While many visitors from different parts of the world are making their way to Japan to enjoy its sights and offerings, Japan is also making many preparations to entice both tourists and locals, especially with the upcoming 2020 Olympics. Many of you who are living here probably have already seen how much effort the country is exerting for this event held every four years.
Most people coming on a trip to Japan have their to-do lists filled up, but often times, these lists end up being changed for particular reasons such as time and budget, and not to mention the changes to places where you initially planned to go. But don’t worry as Japan offers a number of places to enjoy! And when in Tokyo, people wouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit Ueno especially if it doesn’t involve burning your wallet!
Located in Tokyo’s Taito Ward, Ueno is a district that is popularly known for Ueno Park. Ueno Park is a great place to visit whichever season of the year it may be thanks to the astounding sights it offers. Ueno is easily accessible since there are a number of train lines that pass through it, operated by both the JR East and Tokyo Metro.
Ueno Park alone is visited by millions of tourists every year making it the country’s most popular city park. But did you know that aside from this, there are also other places to enjoy in Ueno and Taito? If you’re looking for affordable food and goods, you’ve got Ameyokocho just in front of Ueno Station. It is a shopping district selling a variety of affordable items where you can grab some souvenirs, fresh food, and a whole lot more.
Other popular attractions that are visited include the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno Zoo, the Shitamachi Museum, the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden, and the University Art Museum Tokyo University of the Arts.
Most of these mentioned places in Ueno require a certain entrance fee and they will cost you a total of 4,770 yen. Regardless if you’re a tourist or not, one would naturally like to lessen the costs as much as possible to be able to enjoy other plans in line. So you might be wondering how one could be able to get to these places without having to dash out much. Now this is where the Ueno Welcome Passport comes in!
The Ueno Welcome Passport is the only thing you’ll be needing to fully explore the following places all for one price:
- Tokyo National Museum
- National Museum of Western Art
- National Museum of Nature and Science
- Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
- Ueno Zoo
- Shitamachi Museum
- Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden
- University Art Museum Tokyo University of the Arts
The Ueno Welcome Passport will give you a one-time access to each of these establishments. They can be purchased and will be valid for use from August 15th, 2016 until January 31st, 2017.
From the start of summer vacation to the passing of autumn, and with winter vacation and the New Year’s Holiday welcoming the year, those who want to enjoy their trip will surely be filled with joy with the cultured town, Ueno.
Again, the regular total fee for all these places sum up to 4,770 yen, but with the Ueno Welcome Passport, you would have to pay even less than half the regular fee as it is sold for only 2,000 yen already inclusive of tax!
Aside from getting to visit the mentioned sites, there will also be special exhibitions that you can check out during the validity period of the Ueno Welcome Passport at the following places:
1. Kodai Girisha – Jikuu o Koeta Tabi (古代ギリシャ-時空を超えた旅)
This exhibit happening from June 21 to September 19, 2016 at the Tokyo National Museum will display valuable masterpieces from the Ancient Greek times. It will be organized into 8 sections which will tackle eras and main topics wherein visitors can look into the different passages of time from the Minoan Civilization to the Archaic Period and even the ancient Olympics.
2. Seinaru Mono, Zokunaru Mono, Mekkenemu to Doitsu Shoki Doubanga (聖なるもの、俗なるもの メッケネムとドイツ初期銅版画)
This limited exhibit from July 9 to September 19, 2016 at the National Museum of Western Art will be showcasing the masterpieces of the German printmaker and goldsmith, Israhel van Meckenem including art prints and pictures.
3. Umi no Hanta-Ten (海のハンター展)
This exhibit happening from July 8 to October 2, 2016 at the National Museum of Nature and Science will be about the sea creatures or hunters of the sea with over 160 skeleton examples on site. Various sizes and shapes, hunting techniques and much more about these vicious hunters will also be introduced at the exhibit.
4. Gohho to Gogyan Ten (ゴッホとゴーギャン展)
This exhibit at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum will be the first ever in Japan to exhibit the works of both famed artists, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, at the same time for every visitor to appreciate. Approximately 60 of these works by both artists will be displayed in the exhibit and it is a great opportunity for tourists to Japan to check them out as well. It will be open to the public from October 8 to December 18, 2016.
Although I may not be a tourist, every time I go to Ueno, I make sure to drop by Ameyokocho to check some of the new items that are on display. If you’re new or it’s your first time visiting Japan, you should also try the fruits on a stick being sold for a few hundred yen. There are also some events happening around Ueno Park from time to time and if you’re lucky, you might just catch some of them!
There are so many ways to enjoy your trip to Japan and if Tokyo is your stop, make sure to drop by the lively district of Ueno. Don’t forget to purchase the Ueno Welcome Passport as well if you want a more in-depth visit to the sites around the area for less than the regular price!