The Ueno station is one of the biggest stations in Tokyo. Quite a lot of attractions surround it. I recall the first time I visited Ueno with friends. The exit we chose landed us directly to the busy Ameyoko market. Thinking there was nothing more, we left the place. When taking a stroll with Reza the other day, it just struck me that two years ago, my friends and I went to the wrong exit!
The Ueno Park exit led us to a much different sight than the market. It looked a bit posh. There were a lot of people, kids and adults headed toward a direction. Signboards pointed out Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Culture Hall, National Museum of Western Art and more were nearby.
Further from the station, it was quiet and peaceful. The Tokyo National Museum was closed at the time, but along the road, we were greeted by remarkable buildings along the way – from Tokyo University of Arts to a couple for shrines. We walked and reached a beautiful park — the Ueno Koen or park, the largest in the city.
Back to the station for a quick brunch. Was spoiled by choices. Cafes likes the one above are sprawled across the city. Shared a salmon sandwich and cafe latte (two thirds of it and no hot cocoa, unfortunately). Anybody who loves salmon should get a piece from this cafe. It’s located just in front of the park exit.
Then we walked to the other side of the exit. To the one that I’ve been to. We’re supposed to take the Ginza line to Asakusa at the time (a few minutes walk from the Ueno station) and passed by Ameyoko market again.
The boys postponed lunch and we were still hungry. Decided on another round of brunch at the station – this time, chocolate croissants (again!). The hot cocoa’s pretty good, too. If you spot Vie de France anywhere, don’t forget to try them.
As we got on the train to Asakusa, the walk around Ueno ends.