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With barely a soaring skyscraper or gleaming shopping mall in sight, Ueno offers a refreshing taste of the Tokyo of yesteryear. Once a simple, working class district, today it attracts hordes of local and international visitors with its lush, expansive park, its blockbuster museums, and its bustling traditional shopping district. Stray a little off the beaten track and you may also discover quaint traditional tea shops, treasure-filled jewellery stores, and some of the city’s most welcoming and laid-back bars.

Things to see

Set across 300 sprawling acres, and packed with enough enthralling attractions to consume your entire trip, it’s easy to see why Ueno Park is Tokyo’s most-visited park. Over 10 million visitors flock here each year to explore its beautifully maintained temples and shrines, peruse its expertly curated museums and galleries, and to row boats across the shimmering Shinobazu Pond. Each spring it plays host to the city’s biggest and best Hanami parties, in which friends and family come together to enjoy sake-fuelled picnics under the flowering cherry blossom trees. Inside the park you’ll also find Japan’s oldest zoo, Ueno Zoo, which is home to thousands of lovingly cared creatures from all over the world, including adorable giant and red pandas, majestic Sumatran tigers, and formidable western lowland gorillas. Culture vultures must also make time for the Tokyo National Museum. This cavernous complex celebrates the history of Japan through an astonishing collection of priceless treasures, everyday artefacts and exquisite artworks.

Hotels in Ueno

Ueno hotels offer some of the best value for money that you’ll find anywhere in Tokyo. If you’re travelling on a tight budget, why not sample to novel delights of a quintessentially Japanese capsule hotel? Or you may prefer the more conventional charm of a cosy guesthouse or backpacker’s hostel, where you can enjoy home comforts like free WiFi and hot drink makers, without breaking the bank. If you’ve a little more cash to splash, Ueno also boasts first-rate mid-range options, where you can enjoy indulgent amenities like full service spas, flat-screen TVs, and irresistible hotel buffets to lure you out of bed each morning.

Where to stay

Ueno is the ideal location for visitors who want easy access to all the glitz and glamour of central Tokyo, but crave more laid-back, low-key surroundings. After a hard day’s sightseeing, head to one of the area’s countless charming, locally-owned restaurants, where you can feast on steaming bowls of ramen noodle soup, or tender breaded pork cutlets, washed down with ice cold beer or warming sake. The Ameyoko shopping street is the perfect spot to pick up bargain-priced souvenirs, with hundreds of colourful stalls selling everything from dried fish to designer handbags.

How to get to Ueno

Both Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport are served by flights from an extensive range of domestic and international destinations, including major transport hubs such as London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. From Haneda you can reach Ueno by train in about 45 minutes – take the Keikyu line to Shinagawa, then jump on the JR Yamanote line to Ueno station. Alternatively, you can get there by taxi in around 30 minutes. From Narita, the high-speed Skyliner service will take you direct to Keisei-Ueno station in around 45 minutes. Travelling by taxi may take considerably longer – up to 2 hours at peak times.

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