Ueno Onshi is one of Tokyo’s great urban parks. For those looking for greenery in the world’s largest metro area, Ueno offers trees, srhubs, flowering plants, and a pond which attracts a surprising array of birds.
Ueno is more than just a green space. This well laid out park is home to five museums, a number of shrines and temples, a zoo, and a university. This is a place where you could spend several days experiencing all that is on offer.
I used Ueno as a place to chill, enjoy some nature, pray at its temples, and people watch. I found the area around the pond to be particularly relaxing. Ringing the pond was a walkway, where dozens of Japanese enjoyed late afternoon walks. Parts of the walkway were lined with a profusion of blooming flowers. Ducks and coots floated around in the pond, weaving their way through lotus plants.