Visiting Ueno Kōen in Tokyo

Learn about Ueno Kōen, one of Tokyo's oldest public parks, in this Howcast travel video.

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Tokyo is a busy, vibrant city of concrete and skyscrapers.

When you need to get away from it all, go to Ueno Park. Ueno Park is one of the oldest public parks in all of Japan, and today it’s the most popular.

It’s an oasis of nature, with over 8,000 trees. If you happen to be in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season in spring, Ueno Park is the ideal place to see the flowers.

Even if you can’t make it for the short cherry blossom season, you can still admire the lotus blossoms on Shinobazu Pond.

Nature is one of the main reasons to visit the park, but a number of other attractions and facilities also can be found in Ueno Park. Ueno Zoo is located in the park. This is Japan’s oldest and most famous zoo.

You’ll also find some of Tokyo’s best museums in Ueno Park, like the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and the National Museum of Nature and Science.

Even the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest and largest in Japan, is located in Ueno Park.

But aside from museums, there are many other cultural attractions -- like Toshogu shrine, which dates back to 1651.

Ueno Park is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places to enjoy Tokyo’s culture.

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