Ueno

Hanazono Inari Shrine

Hanazono Inari Shrine

Known to be good for fullfillment of love and finding a great partner, this shrine is popular among young women. The approach to the shrine is impressive with numerous torii gates. Although the exact date of esrtablishment is unknown, the shrine seems to have been here in Ueno since the ancient times and was refered to as “Shinobugaoka Inari.” In 1931, the shrine was renamed to its present day name. Because the original shrine structure was housed inside a cave, it was nicknamed “Ana Inari,” or “Hole Inari.” This former shrine is still in existence and is popularly known as the “Oanasama.” The cave is dark but you can definitely feel the divine power that has proteced this land since the ancient days.

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Song Memorial of Takuboku Ishikawa

Song Memorial of Takuboku Ishikawa

On the shopping street fronting the Ueno Station, you will find monument dedicated to a poet Takuboku Ishikawa. The poem inscribed on the monument is about how he would go to crowded Ueno Station to listen to dialects spoken by people from his hometown when he became homesick. The same monument is also erected inside the Ueno Station.

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Torindo Ueno Store

Torindo Ueno Store

This Japanese confectionery has a main shop in Yatsuo City in Osaka Prefecture. This branch location also opened the same year the main store opened in 1926 and has been loved by the local people since. Inside the shop is a cafe space where you can leasurely enjoy sweets and tea. “Gochika,” which is a speciality available since their opening is fruits and vegetables sprinkled with sugar that lets you enjoy their natural flavors. Also popular are the mini taiyaki, or fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste. Although small, the red bean paste is filled all the way from the head to the tip of the tail and they make great souvenir items.

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National Museum of Modern Architecture

National Museum of Modern Architecture

The famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando serves as the honorary curator of this museum that opened in 2013. The museum's mission is to collect, preserve and display documents and items related to development of architecture since the early Meiji Period. Here, you can find rare items such as sketches, models and photographs by architects Tadao Ando and Kenzo Tange, who designed the current Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and the National Yoyogi Museum. Visit here and experience the rich history of modern Japanese architecture that is respected by many people around the world.

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Kaizando

Kaizando

Kaizando is the final resting place of the Great Priest Tenkai who established Toeizan temple complex centered around Kaneiji-Temple. Although the building has been lost to numerous fires over the years since it was originally built in 1644, it has been rebuilt each time. The current structure was built in 1993. Tenkai has been given the honorary name of “Jigendaishi” for his contribution to Buddhism, and because “Jieitaishi” whom Tenkai held in high regard also rests here, Kaizando is often refered to as “Ryodaishi,” or two great saints.

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Gojoten Shrine

Gojoten Shrine

This shrine is said to have a history of more than 1,900 years. It is said that when Yamato Takeru passed by Shinobugaoka area during his travels, he built the shrine in appreciation for the protection he received from two dieties of drugs and medicine, Onamuji and Sukunahikona. The shrine is said to help bless one'e health so many people come here to pray for their continued health and for cure of their diesease. Another diety, Michizane Sugawara is also worshipped here, so the shrine is a popular spot for students and other test takers as well. The Gojoten Shrine was relocated several times during its long history but finally settled in the current location adjacent to the Hanazono Inari Shrine in 1928. The atmosphere of the Gojoten Shrine, with its solemn and selene appearance makes a beautiful contrast with the Hanazono Inari Shrine with its bright red torii gate.

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“Ah, Ueno Station” Song Monument

“Ah, Ueno Station” Song Monument

This stone memorial is inscribed with the lyrics to the 1964 Japanese hit song “Ah, Ueno Station.” The song portrayed the image if many young workers who packed the busy trains headed for their destinations during the time of high growth after the Secong World War. Many workers considered the song a cheering song for their tired souls. The monument was erected by a group of people who moved to Tokyo during that time in search of jobs. The monument, with images of trains and working youth, provides you with a picture of what is was like when Japan was struggling to come out of the ruins after the loss in World War II.

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Yamabe Ueno Location

Yamabe Ueno Location

White wooden sliding doors and white entrace drapes will let you know that you are at Yamabe. Although the atmosphere here is high class, tonkatsu, or pork cutlets, here are reasonably priced The popular item here is the pork loin cutlet set, which comes with thick pok loin deep fried to perfection and crisp, thin cut cabbage that bring perfect harmony. The set also comes with miso soup with clams and a bowl of rice. There are also sets of pork fillet cutlet and mixed fries that are served at reasonable prices.

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Shuetsu

Shuetsu

Shuetsu, a pickled and soy boiled down food store, is known as the birthplace of fukujinzuke pickles. Its long history dates back as far as the early Edo Period. In the shop's early days, they used to deal with seafood and rare delicacies and used to do business around temples in Ueno. Kaneiji Temple's head priest the items from the store so much that he gave the shop's name “Shuetsu” to mean “Foods so delicious that make sake happy.” The famous fukujinzuke pickles were created here around 1877. The name “fukujinzuke” comes from “shichifukujin,” or the seven gods of fortune, from the fact that seven different vegetables, including daikon radishes, eggplants and turnips are used to make them. The high quality vegetables pickled in premium soy sauce quickly became a hit among townspeople. Today, the taste that captivated the people of Edo can still be enjoyed here. Also on sale are lightly pickeled seasonal vegetables and smoked mackerel that make ideal gift items.

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Ueno Forest PARK SIDE CAFE

Ueno Forest PARK SIDE CAFE

This cafe is popular as a resting place for the Ueno Zoo visitors and park strollers. The cafe has an open and bright atmosphere with large windows and skylights that take in a plenty of sunlight. You can enjoy a leisurely time here as you watch the lush greenery and the people that walk by. If you prefer to rest in the fresh oustide air, opt for the terrace seating. The recommended item here are herb tea made from freshly picked herbs, aroma from which helps you relax. Food menu here is also excellent with a line up of fresh sandwiches using seasonal vegetables, pasta and sweets using plenty fresh fruits.

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