To the northeast of Tokyo, the open park spaces of Ueno are a luxury in the big city. It’s a popular spot to enjoy the spring cherry blossoms with a picnic and drinks with friends; bring a bento and enjoy Ueno’s hundreds of pink-petaled sakura trees lining the park’s wide walkways. Ueno Park is surrounded by major museum institutions like the Tokyo National Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, alongside the National Museum of Nature and Science. Inside Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo is famous for its kawaii pandas, and the iconic water feature sprinkling the air. After gallery hopping in Ueno and exploring the park, why not visit Ameya Yokocho (“Ameyoko” for short), located right next to Ueno Station. Ameyoko is one of the best markets in Tokyo with shops and stalls selling seafood and street food amongst all sorts of bargains like bags, sunglasses, and discount groceries. It’s a perfect place to grab a bite and a bargain after checking out the museums at Ueno Park.
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