.
You can spend all day here!
The huge area was originally the ground of the nearby temple called “Kan-eiji temple”, later dedicated to the metropolitan Tokyo in the mid-19th century. When it became a property of Tokyo, the park was quite simple, but later museums, a zoo and art museums were built one after another, and completed as they are now.
Whenever you visit, there are many things to do. Museums are enjoyable regardless of the weather, and there are always permanent and temporary installments in the museums, so you can visit some of them according to your interests. The zoo which is the oldest one in Japan should be nice to visit in all seasons. The best feature here since is the giant pandas.
Especially in the spring, when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, many visitors come to see them and have parties underneath the trees. There are as many as 1,200 cherry trees, which color the park beautifully.
In the park, there are several statues which are related to the park or important figures from the era. It would be interesting to find out who they are and what they did.
The park provides several restaurants and cafes, so literally you can spend one day here!
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