Ueno Park in Tokyo

IMG_4803Ueno Park was another Tokyo location that was recommended to me by Google…

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.

IMG_4811And so I wandered.  The park was huge, and I wasn’t entirely sure where to go or what to see.

IMG_4816 IMG_4818 IMG_4819 IMG_4828I 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.   IMG_4842IMG_4834IMG_4832 IMG_4840 IMG_4841I 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.

IMG_4846He was very lively, hopping and dancing to the music as he painted.  The painting was lovely as well, but I didn’t stay for the whole thing.

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.

IMG_4860 IMG_4862 IMG_4880Isn’t this Marvel vending machine so cool?  One of the things I really miss about Japan are the vending machines.

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About secretforkeeps

Hello! I'm just an amateur blogger and photographer who enjoys travel and learning languages. I'm currently back in the US and use my blog to record my past adventures and plan for the future ones. ;)
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