Ueno/Akihabara Tourist Information
Ueno Park is a spacious public park in the Ueno district of Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. The park was established in 1873 on lands formerly belonging to the temple of Kan’ei-ji. Amongst the country’s first public parks, it was founded following the western example as part of the borrowing and assimilation of international practices that characterizes the early Meiji period. The home of a number of major museums, Ueno Park is also celebrated in spring for its cherry blossoms and hanami. In recent times the park and its attractions have drawn over ten million visitors a year, making it Japan’s most popular city park.
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.
One of the favorite pastimes of many a visitor to Japan is going on a souvenir shopping spree, hauling in as many amazing goods and deals as possible. In Ginza, people shop for high-end and trendy fashion in its many department stores and high-class duty free shops, while Shinjuku is known for its abundance of massive electronics retailers – Tokyo offers many a shopping spree hot spot. One of them is Ameyoko in Ueno, an atmospheric open-air market that offers various stores selling a massive selection of fashion, cosmetics, medicines, and even fresh food at almost ridiculously cheap prices. Additionally, Ameyoko Market is close to both Koreatown and Asakusa, famous for its many sightseeing spots, and since the atmospheric open-air market has always been very popular among international visitors, Ameyoko Market is known as extremely welcoming and tourist-friendly since many years.
Akihabara Electric Town
Akihabara is a globally famous electric town. Any consumer electric products are available to purchase at a reasonable price. There are many specialized stores handling items appreciated by certain people. Let’s discover precious items available only in this town.
mAAch ecute - Kanda Manseibashi
This shopping spot called mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi makes use of Manseibashi bridge, which was built in 1912. Taking advantage of the quaint atmosphere brought to life by the bricks and arches of the bridge, a lot of shops gather here like general stores, restaurants, and craft beer stores, among others. There are also a multitude of Japanese goods and sweets stores, so you might want to go here if you’re looking for a souvenir.