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Awesome Things to Do In Japan: 10 Most Popular Spots in Ueno! (January 2020 Ranking)

Awesome Things to Do In Japan: 10 Most Popular Spots in Ueno! (January 2020 Ranking)

Date published: 7 February 2020

These are the top recommendations for Ueno, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.

For instance, Niki no Kashi in Ameyoko (The first Store), Nezu Shrine, TiCTAC PARCO-ya Ueno Store and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Ueno!

Table of Contents
  1. 1.Niki no Kashi in Ameyoko (The first Store)
  2. 2.Nezu Shrine
  3. 3.TiCTAC PARCO-ya Ueno Store
  4. 4.Ueno Toshogu
  5. 5.Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
  6. 6.Ameyoko Shopping Street
  7. 7.Ueno Park
  8. 8.Takeya
  9. 9.Ueno Zoo (Ueno Zoological Gardens)
  10. 10.Fuku no yu

1.Niki no Kashi in Ameyoko (The first Store)

1.Niki no Kashi in Ameyoko (The first Store)

Niki no Kashi has been a vendor and wholesale distributor of candy and snacks in the Ameyoko shopping district of Ueno since 1947, and this location is Niki no Kashi’s first candy and snacks shop.
The store at this location has a price system where you can buy just one item and still get a good price, while there is also the option of making bulk purchases to get a greater discount if you buy the minimum fixed quantity.
The 1st and 2nd floors are stacked with an impressive array of candy and snacks, and also region-specific snacks such as Kit Kats from different regions throughout Japan can all be bought in this one spot.
Souvenirs, including favorites such as Kororo, Umaibo, Oyatsu Calpas, Cheese Oyatsu, etc. are fully stocked and many other products, like wasabi and green tea flavored snacks and gift items are available as well.
The product selection changes from season to season, and new products that are popular in Japan on any given day can be found right here.

2.Nezu Shrine

2.Nezu Shrine

The ”Nezu Shrine” was built in Gongen-zukuri in 1706. All the buildings from the main hall to the hall of offerings, the hall of worship, the Karamon (a type of gate seen in Japanese architecture), the Nishi-mon (west gate), the Sukibei (lattice-windowed wall) and the two-storied gate still exist today, and they have been designated as National Important Cultural Property. Its history traces back 1900 years ago, when the shrine was (allegedly) established by Yamato Takeru where Sendagi exists now. During the Bunmei era (1469 - 1486) the main building of the shrine was established by Ota Dokan (1432 - 1486) and during the Edo period (1600/1603 - 1868) Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (1646 - 1709) - the fifth shogun - established the main building of the current shrine which he then relocated from Sendagi where the old shrine existed to its current location, also in Sendagi. Also, on the premises is a 6,600 square-meter azalea garden where about 3,000 azaleas of 100 different types bloom in Late Apli (depending on the climate of the year). During this period, street stalls such as Amazake-chaya (traditional Japanese teahouse famous for its Amazake: a traditional Japanese (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available) drink made from fermented rice) and Ueki-ichi (flower market) are lined up at the premises. It is a 5-minute walk from ”Nezu” Station and ”Sendagi” Station of the Metro Chiyoda Line and ”Todaimae” Station of the Metro Namboku Line.

3.TiCTAC PARCO-ya Ueno Store

3.TiCTAC PARCO-ya Ueno Store

We are a specialist watch store handling a range of popular watches, including Japanese brands such as SEIKO, CITIZEN, CASIO (G-SHOCK) and current hot brands such as KLASSE14 and Skagen, the latest smartwatches, and comfortable casual watches.
We also stock great options such as original watch designs that can only be found in our store, and matching watches recommended for an anniversary present. Gift wrapping is free. We can also offer assistance in English, Chinese, and Korean using a Navi Dial interpretation service. We handle duty free purchases and accept WeChat, Alipay, UnionPay and other credit cards.

<Access by public transport>
One minute's walk from JR Okachimachi Station
One minute's walk from Ueno-hirokoji Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
One minute's walk from Ueno-okachimachi Station on the Toei Oedo Line
Five minutes' walk from Naka-okachimachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Five minutes' walk from Yushima Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Eight minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station

4.Ueno Toshogu

4.Ueno Toshogu

Located in Ueno Park, Ueno Toshogu Shrine is a cultural property of significant value. It was built in 1627 as a shinto shrine enshrining Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Later in 1651, the third shogun Iemitsu ordered massive scale reconstruction. Its main hall was richly decorated with gold foils, which eventually gave the nickname of the ”shrine of gold”. In the shrine precinct you can enjoy viewing the essence of the every season such as peonies and cherry blossoms in spring colored leaves in Autumn. Any time of the year the shrine is filled with people who pray for their academic achievement and better luck. The shrine is also a popular tourist attraction for overseas visitors because it is the place to see a genuine Edo/Tokyo style building right in the middle of Tokyo. It is only a five-minute walk away from Ueno Station on the Yamanote Line, Keisei Line and Tokyo Metro Line.

  • Ueno Toshogu
    • Address 9-88, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3822-3455

5.Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

5.Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

Yanaka Ginza Shopping District is a local shopping street in downtown Tokyo that retains the good old shitamachi atmosphere. The friendly service, the close rapport between staff and the customer, and the human warmth keep customers coming back. This district is located in an area called Yanesen, which is the connected areas of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi. It is so popular that many people come from afar, especially on weekends. There are 70 stores along the 170-meter-long street, mainly older private shops. Not only locals but tourists as well can enjoy traditional Japanese sweets, cakes, crafts, take-out dishes, cafes and so on. Enjoy a stroll along this pleasant street with its charming awnings, signboards and cat-motif street furniture. A five- minute walk from Nippori Station on the JR Yamanote Line, Jouban Line, Keisei Line and Toei Toneri Line.

6.Ameyoko Shopping Street

6.Ameyoko Shopping Street

The Ameyayokocho shotengai(shopping street) is located between JR Okachimachi Station and JR Ueno Station. It is a lively market with the charming atmosphere of historic downtown Tokyo and is visited by many shoppers every day. In addition to the well-known fish and crab, there is a wide variety of shops selling everything from clothing to Asian food, as well as food stalls. Looking back at its history, it is said to have grown out of a black market that sprung up in the years following the end of World War II. Initially, when sweets were valuable, many shops sold sweet potato candies and candies called amedama, but once the Korean War started in 1950, many shops began selling articles procured from the American military forces and the Market gradually changed from a black market to a shopping district. Because it was selling imported goods, it began to be called Ameyoko, which is a combination of ”Ameya-yokocho” (candy store lane) and ”Amerika-yokocho” (America lane). Even today, there is an ”Ameya-yokocho” sign on the Ueno side where many food stores are, and an ”Ameyoko” sign on the Okachimachi side, where many import stores are. It is well-known as a market full of shoppers buying fresh food at the end of the year to prepare for the New Year. It is a short walk from the central exit of JR Ueno Station.

  • Ameyoko Shopping Street
    • Address 4, Ueno, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3832-5053

7.Ueno Park

7.Ueno Park

Ueno-onshi-koen, or the Ueno Park, is one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing sites in Japan, and there are about 1,200 cherry trees in the park. Every spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom, nearly 2 million people visit the park for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing (a custom in which food and alcohol are enjoyed under blooming cherry trees). In the evening, bonbori (paper lanterns) are lit, and the cherry blossoms look fantastic as they appear in the soft illumination of the paper lanterns. There are various festivals held in the summer such as enthusiastic performances by various artists, music concerts on the outdoor stage, and a bon-dance festival. (Bon is a religious observation.) A beautiful autumn foliage can also be viewed, and it attracts many visitors who want to experience a tasteful walk. In winter, there is an exhibition of beautiful peonies at the Ueno Toshogu Shrine, which is situated within the park. Peonies are some of the auspicious flowers celebrating a new year. Also, a zoo, a museum, and an art gallery are placed within the park premises, so the premises is widely known as bunka-no-mori (translated as the forest of culture). It is a two-minute walk from the Ueno Station on the JR (Japan Railways), the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, or the Hibiya Line.

  • Ueno Park
    • Address Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3828-5644

8.Takeya

8.Takeya

Takeya is a long-established general-discount department store dating back to 1947. They stock consumer electronics, PCs, clothes, watches and jewelry, foods, alcoholic beverages, commodities, sporting goods, pharmaceuticals, furniture, stationery goods and more. Over 200,000 items are available, often at low prices. The advantage of Takeya is that its goods are selected nationwide by buyers for the store, so the quality is excellent. All counters are staffed by experts specializing in the products: consumer electronics advisers, jewelry coordinators, food advisers, Japanese sake (alcoholic beverages) advisers, pharmacists, and makeup artists whom you will find helpful. It is located just outside Exit 3 of Nakaokachimachi Station on the Hibiya Line.

  • Takeya
    • Address 4-33-2, Taitou, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0016
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    • Nearest Station Naka-Okachimachi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3835-7777

9.Ueno Zoo (Ueno Zoological Gardens)

9.Ueno Zoo (Ueno Zoological Gardens)

Opened in 1882, this was the first zoo to be established in Japan. There are about 400 different species and 3,000 animals kept in this zoo. The zoo is divided into two areas, the East garden where the popular giant pandas and the swimming polar bears can be seen, and the West garden where you can observe small animals like the aye-aye, which is rarely seen in Japan, and interact with guinea pigs and rabbits. At the Shinobazu Pond in the west part of the zoo, you can see various birds, and feel various animals living in the zoo very close by. Guided tours by led by expert staff are also held regularly. These tours will tell you about the diet of animals or how to distinguish a male from a female. It is a five minute walk from JR Ueno station Kouen exit.

  • Ueno Zoo (Ueno Zoological Gardens)
    • Address 9-83, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-8711
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3828-5171

10.Fuku no yu

10.Fuku no yu

Here at Fukunoyu, you can stretch out in a large bath and enjoy the high-quality well water of Musashino. The bathhouse was renovated in December 2011 and reopened with the catch-phrase, ”bathhouse with a blessing mood.” The building has a retro-modern atmosphere and features man-made radon baths (daikokuten-no-yu) and herbal baths (benzaiten-no-yu). Both are on a weekly alternating schedule between men and women. Bathrooms are designed with the image of Shichifukujin, a character of the surrounding Yanesen district. The building is also equipped with Jacuzzis, body massages and earthen tubs. Shampoos and conditioners are provided, so you can come empty-handed. A five-minute walk from Hon-komagome Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.

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