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Renoir Ueno Park & The Diverse People – ルノアール 上野公園前店

Ueno Park is probably one of Tokyo’s largest public parks. Every major metropolitan city has its large park.  With each park, it’s filled with locals relaxing and wasting the day.  

Ueno Park Tokyo Japan
Ueno Park

New York has Central Park.  Sydney & Melbourne both have Royal Botanic Gardens. Chicago has Millennium Park.  San Francisco has Golden Gate Park.  Portland has Mills End.   Seoul has Olympic Park.  Kyoto has Maruyama.  Paris has Champ de Mars.  Tokyo is no different.

However, with a few exceptions, Tokyo is probably one of the larger of the mentioned cities.  It’s an interesting park and a tourist attraction.  It has a lot of attractions you wouldn’t expect from a typical park in any city.  There’s a number of different attractions and the park is a pretty good stroll on the weekend.  It’s pretty packed and across from the Ueno station.

Ueno Park Tokyo Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

There’s a pond, a number of shrines/temples, street performers, a baseball field, a museum, and an freaking zoo.  With my brief time there, I visited a farmer’s market, saw a hula hop dancer, a snake tamer, and a singers.  There was a shrine ceremony with grown men chanting away and wearing short shorts.  I spoke to my Japanese co-worker who used to live in Tokyo and she said she never goes here because it’s full of weirdos.  Well, that explains the diverse group of people here.

There are the following attractions:

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art MuseumUeno Park Tokyo Japan
  • Benten-do Temple

    Ueno Park Tokyo Japan
    Benten-do Temple
  • Gojoten Shrine

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    Gojoten Shrine
  • Toshogu Shrine

    Ueno Park Tokyo Japan
    Toshogu Shrine
  • Kiyomizu Kannon-Do Temple

    Ueno Park Tokyo Japan
    Kiyomizu Kannon-Do Temple
  • Farmer’s Market

    Ueno Park Tokyo Japan
    Farmer’s Market
  • Ueno Zoo
  • Shinobazu Pond

    Ueno Park Tokyo Japan
    Shinobazu Pond

Overall, I would totally recommend Ueno Park.  It reminds me of NYC’s Central Park with a touch of California’s Venice Beach.  The park is really pretty and you could see the different colors in the leaves changed because it was the beginning of Spring.  It’s definitely a 2-3 hour stop.

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