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Updated: October 1, 2019
You will be greeted with a facade of gold as you walk towards the Ueno Toshogu Shrine in Ueno Park. This gorgeous building is designated a Cultural Property of Japan for its resilience in surviving devastating wars and earthquakes since it was built in 1627. Thanks to a major renovation in 1651, the shrine has distinctive features from the Edo period (1603-1867). Pay attention to the gold leaf trimmings and intricate carvings.
Most visitors come to the shrine to pray for good fortune, such as passing examinations, vocational success, longevity, and recovery from illness. Of course, you can also come to simply admire the characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture.
For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.