Markets, shrines and a tiger

My last post was all about where to go in Shibuya to find hidden gems. Modern and traditional culture are found all over the city and it’s so neat to find those hidden traditional spots.

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Welcome to, day four of the blog series! I know, I say it about a lot of places but Japan has so many exciting cities to visit! Ueno is another one of those cities that I really enjoy traveling too. There is so much to do and all within walking distance or just a train stop over.

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Ueno park is a really pretty place to walk and just enjoy being out in the sunshine. It also is easy to get too, the main Ueno station is right next to it! Ueno park was once apart of the grounds of the Kaneiji temple but later was opened to the public as the first western style park. It is just a big walkway through the trees but along it there is a lot to see. Street performers are sometimes out doing some form of entertainment and that’s always amusing to watch. They also have lots of festivals at the park, for example, the Sakura festival during cherry blossom season. You can go and walk under the sakura trees and have a hanami party, which I explain in one of my previous blog post.

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There is a nice Starbucks at the far southwestern side with lots of outdoor seating for those beautiful sunny days. Right down the path from the Starbucks is the Ueno Zoological Gardens! I have gone to this zoo two times in the past year. The zoo is so big and has a huge variety of animals to see. I would dedicate a whole day to visit the zoo due to the size of it. Admission is also super cheap!

Closed – Mondays

Hours – 9:30 – 17:00

Admission – 

  • Adults (16-64) – 600 yen
  • Seniors (65+) – 300 yen
  • Students (13-15) – 200 yen
  • Children (0-12) – Free

For more information on the Uneo Zoological Gardens visit their website.

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Other enjoyable things to see along the Ueno park are the variety of museums, Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the National Science Museum. There are also temples and shrines hidden among the trees along the walkway.Markets, shrines and a tiger

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The one shrine had an orange box sitting by the temple and it asked for 100 yen. We had no idea what it was but decided to try it out. After we put 100 yen in, a little paper fell out the bottom.

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After walking Ueno park we decided to head over to the Ameya-Yokochho market. There are all kinds of things sold; fish, meat, fruits, hats, shoes and so much more. I didn’t like the fishy smell that followed all around the market but however, I did enjoy fruit on stick!

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For the rest of the day we walked to a few other shrines and temples in the area.

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Along the Schichimen slope there is a street with lots of shops and restaurants.

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Thank you for reading day four of my blog series! I hope you enjoyed all the photos I had to share! Keep an eye out for day five of the six excursions. I will be sharing some of my adventures in the city Yokohama and what to visit while there!

Six excursions in six days

Rosy Trisha Blog

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