Ueno Park is a public park that was established over a hundred years ago. It is also the site of many museums such as the Tokyo National Museum, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the Imperial Library, just to name a few. Not quite willing to pay the entrance fees, I just strolled around the park to take in the sights.
I did spot some early cherry blossoms! Though Ueno Park is a famous spot for hanami or flower-viewing, most of the trees were not yet in bloom. However, there was just this one tree that apparently decided, “Nope! Spring is here! Time to get this party started!” I was not the only one gathered beneath its branches to snap photos, either.
After that I visited a Tōshō-gū, a shinto shrine in which Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined with the name Tōshō Daigongen. I even tried praying, putting in a coin and performing the specific bows and claps (which were written in English instructions for the benefit of tourists), and I overheard a Japanese couple mention how well I did it, which pleased me.
Then I headed out to the open square, where there was a street performer painting to the beat of music coming from his giant boombox.
After that, I had some time to spare, so I explored the city area around the park. It was mainly a shopping area, so there was a lot to look at and see.