Ueno Station 上野駅

A bustling station and visitors' heaven

Ueno Station is located in Taito Ward, in the northern part of Tokyo. Served by the Yamanote line, it provides access to many tourist sites, such as Ueno Park and its many museums, the zoo, and the Ameya-Yokocho shopping district!

After the war, the Ameya-Yokocho shopping district, a stone's throw from Ueno Station, became a hotspot for the black market.

From the mid-1950s, Ueno Station became the gateway for residents leaving the arid lands of the Hokuriku and Tohoku regions (north of Honshu Island) to seek work in the capital city.

A memorial, "Ah, Ueno Station", bearing the text of a song conveying the hopes but also the loneliness of these rural youths, was erected at the Ueno Hirokoji exit.

In 1982, the Tohoku Shinkansen line was opened. It connects the cities of Omiya and Morioka, then Omiya and Ueno in 1985, giving rise to the construction of the underground Shinkansen station, and will finally connect Ueno to Tokyo station in 1991.

From that date, Ueno Station lost its importance but remained the "Gateway to the North".

At the time of the "economic bubble" (1986-1990), the station again poured in its flood of workers from the northern regions.

Stèle et chanson "Ah! La gare de Ueno"

Stele and song "Ah! La gare de Ueno"

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On the third floor, the " Panda Bashi " passage, (the panda bridge), connects the station to Ueno Park (take the Iriya exit) with its museums and zoo. Here, we discover a part of the artistic life of the capital and its history thanks to the temples and historical monuments that mark the park. But the park is popular during sakura season when thousands of people come happily and noisily to picnic under the cherry blossoms.

The exit named "Park Gate" also leads to the park. In front of this exit, inside the station, there is an information office and very close there is a point of sale of entrance tickets for the various museums located in Ueno Park, which allows you to avoid the lines at the museum ticket offices.

L'entrée de la gare JR Ueno au niveau de Panda bashi

The entrance to JR Ueno Station at Panda bashi

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