Ueno Imperial Park and Shrine in Tokyo with a Toddler

Ueno Imperial Park and Shrine
Temples to Zoos, this Park has it all.

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As soon as we got out of the cab at Ueno Park the last thing on our minds was interesting things to see. We were starving! We decided to eat at the first place we saw which ended up being a Japanese restaurant on the 2nd floor above the subway stop. 
               
I was afraid of the quality considering the location but I was presently surprised and am now recommending it to my readers!
 The staff was more than happy to take our stroller and put it behind the front desk, they had ample high chairs, and kids meals were on the menu.
 
We planned on going to Ueno Park specifically to see the Shrine but we could have stayed there all day. There is a zoo, children's playground, National Science Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Culture Hall, and a huge pond, just to name a few. 

We stopped by the information desk at the entrance of the park, across from the subway stop, to grab a map and check to see what was open. The map was available in English and had all the restrooms labeled (they use the European abbreviation WC on the map). Our first stop was the Grand Fountain in front of the Tokyo National Museum. 
That might have had something to do with the fact that Starbucks is located next to it.... I'll never admit to it. ;) Between the fountain and the zoo is a children's playground with benches for tired moms and dads. 
Sam got to run around and make a few new friends before we headed over to the Shrine. 
At the entrance to the shrine on the left is a beautiful garden, Peony Garden. 
Sam was tired from her time at the park and quickly fell asleep with SCS Daddy in the Ergo. The stroller was nice to have to push all our things around, even if we end up wearing her to sleep. 
 
After the garden we continued our walk through the 200 stone lanterns to enjoy the shrine. 
 
After the shrine we started walking into the park. We ended up at the Shinobazu Pond next to Park. We were too early to catch the pink lotuses that fill the pond in the summer months.


 Along the way to the pond we stopped and enjoyed the Gojo Tenjinsha and Hanazono Inari Fox Shrines. The path leading to the shrines was amazing, there are red torii gates surrounding the path.

Address: Ueno Koen 9-88, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-3822-2455

SCS Fast Facts:
  • Stroller accessible.
  • Playground, zoo, and other children's activities inside.
  • Restrooms with baby changing areas throughout the park. 


 

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