Ueno   上野

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In addition to the park and the zoo, Ueno neighborhood is full of temples and shrines.

In addition to the park and the zoo, Ueno neighborhood is full of temples and shrines.

The Ameyoko shopping street connects Ueno station and Okachimachi.

The Ameyoko shopping street connects Ueno station and Okachimachi.

Back to the hill, a park

Rich in history, in 1868, Ueno was the place of resistance of the last samurai - some two thousand faithful to the shogun - against the imperial troops. The supporters of the Tokugawa were beaten, and the new government transformed the stronghold of the defeated into a vast garden open to the public. An ideal spot to celebrate and enjoy the cherry blossoms, the green Ueno Park with its pond filled with lotus flowers in the summer, receives many visitors. Many students at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music come here, as well as families and couples out for a walk.

There is also Ueno Zoo, the oldest zoo in Japan. Many cultural institutions are also located here, including the remarkable Tokyo National Museum. Northwest of the popular district of Asakusa, Ueno, studded with shrines and temples like Kaneiji, seems like another world hidden in the city's turbulent and hypnotic urban geography.

Foodies also have their reasons for coming to this neighborhood. Before the end of year celebrations, the traders of the largest indoor market Ameya Yokocho attract a crowd of customers, looking for bargains and promotions on foods to best celebrate the new year.

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