Tokyo, Japan Day 3.1: Ueno Park & Akihabara Travel Guide
Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park
Ueno Park or Ueno Kōen 上野公園 (Kōen is Japanese for park) – It is a large public park in Northern Tokyo, Japan. The park is known as one of Tokyo’s best Cherry Blossom spots. There are several museums, temples and shrines in the area including a Zoo. The best time to visit is during sakura season (late March and early April. It is the perfect time to view the Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park .
I spent the afternoon strolling in the park. During Sakura season the park is full of people and several Sakura viewing parties are held. There are more than a thousand sakura trees in the park. When I visited, the cherry blossoms at Ueno park have not fully bloomed yet. I was just a few days too early. I skipped going to the museums and zoo as I prefer the outdoors and I was not that fond of Zoos.
List of Tourist Attractions in Ueno Park:
- Tokyo National Museum
- National Museum for Western Art
- Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
- National Science Museum
- Ueno Zoo
- Kaneiji Temple
- Kiyomizu Kannon Temple
- Toshogu Shrine
How to get Ueno Park:
Ueno Park is near the JR Ueno Station.
Geek Out at Akihabara
Akihabara 秋葉原 (a.ka. Akiba) – Is known as the mecca for Otaku culture. Akihabara is also called “Electric Town” because of the many electronic and gadget shops in the area. You can find the latest and cheapest electronic gadgets in Akihabara. The district is lively especially at night. Check all the electronic shops to get the best deals and prices.
Aside from electronic and gadget shops Akihabara is also famous for many anime related establishments. There are Manga, cosplay and Anime figure shops. In the evening there are young girls in cosplay inviting customers to different Maid Cafes. There are also themed cafes, Gundam Café is based on the popular Gundam anime Series. If you are in to J-Pop then you probably know AKB48. The idol group has their own AKB48 themed café just next to the Gundam café.
How to get Akihabara:
Akihabara is accessible via Akihabara Station, it is served by the JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, and Chuo Local lines.
Day 3 Tokyo, Japan Itinerary:
- Tsukiji Market
- Ueno Park
Read Part 1 : Tokyo, Japan Day 3.1:Exploring Tsukiji Market & Ginza