Visit to Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan – A historical park aglow with cherry blossoms

The fascinating Japan is an agreeable mix of traditional and futuristic. The local cuisine alone, which is in a league of its own, is a reason to visit. The advancements in air travel together with cheap flights to Japan means your next vacation could be just a few clicks on the keyboard away. Tokyo, the Japanese capital is also the country’s largest and busiest city. With more online travel agents like findmyfare dominating the internet, Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport are seeing more traffic than ever before.

Tokyo has many beautiful sights, among them is Ueno Park. The large public park was once property of the Kaneiji Temple. During the Edo Period, it served as the family temple of the ruling Tokugawa clan. It was also one of the most prominent temples in the area and its purpose was to protect the city from evil. Kaneiji Temple was almost completely destroyed in the Boshin Civil War and following the Ueno battle the temple grounds were turned into a Western style park, the very first of its kind. Ueno Park opened its doors to the public in 1873.

To visit the park, disembark at Ueno Station in central Tokyo. At the southern entrance you will see a statue of Saigo Takamori, a general who died in the battle. Shinobazu Pond, which represents Lake Biwako, is located at the southwestern end. At its center is an island with a temple that honours the goddess of Benten. Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Science Museum and Ueno Zoo are located inside Ueno Park. It is also home to over a thousand cherry blossom trees. The trees come to life with a vibrant pink glow during late March and early April.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.
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Edo Castle – Recalling the Days of the Shogun!

Steeped in history, Edo Castle is very much a part of Japan’s rich heritage and is definitely worth visiting when in the capital. While this famous site can be found in the Chiyoda area of the city, those heading to the capital should look to find centrally located Tokyo accommodation that lets you easily access the many attractions on offer. Somerset Azabu East Tokyo is one such serviced apartment Tokyo has to offer and is within easy reach of local subway stations giving you access to a host of places of interest. Make sure to head to Chiyoda where you will find Edo Castle which dates back to the mid 15th century. Used by shoguns, Edo Castle still has elements from its former grandeur including ramparts, moats, ancient walls and the main gate. As you walk around the castle grounds it is easy to get lost in thought and imagine what life would have been like in days of old. Here you will also find the Imperial Palace, the Kitanomaru-Koen Park and Higashi Gyoen Park offering a unique insight into the rich heritage of the nation.