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Ueno Travel Guide

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Ueno Overview

Ueno is a district within the confines of Taito Ku or Taito ward in the eastern part of Tokyo. It is in an older area traditionally known as "Shitamachi" or low town, encompassing the areas lower and closer to the shores and banks of the Sumida river in days gone by. Though what once was seen as lower both physically and socially today is an area of higher values both physically and socially. The Ueno area is home to a massive train station with and surrounded by plenty of fine shopping opportunities.

Near the station are some very important museums in Japan's pantheon including the Tokyo National Museum, The National museum of western Art, and the National Science Museum. These are all in the vicinity of the much loved and spacious Ueno Park which includes a popular zoo. There are many historical temples and shrines in the area.

A tourist's treasure trove is Ameya Yokocho (candy store alley) shortened by locals to Ameyoko. There are several lanes and alleys of the former black market products area after WWII. Ame also meant America to many because many American goods were bought on the black market here.

Ueno is well worth a trip while in Tokyo. It is easily accessible by train. There are many chances for good food as well as culture and goods. Also just a 15 or so walk from Ueno are the Asakusa temple grounds in one direction and the famous Akihabara electronic district in another.

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