With so much ahead to discover in Tokyo, it's not easy to choose where to start!
On my previous holiday trips I felt the need to choose very well each place I was visiting and everything I was doing. After all, during my previous holidays in Japan my days were always limited. But this time it is different. Now I am able to discover the country at a slower pace.
Maybe it's a good idea to start with a relaxing walk through Ueno Park. The first time I came to Japan in 2013, I visited this park and enjoyed it a lot, so I thought it might be a good place to visit during the end-of-year holidays.
With more than 10 million visitors every year, Ueno Park is the most visited park in Japan. However, during 2020, due to COVID-19, this park is not as busy as usual.
The Kiyomizu Kannondō Temple (清水観音堂) is very old. It was built in the 17th century. Apart from this Buddhist shrine, there are several more temples that you can also visit within Ueno Park. Temples inside the park makes this place more special, right?
During the months of November and December, most of the trees dye their leaves red, yellow and ochre. This beautiful nature show is called momiji (紅葉) and you should not miss it if you visit Japan during the fall.
This is the “Toki Wasureji no Tou” statue (時忘時の塔), in memory of the victims of the bombings in Tokyo during World War II, from the end of 1944 to August 1945, when Japan surrended.
Passing in front of the Hanazono Inari Shinto shrine (花園稲荷).
Trees have incredible colors at this time of year!
In Ueno Park there is also a zoo. I haven't visited it yet, but I hope I will be able to do it soon!
Telephone booths can still be found in some parts of Tokyo. I don't know how many more years they have left before they definitely disappear, but I think that will happen soon.
Prince Komatsu Akihito (1846-1903) statue, recognized as one of the best in the military field at that time.
In the background you can see the Tokyo National Museum, which I would also like to visit soon.
The small building on the right belongs to the park police.
Interesting to see that it is explicitly forbidden to use drones in this park. If I had a drone, I would love to use it here 😅
I still have a lot to discover in this park. But I will need to go step by step!
Queue of customers at Starbucks Coffee practicing social distance due to COVID-19.
Behind the trees there is a baseball field, the most followed sport in Japan.
Time to say goodbye for today! Here is the beautiful sunset from Ueno Park in Tokyo.
See you soon!