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Town of history and culture"Tokyo Ueno"
Ueno Zoo
Ueno Zoo was opened in 1882.The zoo has over 120 years of history and represents not only Tokyo but all Japan. It is closed on Mondays.>>WEB
Shinobazu Pond
In spring cherry blossoms surround the pond and in summer the pond is covered with lotus leaves. Benten Shrine, dedicated to one of the seven gods of Yanaka, is located in the center of the pond.
The Tokyo National Museum
The Tokyo National Museum is Japanfs oldest museum which was founded in 1872.More than 110, 000 cultural assets, both domestic and foreign, as well as Japanfs national treasures are in the collection of this museum.It is closed on Mondays>>WEB
National Science Museum
More than ten thousand pieces relating to the living world, such as the evolution of life and the mysteries of the dinosaurs are on display. The museum also has a hands-on science area where you can see, hear, touch and experiment for yourself.It is closed on Mondays.>>WEB
The National Museum of Western Art
This museum specializes in Western art and was founded with the Matsukata collection as its base.It is one of a few famous museums where pre-18th century art is permanently on display.It is closed on Mondays.>>WEB
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is a modern art museum which holds large-scale exhibitions such as the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition and the Nika Exhibition, which accept submissions of artwork from the public.It is closed on Mondays.>>WEB
The Ueno Royal Museum
The Ueno Royal Museum which was founded in 1972 harmonizes into the environment of Ueno Park.gThe Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibitionh and the gVOCA Exhibitionhheld annually are viewed as a gateway to success by young painters.It is open throughout the year.>>WEB
The Statue Of Takamori Saigo
A military and political leader at the end of the Edo Period and the beginning of the Meiji Era, who played an important role in the Meiji Restoration.The motif of this statue is Saigo out hunting rabbits with his favorite dog gTsun.h
Kan-ei Temple
Kan-ei Temple was built as a temple for the Tokugawa family in 1652 when Iemitsu Tokugawa, the 3rd shogun was in power.
Six out of the fifteen shoguns are buried in the Tokugawa family mausoleum in Kan-ei Templefs cemetery.
Yushima Tenmangu
Yushima Tenmangu is a Shinto shrine where Michizane Sugawara, a famous scholar is venerated.The precincts are busy with people praying for success during the entrance examination season.>>WEB
Taikan Yokoyama Memorial Hall
This memorial hall was built on the site where Taikan Yokoyama, a famous Japanese style painter, lived.His tasteful artwork is on display in this Japanese style building.It is closed Monday through Wednesday.>>WEB
Ameya Yokocho
There are more than 400 stores in this market area called gAmeyoko.hThe vibrant energy of this area can be felt in the continuous cries of vendors touting their wares.>>WEB
History of Ueno
The Naming of Ueno
 
It is believed that originally the shores of Tokyo Bay were located at Ueno.And the hill on which Ueno Zoo is now located was a cape.Shinobazu Pond is said to be a remnant of the time when Ueno was situated along Tokyo Bay.
Ueno was called Shinobuoka during the warring states period and was relatively unpopulated.Several origins for the naming of Ueno have been suggested. One is that gTohdoh Takatorag, a feudal lord who was not a vassal of the Tokugawa family, who owned a mansion here, found that the shape of Shinobuoka was similar to the shape of Iganokuniueno (present day Iga City and Nabari City in Mie Prefecture), where his castle was located..
The Edo Period
 
In the reign of Iemitsu Tokugawa, the 3rd shogun, Tenkai, a high ranking Tendai Buddhist monk, proposed the construction of Kan-ei Temple in order to block the quarter lying to the northeast (known as the gdevilfs gateh) of Edo Castle, a position believed to be unlucky.Since then Ueno has prospered greatly as a temple town.
Former Kan-ei Templefs  five-story pagoda.
Former Kan-ei Templefs
five-story pagoda.
From the Meiji Era to the Present
In 1868 (the first year of the Meiji era) the gBattle of Uenoh took place between the Shogitai, a group of samurai loyal to the Tokugawa shogunate, who had occupied Ueno Hill, and the army of the new government.
The uprising was stamped out within a day but most of Kan-ei Temple had been destroyed by fire.
The site of the battle became Japanes first public park, now known as@gUeno Park.h.
Ueno Park Shinobazu Pond
Ueno Park
Shinobazu Pond
gThe Domestic Industrial Expositionh was held here in 1877.Ueno started to develop as a center of culture.In 1883 Ueno Station was built as a terminus for the Japanese Railway Company.

As the station functioned as the northern gateway to Tokyo for those coming from Tohoku and Hokuriku, Ueno prospered. And Ueno developed into the great shopping area that it is today.
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