Thursday, December 29, 2011
Ueno Onshi Park, also known as Ueno Park, was recognized as the one of the first parks in Japan along with Shiba, Asakusa, Fukugawa, and Asukayama Parks by the Grand Council of State in 1873. The grounds occupy the site of the famous Tokugawa Shogunate era Kan'ei-ji Shrine from the Edo Period. With the Meiji Restoration, the land became government property, and was passed down to Tokyo as a gift from the Imperial State Department in 1924 - thus the name of "Onshi" or "Imperial Gift." The park currently has many cultural attractions such as the main shrine of Kan'ei-ji and its mausoleum, Toshugu Shrine, a park with a vast number of cherry blossom trees, a museum, a zoo, and an art museum. It has truly been transformed into a park with high cultural significance.
5:00am - 11:00pm
2 min walk from Ueno Sta. on JR Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line
5 min walk from Ueno-okachimachi Sta. on Toei Subway Oedo Line
1 min walk from Keisei-Ueno Sta. on Keisei Line