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Updated: October 11, 2019
Although Tokyo is a busy, modern metropolis, there are still vestiges of its Edo heritage in the grand gardens of former warlords and the precious artifacts of the past. History comes alive in these beautiful parks and museums.
This convenient station on the Yamanote Line becomes colorful in late spring, when the azalea hedges near the platforms burst into bloom. It's an easy walk from here to the classic Japanese Rikugien Gardens on the south side, and the European style Kyu-Furukawa Gardens to the north.
Cute pandas have taken over Ueno Station, in the form of cakes, chocolates, socks and other souvenirs, dedicated to Ueno Zoo's most famous residents. Ueno Station is convenient to some of the city's best museums, for a taste of art and culture. Take the Park Exit.
The park is a vast pleasure ground, with fine temples and museums dedicated to art, science and culture, along with a zoo and a concert hall. In spring, it is a focus for cherry blossom viewing, but the park attracts visitors every day to stroll, take coffee and enjoy the buskers.
Originally a bustling black market after WWII, the maze of streets under the train lines at Ueno still retains some of that rough charm. Stallholders call out bargains and visitors stroll with traditional snacks as they peruse the wares. It's a great place to find Japanese foodstuffs like green tea and seaweed.