Ueno is one of Tokyo’s largest quarters, located to the north-east of the city center, in the Taito district.
It is also one of the city’s central hubs, as it is served by major railroad lines. If you have a JR Pass, and even if you don’t, chances are that, when you are headed north out of Tokyo, to Nikko for example where Narita airport is located, the train will take you through Ueno.
Because of this, this quarter is often considered as an important shitamachi zone (“the sub-city”), the most working class and probably the least clean part of Tokyo. You can see many homeless people there, a sharp contrast to most other parts of the city.
There are many interesting shows to see in Ueno, generally organized in and around the large park located within a short distance of the train station. The quarter is home to many different environments and you may experience various contrasting and fascinating atmospheres within a few meters of each other.
How to get to Ueno
- by train (JR): Yamanote, Akagi, Hitachi, Joban, Keikin Tohoku Takasaki, Utsunomiya lines
- by train (Keisei): Skyliner to and from Narita Airport
- by JR Shinkansen train
- by subway (Tokyo Metro): Ginza and Hibiya lines, stations G16 or H17
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 281)