The Top 10 Places To Visit In Ueno

The Top 10 Places To Visit In Ueno

Tokyo 2015.09.30

Ueno has so many sight-seeing spots that it can be hard to pick which to visit. MATCHA introduces 10 of our favorite spots to visit in this history rich yet modern town.

Translated by MATCHA

Written by Yuki ISHIBASHI

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Ueno is a spot popular for travelers coming from both near and far. It is highly accessible and has several great spots including a zoo that is fun for the whole family, as well as shrines and museums that give you a taste of Japanese culture.

There is so much that, once you've decided to go, it becomes difficult to decide on specific places to see. This time at MATCHA, we are introducing our top ten Ueno tourist attractions.

1) Ueno Zoo


Ueno Zoo is home to many species unique to Japan, such as the yezo deer and the Japanese squirrel. If you get the chance, you should head down for the cute and rare animals.

We recommend seeing Riri and Shinshin, the pandas. They turned 10 this year. Their relaxed expressions and movements will soothe you.

Related Article: Ueno Zoo: Animals from All Over the World Can be Seen Here!

Ueno Zoo
Address: 9-83 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:30–17:00
Closed: Mondays (When Monday is a national holiday, Tuesday; the park is closed on days following all national holidays)
Year End (December 29 thru January 1)
*Some Mondays the park will be open
Multi-lingual Maps: English, Chinese, and Korean
Phone Number: +81(0)3-3828-5171
Official Website: Ueno Zoological Gardens

2) Bentendo Temple at Shinobazu Pond


This is a place where Benzaiten is worshiped. It offers blessings for education, the arts, wealth, and match-making. It's a great spot to stop by between trips to other sight-seeing hotspots.

Related Article: Exploring Ueno’s Hexagonal Tower: Bentendo

Shinobazu Bentendo
Address: 2-1 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: +81(0)3-3821-4638
Official Website: Kaneiji (Japanese)

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