Ueno Station, Tokyo 上野駅
Ueno Station is located in Taito-ku in the north of central Tokyo and is the main point of access for Ueno Park and its many attractions including Ueno Zoo, Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Western Art.
Ueno Station is the main access point for the abundant Ueno shopping in front of it.
Ueno Station is on the JR Yamanote Line and was the major terminal for trains to northern Japan (Tohoku).
Since the Shinkansen tracks were extended to Tokyo Station this role has largely been lost, but Ueno Station is smaller and more easily navigated than Tokyo Station if you are starting a journey north.
Ueno Station is a stop on the Akita Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, Tohoku Shinkansen, Nagano (Hokuriku) Shinkansen and Yamagata Shinkansen Lines as well as the Keihin-Tohoku Line to Omiya and Yokohama, the Takasaki Line to Takasaki in Gunma Prefecture, the Joban Line to Kashiwa and Mito, the Tohoku Main Line (Utsunomiya Line) to Urawa, Omiya and Kuroiso, the Ginza Subway Line, and Hibiya Subway Line both on the Tokyo metro.
At nearby Keisei-Ueno Station is the terminus of the Keisei Main Line to Narita Airport.
Panda Bridge is a walkway over the top of Ueno Station that joins the central part of Ueno with Ueno Park. The Iriya Exit of Ueno Station opens directly onto Panda Bridge, providing easy access, also, to the Atre shopping building.
Ueno Station has a number of shops, restaurants and cafes in the station concourse including an Irish pub at the Iriya Exit. There is also a Super Hotel at this exit.
Ueno Station was first built in 1883 and Japan's first subway line was constructed from Ueno Station to Asakusa in 1927.
The Ueno Station area retains its 'shitamachi' (old city) feel and is a good place to shop for clothes from the many street stalls and clothing stores in the area.
Hotels Near Ueno Station
The Ueno area is a good place to base yourself on any stay in Tokyo. Choose from a number of good value accommodations in Ueno including the Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno, the Sutton Place Hotel Ueno, the Hotel Sangetsu-so and the Ueno Hotel.
See here for a full listing of hotel accommodation in the Ueno Station area including five-star hotels to budget lodgings.