Ueno Park – Univers Japan Shop

When you have little time to spend in Tokyo, but want to see a wide variety of things, Ueno Park is a great option. Ueno Park is the largest public park, located in the northeast part of central Tokyo. The park grounds have a rich history; the land was part of Kaneiji Temple (the largest and richest temples in Tokyo) and during the Boshin War, battles were fought on the ground.

After the war, the park was opened to the public and has since become a very popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Several museums are located in the park, as well as various shrines and temples and even a zoo. In addition, the park is home to over 1,000 sakura trees, making it a popular spot for Hanami. We have developed a route for you that takes you through some of the most interesting and/or beautiful places in the park. Let’s discover the main places to visit!

When you want to learn more about the places, culture and history of Japan, we recommend that you explore the area with a guide. We are happy to customize a tour for you, showing you the places you want to experience! Learn more about our private tours!

1. The statue of Saigo Takamori

When you enter the park from the south and go up the two stairs, you will see a very important statue on your right. It is the statue of the famous saigo Takamori, one of the most influential samurai in all of Japan. Takamori was one of the commanders who led the Meiji Restoration in 1868. After growing discontent with the government, he once again led an army of former samurai in their final battle. Does this story sound familiar to you? He was the inspiration for the filmmakers of The Last Samurai!

2. Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple

As you continue straight ahead, passing the Tomb of the Shogitai Warriors (behind the Saigo Statue) on your right, you will soon see the Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple on your left side. This temple is one of the busiest temples in the park, women who want to conceive leave a doll here for the 1000-armed goddess Senju Kannon. Or when their wish is granted, the women turn to pray for good health and protection.

Many say that the Kannon-do temple resembles the Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto! What do you think?

When you stand on the wooden viewing platform and look to the right, you will see Tsuki no Matsu, which translates to Moon Pine. Look through and you’ll have a great view of Temple of Bentendo. This temple was built in the middle of the Shinobazu pond and enshrines the goddess BenzaitenShe is the only female member of Japan’s seven lucky gods and the goddess of all things that flow such as luck, wisdom, and wealth.

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