Tokyo is a collection of many neighborhoods that all have their own history and atmosphere. Ueno is conveniently located as a base for exploring the city and has a range of accommodation, including hotels, hostels, and Japanese-style ryokan. Around Ueno Station and Ueno Park you have excellent museums, great shopping, and hundreds of restaurants and cafes.
Ueno is a very convenient place to stay if you are traveling in or out of Tokyo from Narita International Airport. The high speed Keisei Skyliner trains go directly to the airport in just about 40 minutes. To Haneda Airport it is about 50 minutes by train with one transfer at Hamamatsucho. The Tokyo Tourist Information Center Keisei Ueno is located at the Keisei Ueno Station.
Ueno Station is one of the main hubs for Tokyo and Japan travel. For side trips from Tokyo, you can take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Niigata or one of the Tohoku Shinkansen to Sendai, Akita, or Aomori directly from Ueno Station. All other Shinkansen leaving from Tokyo Station are only 8 minutes away on the JR Yamanote Line that connects many of Tokyo’s main city centers.
These are just some of the places to visit in Tokyo that are within easy reach from Ueno. Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is just 5 minutes away on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. And between Ueno and Asakusa is Kappabashi Street, the best place to buy tableware, kitchen utensils, and Japanese cooking knives. Akihabara, the place to shop for electronics and all things otaku, is just 3 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line. 4 minutes on the same line in the other direction, get off at Nippori Station to explore an old neighborhood that feels a world away from the neon lights, Yanaka. This area has many temples and shrines and its Yanaka Ginza shopping street is known for its nostalgic charm.
There are many places worth visiting in the Ueno area. Ueno Park, famous as a cherry blossom spot in the spring, is home to some of the best museums in Japan, including Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Museum of Western Art. Ueno Zoo, home to Tokyo’s panda bears is also located in Ueno Park. If you want to shop for Japanese souvenirs and foods, browse the many shops in the malls and department stores near Ueno Station and the Ameyoko Market, one of Tokyo’s most famous traditional local shopping streets. Most shops and department stores are located in the area between Ueno Station and Okachimachi Station, the next stop on the JR Yamanote Line. Among the shops there are also hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and Japanese-style izakaya bars.