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Written by: Meidiana Khadijah Maramis
Everything in Ueno!
This district in Tokyo is best known as the home of Ueno Park, one of the large parks in Japan that is famous for its sakura viewing during spring, Ueno Zoo with cute pandas, and is also home to a number of museums such as the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and more.
Enjoying the Breeze at Ueno Park
Even though you don’t make a visit in spring, Ueno Park is beautiful in every season. It has rich greeneries with ponds and cafes, the wind breeze is so fresh that is very convenient to have a walk. If you are lucky, you might find street performances in the park!
2 min walk from JR Ueno station.
Meet Panda at Ueno Zoo
Ueno Zoo is the oldest and one of Japan’s largest zoos, which opened in March 1882. The zoo is home to a variety of animals, with Giant Panda being the most popular animal living in the zoo. Many Panda-related goods are on sale in the zoo as well as in shops around Ueno.
The panda is extremely popular and visitors have to queue to see panda. In some cases need to line up for 4 hours or so. Since it will be a long line, people who want to leave the line for a while (to go to the toilet, etc), are advised to tell the person in the front and back, so that they can go back to the line smoothly.
The zoo is inside Ueno Park.
・200 yen/junior high school
・300 yen/65 y.o and up
・Free admission for kids under 13 y.o
Halal Eat at Issho Tokyo Ueno
Located just a minute’s walk from JR Ueno station in the FUNDES Bldg 8F, Issho Tokyo Ueno serves tasty Japanese foods which are rarely available in Tokyo, such as the flavorful motsunabe that is originally soul food of Fukuoka Prefecture and halal Kobe beef! The restaurant is trendy among locals and Muslim residents so worth to try when you are visiting Ueno!
Pray at Assalaam Masjid Okachimachi
It is a mosque located at Okachimachi close to Ueno, connected by the shopping arcade Ameyokocho. Assalaam Masjid has been an important place for Muslims in the areas to gather and connect with each other.
Ameyokocho Shopping Street
It is a busy street market that stretches alongside the railway tracks between JR Ueno Station and JR Okachimachi Station with direct access from the JR Ueno station Shinobazu exit. There are a variety of retail businesses selling a huge selection of foods such as seafood, fruits, and vegetables, to clothing and cosmetics at cheap prices. This is also a popular place to find souvenirs to bring back home.
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