Ueno (うえの/上野) features one of the biggest parks in Tokyo and is one of the main ‘cities’ within the megalopolis that is Tokyo.  There many museums in the park, and the area is full of brightly lit streets and stores.

Budget travel tips

  • Asakusa is a nice city walk from Ueno, via Kappabashi.  We recommend starting with Ueno in the morning, then getting to Asakusa in the early evening/late afternoon.  Check the map below for the route (green line).
  • Make sure you come here during the cherry blossom season.  Buy some drinks and snacks before (prices can be high inside), walk around and sit down under the cherry blossom trees!
  • If you really love arts museums Ueno’s are a great visit, but Tokyo itself is full of art, so don’t worry about them if you are on a budget.

Things to do

Ameyoko Ueno 

A collection of streets with many street vendors, Japanese restaurants and game arcades. Traders will sometimes give you a good bargain, if you are nice! 

Ueno park (FREE)

A huge park, and known as a great place to view the cherry blossom. Highlights include Bentendo, octagonal temple hall, and Toshogu Shrine.  Easy to use maps are located all over the park.

Ueno Zoo

A nice zoo, especially good for children, but also fun for adults.  This is the park containing Pandas, so be prepared to line up!

Tokyo National Museum

Over 100,000 historical object from all over Japan. Great if you want to know a little more about Japan.

Cost: 600 yen,

Open: Monday-Friday 9:30-17:00.

How to get there

From Shinjuku station, take the Yamanote line (green JR line) to Ueno station (25 mins, 190 yen).

From Tokyo station, take the Yamanote line (green JR line) to Ueno station (6 mins, 150 yen).


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

There are many hostels in nearby Asakusa and Akihabara.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict