Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ueno & Yanesen

Tokyo National Museum

If you visit only one museum in Tokyo, make it the Tokyo National Museum. Here you'll find the world's largest collection of Japanese art, including ancient pottery, Buddhist sculptures, samurai swords, colourful uk…
Top Choice Gardens in Ueno & Yanesen

Rikugi-en

Considered by many to be Tokyo's most elegant garden, Rikugi-en was originally completed in 1702, at the behest of a feudal lord. It is definitely the most highbrow, designed to evoke scenes from classical literatur…
Top Choice Museum in Ueno & Yanesen

Asakura Museum of Sculpture, Taitō

Sculptor Asakura Fumio (artist name Chōso; 1883–1964) designed this atmospheric house himself. It combined his original Japanese home and garden with a large studio that incorporated vaulted ceilings, a 'sunrise roo…
Historic Building in Ueno & Yanesen

Kyū Iwasaki-teien

This grand residence combines a Western-style mansion designed by Josiah Conder in 1896, a Japanese house built by Ōkawa Kijuro at the same time, and gardens. It was once the villa of Hisaya Iwasaki, son of the foun…
Park in Ueno & Yanesen

Ueno-kōen

Best known for its profusion of cherry trees that burst into blossom in spring (making this one of Tokyo's top hanami – blossom-viewing – spots), sprawling Ueno-kōen is also the location of the city's highest concen…
Lake in Ueno & Yanesen

Shinobazu-ike

A key feature of Ueno-kōen is this large, natural pond, divided into three sections (one of which lies within the boundaries of Ueno Zoo). The largest section is dominated by giant lotuses, which completely cover it…
Zoo in Ueno & Yanesen

Ueno Zoo

Japan’s oldest zoo, established in 1882, is home to animals from around the globe, but the biggest attractions are the giant pandas that arrived from China in 2011 – Rī Rī and Shin Shin. Following several disappoint…
Shinto Shrine in Ueno & Yanesen

Ueno Tōshō-gū

This shrine inside Ueno-kōen was built in honour of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the warlord who unified Japan. Resplendent in gold leaf and ornate details, it dates from 1651 (though it has had recent touch-ups). You can get a…
Gallery in Ueno & Yanesen

Kuroda Memorial Hall

Kuroda Seiki (1866–1924) is considered the father of modern Western-style painting in Japan. This 1928-vintage hall, an annex to Tokyo National Museum, displays key works from different points in his career (which t…
Shinto Shrine in Ueno & Yanesen

Nezu-jinja

Not only is this one of Japan's oldest shrines, it is also easily the most beautiful in a district packed with attractive religious buildings. The vermilion and gold structure, which dates from the early 18th centur…