Ueno Superguide

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Name: Ueno

Kind: Town

Location: 35°42’31.43″ N 139°46’26.95″ E

Free WiFi: Yes

Currency Exchange: Yes

Worth it? Do not miss it.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Last updated 9/12/2020

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Ueno (pronounced “Uh-way-no”) is a small town in northeastern Tokyo to the northeast of Tokyo Station, and just south of Nippori.

It features a famous backstreet shopping area called Ameyokocho, and is the first transit point to Narita Airport on the Keisei Skyliner. Skyliner also stops at Nippori to the north.

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Skyliner stop @ Narita.

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Entrance to the Skyliner station in Ueno, across the street from the APA Hotel.

The town is also famous for its huge Ueno Park and zoo, which has dozens of museums, and Shinobazu Pond – which features prominently in many works of ancient Japanese literature. There are nice gardens and a temple near the pond, and a walking path circling it.

The city area itself is rather small, but interesting and is a short 2 mile walk north of Akihabara just to the south. There are 2 major department store complexes to the southwest of the station – Matsuzakaya and PARCO. Just behind those and a little further to the south is JR Okachimachi Station. Between these two points there are all kinds of backstreets with endless shopping + restaurants.

Ueno has a bit of an older shitamachi (“old downtown”) feel to it, but is still well worth a look.

Ueno Station

JR Ueno Station is one of the earliest JR stations built in Japan. It was built in 1883 and rebuilt in 1938 just after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1932. You can still see its early 1930’s architecture in the station’s exterior and in the steel beams inside in its roof. A few years earlier what is now Tokyo Station was built along with Shimbashi Station further to the south. Ueno Station is a major transit hub on the JR Yamanote Line – the main central line that rings Tokyo. On the JR Yamanote Line you can shoot south to Akihabara in 2 stops, Tokyo Station 2 stops south of that, and Ginza 2 stops south of that at Yurakucho Station.

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Ueno Station looking east.

Across from Ueno Station looking north. The APA Hotel is just behind the overpass on the left. The entrance to Ameyokocho is just past the overpass on the left on the sidewalk. The station is just to the right, out of frame.

Looking south from the south exit of Ueno Station. Ameyokocho is just off to the right out of view past the train tracks overhead.

Ueno Station is also a key interchange point for the Metro Ginza Line, which is one of the key subway lines in Tokyo. Although there is a Yurakucho Line which also stops at Yurakucho, most travellers to Ginza take the JR line or Ginza Line to Yurakucho station, which is just west of Ginza. There is also another JR Line called Ueno-Tokyo Line which heads south to Shinagawa and Yokohama. The Kehin-Tohoku Line will shoot you north to Itabashi and Ochai. Most of the other main JR lines also interchange at Ueno Station.

The Ginza Line is critical because it can shoot you to its eastern terminus, Asakusa, to the central gov’t at Akasaka-mitsuke, and all the way to the west side of the city at Shibuya, its western terminus.

Ueno Station is a little unusal in that it is a bit sprawling. The main central building is just to the east of the city center, but via a network of pedestrian walkways and overpasses, it has 5 main entrances, and several smaller street-level exits around the town’s main center.

Tokyo Drew covered the area in a video (see the bottom of this page), in which the walkways, and Ameyokocho are visible.

Apart from the original main building, there are also long ramps and walkways spreading out on 5 different sides like an octopus. There are also large banks of coin lockers throughout the station as well as a small shopping arcade called atré shown below:

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There is also a brand new NewDays conbini (shown right here) built in 2019 just outside the main gate on the Grand Concourse.

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Entrance to the atré shopping center inside the station.

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JR Line connections @ Ueno Station

Tourist info offices in the station

Travel Service Center close to the Central Ticket Gate on the main level (Grand Concourse), The JR East Information Center right next to it. You can also pick up a Japan Rail Pass you ordered previously here, Information Desk just inside Park Gate on the 3rd floor, and Gurunavi Tourist Information Office just inside the Asakusa Entrance on the 1st floor. Many of them have English-speaking staff.

There is also a lost and found on the 2nd floor inside the Higashi-Ueno Entrance in a long hallway. It’s a little hard to find but is clearly marked.

There is also a currency exchange on the 2nd floor, but you might want to use an exchange office in Tokyo or Akihabara which will give you a much better rate. In general exchange offices inside transport areas are not as good a value as those in the city itself.

Food

There are 2 main shopping areas inside then station: atré and Ecute. Ecute is near the Higashi-Ueno entrance. atré is near the main level. There are also a lot of good smaller restaurants on the outside of the Yamashita Entrance on the west side of the station. There are also some on the 2nd floor of the station. As shown above, there are also a variety of conbini scattered around the station with good quick conbini food in them. You can get a sandwhich and drink for a few dollars.

Lockers

There are several paid lockers in the station. The largest is in a large room just inside the Asakusa Exit. These lockers also accept Suica and other electronic IC cards. But be aware that it has a large steel door and closes after the last train runs so if you miss the closing time, your belongings will be stuck in the station overnight. There are also more lockers scattered around the station. There are also banks of lockers inside Skyliner Station.

But a better locker deal are some of the hidden lockers around Ueno itself. There is a large bank of them in a covered arcade around Ameyokocho‘s backstreets. There is also a very nice bank of ¥200 coin lockers hidden away on a side street just south of Ueno Park. These are far cheaper options and are perfectly safe. Plus since they are outside you can access your belongings 24/7. See our article on Hidden Ueno Coin Locker Hacks. uenostation.com also has a good article on lockers in Ueno.

Renovations

In 2019 the lower floor was renovated for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, so that floor is all brand new and easy to navigate:

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Renovated lower floor of Ueno Station. Note the purple color-coded line on the wall on the left. These indicators in renovated stations lead to Metro subway lines, which have the same color. In this case (purple), the Hanzomon Line.

The station can be confusing at first because of its sprawl – and it is large enough that you could easily spend a whole day inside and around it exploring. The various exits allow you to get to different sides of the town quickly. The main part of the town is to the west, but there is another older area to the east as well.

The Panda entrance to the station has a huge vast open elevated walkway where people collect at night. The escaltor down to the Ginza Line subway is also here. You may have to walk a bit.

There is an excellent site with detailed maps + layouts of the station at uenostation.com

Note that the Skyliner Station mentioned above is not in the main station building – it’s across the street in a smaller underground station to the northwest just across from the pond. There is also a baggage service in the Skyliner Station.

There is also a private luggage storage service @ Studio Passella just to the south of Ueno Park on the west side of the street @ 35°42’38.26″ N 139°46’23.29″ E. Costs are $10/day per bag.

Town Layout

The town is laid out around the station, shown in the upper right center in this aerial view. To the southwest of the station is the main street with a Yodobashii Camera, the PARCO shopping complex and all kinds of shops and restaurants. At the start of this street from the station (to the west) is a small triangular concrete park. This is where the Skyliner Station is. Ueno Park is just to the north, shown on the center left (west) in this photo. Shinobazu Pond is to the south west, shown in the lower left corner of the photo.

Back behind the pond is the University of Tokyo Medical Center. At the southeast corner of the station is a huge network of pedestrian walkways. If you head east from these down Rt. 463 (Asakusa Dori), you’ll eventually come to the Sumida River, and after crossing it, to Sky Tree. Ameyokocho is the area at the bottom right of the photo to the right of the tracks. It’s squeezed in behind Yodobashi Camera. Ueno Park is sort of up on a raised hill so one way or the other you’ll need to climb stairs to get to it from the south. The park is huge and you can easily spend one full day or two in it alone. Note the walkways around and through the pond. There are also small boats you can use to paddle out onto the lake.

Overhead of town layout – the station is center bottom, park is center right above it, Shinobazu Pond is at the top, Marui and Yodobashii Camera is to the left of the station. Further to the left, out of view is the large PARCO depato store complex. Ameyokocho is just above the tracks on the left behind the long grey bldg.

Ueno Park area with various museums and attractions.

Facing southwest – Ueno is to the left and Okachimachi Station is the long white area, center left. The Parco/Matsuzakaya complex is the tall bldg. center right. One more stop south (to the right) on the JR line is Akihabara Station, and beyond that, Tokyo.

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Walkway system to the south of Ueno Station which is just to the left. Rt. 463 is off to the right.

To the south of the pond is an area known as Inakacho – you can enter it down a side street right across the street from the Yodobashii Annex building.

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Small concrete park just west of Ueno Station and south of Ueno Park. Yodobashii Camera Annex is the small grey bldg. on the left, the large PARCO complex is the tall bldg. in the distance. Inakacho is a few blocks down on the right. To the immediate right (west) behind 1 side street is Shinobazu Pond.

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Main street in Ueno. Yodobashii Camera Annex bldg. is the small grey building straight ahead. Ueno Station and Ueno Park/Shinobazu Pond are to the left. PARCO is to the right (see below).

Attractions + Fun

Just across from the station to the west is a huge Marui (OIOI) dept. store, which also has a Metro entrance/exit in its basement along with shops + food. On the 2nd floor of Marui here is the great Leis’s Coffee + Hawaiian Pancake house. There are plenty of other shops around.

There is also a Seria dollar store (a must-see) and a Ueno Tourist Info store on the 2nd floor.

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Marui dept. store across from Ueno Station to the southeast. Note the overhead walkways.

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Marui dept. and Leis’ Coffee + Hawaiian Pancake House

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Metro entrance on the corner of Marui dept. building.

North of this, just after the overhead tracks is the entrance to Ameyokocho, Ueno’s famous shopping district. Here you’ll find endless food vendors, clothing, luggage, shoes, – just about anything else you might want to buy. There are also game arcades, izakaya (bars), coffee shops, and a variety of other shops. You can stroll around here for hours and not see it all.

Just past the northeast entrance to Ameyokocho facing southeast. The street splits here. If you take the left path ahead you will come out at Okachimachi Station. Just to the left in this photo is the famous Daiwa shoe store.

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Ameyokocho in the gathering dark – facing southwest.

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Ameyokocho entrance is to the right. Ueno Station is to the left. This is facing south. Tracks are overhead. Just ahead around the corner is a great hidden luggage shop with some good deals (see next photo).

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Just around the corner from the Pronto, under the tracks, is a great luggage shop with some inexpensive bargains – shown across the street here with the red + white sign. It’s a little hidden shop so keep your eyes peeled for it.

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Eating on the backstreets……. there are endless food options in Ueno.

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You can wander Ueno’s back-alley shopping for hours.

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A Doutour café on the backstreets behind Ameyokocho.

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There is even a famous Marion Crépes tucked away in the side streets. This chain was originally opened in 1976 in Harajuku on the west side of the city.

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Taito game station.

Ueno 3153

If you exit Ueno Station at the west exit, and immediately turn north (right) up the sidewalk, you’ll come to Ueno 3153 – Ueno’s newest multi-use complex. There are lots of restaurants + shops here. On the roof there is also a sitting terrace with a great view of Tokyo Sky Tree, which happens to be just 5 miles to the east. You can also get direct access to Ueno Park from the sitting area. From the sitting area, head south down some steps and you are back at the Skyliner Station. We’ll talk more about Ueno Park below.

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Head north from Ueno Station’s west exit to reach Ueno 3153 to the north. The Skyliner Station is just visible on the left across the street underneath the red crosswalk signal.

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Ueno 3153 at night. The bottom floor to the left contains convenience stores and a few restaurants. The main entrance is to the right. Definitely worth a look.

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Food menus on the outside of Ueno 3153.

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The sitting area on the roof of Ueno 3153 with a view of Sky Tree to the east.

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Access to Ueno Park is just up behind the 3153 sitting area. Stairs down to Skyliner Station are on the left. Most of the park is to the right. This is facing west.

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Ueno Onshi Park Fountain Square, in the fall. Just to the right (north) are several huge and interesting museums.

Matsuzakaya, PARCO, and Okachimachi Station

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Matsuzakaya, left, and PARCO, right are connected and are at the southwest end of the station. One of the best food/gift basements in Tokyo is in the basement of Matsuzakaya. There is also a really good Seiko watch store on the 7th floor, and restaurants on the top floor. PARCO has a movie theater. Just behind these buildings is Okachimachi Station and its famous Panda Square.

Matsuzakaya, PARCO, and Okachimachi Station are all right next to each other and southwest of the station. To get here exit the station and walk north, cross at the Ueno 3153 building and walk west. Loop around south on the sidewalk heading south, then cross back east on the same street to the other side. About .5 miles down you’ll come to Matsuzakaya – hands down one of the best dept. stores in Tokyo. Its food/gift basement is superb. It has 7 floors of shops + restaurants on the top floor. This page has some shop details. Just to the east of these buildings is Okachimachi Station. This is a favorite hangout of young locals at night. You can reach it by heading east between the two buildings. The area around Okachimachi Station is Ueno’s jewelry district. This area and Ueno are really one and the same. From the station, to the north back towards Ueno are all kinds of backstreets filled with shops + restaurants. There is also a Ueno-Okachimachi Station on the Toei Subway line in the area. Well worth a look.

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Slip between the PARCO and Matsuzakaya buildings to the east and you’ll find Okachimachi Station. The area is fantastically well-lit at night. Just to the left under the overhead walkways is the entrance to the Matsuzakaya food-gift basement – a must-see. There is also a Café Velocé just to the south of the PARCO bldg. on the same street.

Matsuzakaya food-gift basement, left.

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Okachimachi Station, 1 stop south of Ueno on JR

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Okachimachi Station

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Ueno-Okachimachi Station, on the Toei Subway line

West + Don Quijote

If instead of turning left at the PARCO building to get to Okachimachi Station, you turn right across the street here and head west:

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You will come to Ueno’s Don Quijote discount store. You can also turn back north from Don Quijote down side streets if you wish to get to Shinobazu Pond which we discuss below.

Also on this street is Yushima Station on the Chiyoda Metro Line, lots of restaurants, shops, and other hotels. There’s a giant multi-floor karaoke tower on this street.

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Yushima Station

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Shinobazu Pond

Shinobazu Pond is just to the west of the Skyliner Station. As we mentioned, it’s an ancient pond featured in classical Japanese literature. There are even paintings from the 1600’s and 1700’s depicting it. In feudal times it was a northern sentry post used to protect the imperial palace.

Today it has a nice walk around it, small boats you can take out and paddle on the lake, and a shrine in the middle.

It’s well worth a stop. To get there from Ueno Station, head west, and slip down the small alley to the left of the 7-11 across the street from Yodobashii Camera Annex. Or from Ueno Park head down the long staircase and across the street to the west.

Just before the pond is also the entrance to Ueno Zoo on the north.

Also be sure to check out Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens at the southwest corner of the pond across the street.

As a footnote, if you travel west on Rt. 453/254 (Kasuga Dori) from 35°42’30.32″ N 139°46’11.94″ E, at the southeast corner of the Gardens, in under 1.5 mi, you will arrive at the Bunkyo City Hall 1 block north of the Tokyo Dome area, just south of Itabashii – an easy and quick way to get across town. Bunkyo City Hall also just happens to have one of the best free observatories in Japan. Well worth a trip. Tokyo Dome and Ueno are actually quite close to each other. That makes them both ideal to stay at and pop over to the other for maximum Tokyo enjoyment.

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The massive stairs leading down from Ueno Park to Shinobazu Pond across the street to the east. The temple is the green-roofed bldg. right in the center. Entrance to Ueno Zoo is just to the right.

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Shinobazu Pond in autumn.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a massive free park just north of the Skyliner Station. You can enter from stairs to the south or west, or from the roof of Ueno 3153, or from the north. There are dozens of museums, temples, shrines, and other attractions in the park. Fall is the best time, but the park is popular in the summer due to nice weather – and is often a spot for summer concerts + festivals + hanami (cherry blossom viewing). This area is a must-see in Ueno. Plan to spend a few days to see everything as there is a lot to do here.

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Ueno Park, in the fall.

Rt. 463

If you cross from Ueno Station and head east instead of west, you’ll come to Rt. 463 (Asakusa Dori) just next to the Mitsui Garden Hotel. If you head east up this street you’ll find all kinds of shops, a large temple, and a huge kitchen-related area several miles down. If you go far enough, as we mentioned, you’ll come to Asakusa, and if you cross the Sumida River, eventually Sky Tree. There is also a Kinko’s + Family Mart on this corner if you need one. Be forewarned however, for some strange reason all Kinko’s in Japan require you to give them a photocopy of your passport – even if all you want to do is make copies. On Rt. 463 on the right a few blocks down, there is even a 150-year old Japanese stationary store.

There are also several free + paid bike lockers at the entrance to Rt. 463 on the east side as you approach from the station.

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Rt. 463 heading east. You can see Sky Tree in the center in the distance. Sumida River is straight ahead before Sky Tree a few miles down.

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Bike parking area just east of the south exit of Ueno Station.

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On the left side of the street there is also a large 2-story Doutor Café which has good, inexpensive food.

If you continue far enough east on Rt. 463, you will also come across Inaricho Station on the Ginza Line (G17). You can drop down from the street into the station here to get quickly to Ginza, Suehirocho Station at Akihabara, Tokyo Station, or Shibuya on the west side of the city. The station is located at 35°42’42.81″ N 139°46’55.05″ E. The station’s platform has completed renovations for the 2020 Summer Games and is quite nice.

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Inaricho Station on the Ginza Line (G17)

Kappabashi Kitchentown

Just to the south of that is a very weird area known as Kappabashi
Kitchentown
. This areas sells nearly all of the gear + equipment used in all the restaurants in Tokyo. It’s not a consumer outlet area – although there are some stores there for that – it’s an area with wholesale shops that sell to restaurants. Worth a stroll, but very strange.

Ueno Sakuragi Atari

To the northwest of the Ueno Station and the park, at 35°43’21.24″ N 139°46’16.07″ E, in a tiny one block area is Ueno Sakuragi Atari – a small block of traditional Japanese houses converted into crafts shops. Well worth a .5 mile hike north of the station. See GoTokyo’s Guide. Head north on Rt. 452 from the station for about 3 blocks. Of interesting note is Yanaka Cemetary Park just to the north. This is a vast cemetary. As a footnote, if you head west on Rt. 452 far enough, eventually you’ll come to Old Hakusan-Dori, which if you follow north, will take you to Itabashii and Akabane.

Yanesen

To the northwest of the cemetery is an older neighborhood which has been recently renovated and is now upscale + trendy – Yanesen – located at 35°43’39.92″ N 139°45’55.03″ E. This area is well worth a walk.

Hotels + Hostels

There are many good hotels in Ueno, but by far the best is APA Hotel just behind the Skyliner Station. This side street also leads to Shinobazu Pond, and if you’re willing to climb a huge staircase, Ueno Park. APA is a massive hotel chain which has 100’s of hotels all over Japan – most of them good. APA Ueno is reasonable at around $75/night – borderline luxury. The best value in the town – not too expensive, not too downscale. You can’t come close to a hotel like this in the west at this price. We highly recommend it. In fact, there are two APA hotels in Ueno – the other one is just northeast of the station.

APA Hotel across from Skyliner Station

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Inside APA Hotel across from Skyliner Station

Tucked back on a side street at about 35°42’36.52″ N 139°46’41.54″ E 3 blocks southwest of the station is the very nice Nohga Hotel. This is a very nice clean upscale hotel that doesn’t disappoint. A little pricey at around $150-$200 a night, but well worth it if your budget allows. It has excellent clean rooms, a 1st floor lounge with refrigerators, and a huge outdoor patio and separate indoor reading room. Very nice.

There is also the Mitsui Garden Hotel mentioned above, just across from the station but it’s a little steep at around $135/night. However, it is very good. You can save some $ by staying in a more expensive hotel for a few nights, then jump to APA above, and finally to a hostel. That way you get some luxury without breaking the bank and save $ on the trip overall. Or you can just go for one mid-range hotel such as APA for the duration of your stay.

Another option just outside the east exit of the station is Hotel New Ueno. This small hotel is tucked down a side street but is extremely convenient.

For a slightly more traditional hotel experience, check out Ueno First City Hotel a few blocks south of the pond.

There is also simply Ueno Hotel – which has spectacular views of Sky Tree.

There are also a lot of hotels on the street that runs east to west on the south side of Shinobazu Pond. See our other article here.

One of the best-kept hostel secrets in Tokyo is And Hostel. There is one in Ueno, Sumida (a few miles to the east) – and one in Akihabara. All are excellent, low-priced at around $38-$45/night, and all of them offer large ground-floor lounges + a kitchen. Bathrooms are generally very clean as well. However, be aware the Ueno And Hostel, unlike the other two, don’t offer private capsules – they offer only an open dorm with bunkbeds, as well as private rooms, which are around $80/night – more expensive than other full-scale hotels in the area.

And Hostel Ueno – to the northeast of the station

There is also Hiromas Hostel just a few blocks northwest of And Hostel. It’s incredibly cheap @ $23/night and has a huge 1st floor lounge with benches and tables.

Another good hostel option is Uno Ueno.

Coin Lockers

There are a variety of coin lockers in and around Ueno, some at the station, but better, cheaper, and usually empty ones scattered throughout the town. See our article on Ueno secret coin locker hacks. Coin lockers can come in handy when you need to move across town, want to drop your stuff when you go shopping or get on a train for a short trip, or even on the day before your international departure and you need to move multiple pieces of luggage which might be too much to carry in one trip.

Ueno to Akihabara – A short walk

If you head south on Ueno’s main street past the PARCO complex, and walk 2 miles or so, you’ll come right into Akihabara. The two towns are surprisingly close to each other and an easy walk. There’s a great bike shop along the way on the left side of the street:

Walking south to Akihabara from Ueno.

Book Road Winery in Okachimachi

If you walk from the east side of Ueno Station south on Showa Dori/Rt. 4 for about .5 miles and then turn east (left) you will find Book Road Winery (whose motto incidentally is “Wine for Happy”). It’s actually in Okachimachi at 35°42’18.23″ N 139°46’38.28″ E. It’s just 2 blocks off Rt. 4 to the east.

Well, that’s about it. Enjoy your trip to Ueno and don’t be afraid to venture beyond the tourist areas for unexpected discoveries.

A few more photos around Ueno

Backstreet.

Facing south. Caffe Velocé is on the left. If you walk far enough south here, you’ll arrive in Akihabara.

A giant Taito Game Station on the backstreets.

Just after the Ameyokocho entrance there’s a very large coffee shop on the left.

A HUB British Pub on the backstreets – foreigner friendly.

A side street on the west side of the main street just south of Ueno Park. Well worth a look. Lots of restaurants and shops down here.

Clockwise left to right: Street Metro station entrance, flower shop, in front of Yodobashii Camera, Coffee shop in Ameyokocho, temple in Ueno Park, side street vending machine, restaurant on Ameyokocho side street. Center: under the JR tracks @ Okachimachi Station.

Currency Exchange

There are a few good currency exchanges scattered around Ueno – you’ll have to canvas the backstreets around Ameyokocho to find them. There is one on the main street in Ameyokocho. There is also this one hidden in one of the covered side alleys around the area:

You will need to provide name, phone #, and passport to exchange money. These are usually a much better deal than the ones at the airport – so exchange a little bit of money at the airport, then hit one of these, or similar ones in Akihabara or Shibuya to exchange more.

Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy Ueno – plan on spending 2 days or so to see everything.

LINKS

https://www.uenostation.com/ueno-station-map-finding-your-way/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ueno_Station

Ginza Metro Line Official

https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/kanto/tokyo/ueno-and-akihabara/

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/travel-directory/result/index/keyword/Ueno

https://matcha-jp.com/en/1084

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinobazu_Pond

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ueno%E2%80%93Tokyo_Line

https://dmdepart.jp.e.md.hp.transer.com/flnews/e/

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/230/index.html

https://www.tokyocreative.com/sights/7063-ueno-marui

https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-ueno/spot-lj0011916/

https://www.tokyodrew.com/ueno-tokyo-ameyokocho-open-air-street-market/

https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/kanto/tokyo/ueno-and-akihabara/

https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-ueno/article-a0003206/

Ueno Station Hotels

https://luxuryhotel.guru/tokyo_ueno/

https://www.agoda.com/mitsui-garden-hotel-ueno/hotel/tokyo-jp.html

https://nohgahotel.com/en/ueno/

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/1631/index.html

https://www.booking.com/hotel/jp/ueno-hotel.en-gb.html

Hidden Ueno Side Street

Ueno Guide @ The Best Japan

A snack superstore that specializes in cool local snacks from different prefectures of Japan

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/1674/index.html

Guide to Tokyo’s Old Quarter: 7 Quaint Spots in Yanesen!

https://www.agoda.com/uno-ueno/hotel/tokyo-jp.html?checkin=2020-05-05&los=14&adults=1&rooms=1&searchrequestid=e1ff78ce-cb12-4a0d-97c9-6dd49349753f&travellerType=0&tspTypes=3,16,7

https://andhostel.jp/ueno/english/

https://ueno-bunka.jp/en/facilities/kahaku/

https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-ueno/article-a0001894/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1066461-d4664607-Reviews-Cafe_Asan-Taito_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1066443-d12987949-Reviews-Burger_Milkshake_Crane-Chiyoda_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

https://www.doutor.co.jp/

3 Satisfying Kebab Shops in Ueno

5 Best Sushi Train Restaurants in Ueno

Cafe Asan

https://www.yelp.com/biz/%E3%83%89%E3%83%B3-%E3%82%AD%E3%83%9B%E3%83%BC%E3%83%86-%E4%B8%8A%E9%87%8E%E5%BA%97-%E6%96%87%E4%BA%AC%E5%8C%BA

https://whenin.tokyo/Kappabashi-Kitchentown-Area-Guide

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Narita Airport + Narita City Superguide

Name: Narita City

Kind: Town

Location: 35°46’35.97″ N 140°19’07.47″ E

Station: JR Narita or Keisei Narita Sta.

Updated 7/26/2020!

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If you’re flying to Nartia Airport in Japan, you may want to consider staying over a few nights in Narita City just southwest of the airport.

Take the Keisei Line from the airport to Narita Station and get off.

There are 2 different lines + stations in Narita – the Keisei Line + the JR lines at the JR station. Both stations are within a few blocks of each other near the town square. Don’t get these confused with the stations at the airport. Narita City is actually a few miles southwest of the airport.

Skyliner Info Desk @ Narita International.

There are many good hotels in Narita City but we recommend APA Narita Ekimae – it’s 1 block from the station, very clean, quiet, and reasonably priced at around $65/night. You’ll see the word Ekimae at many hotels in Japan. It means “At the station”.

Just north of the airport is also the Narita View Hotel at around $50-60/night. Well worth the money and closer to the airport. Just keep in mind this option is outside the town of Narita itself so you’ll have to take the train into town to sightsee.

If you take the Skyliner to/from the airport to Keisei Ueno station, there’s a very good luggage forwarding service at that station which will forward your bags the next day for $9/bag. This works in both directions – to/from the airport to your hotel.

Narita City itself is a charming old small town with lots to do.

There are stations for both JR trains and Keisei lines in the same block in the town square.

Step off the train from the aiport onto a local street and you’re instanly in small town Japan.

Unless you’re flying in from Asia, it’s likely your flight was long. You can rest in Narita City overnight, before heading back to the airport to catch the NE’X or Skyliner into Tokyo.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, walk one mile from Narita City’s center on backstreets to get to a large AEON shopping mall. There is also a street called Narita Omotesando on the way lined with lots of traditional shops + restaurants.

Just to the left of the JR Narita Station in the city square is the Narita City Tourist Information Office. There’s actually a lot to do in Narita City – including a nice museum. Also be sure to check out the impressive Narita City Hall.

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View of business district in Narita City. The edge of the city hall is the sloped green-roofed bldg. on the left center in this photo. You can also walk a few miles down the main street shown above to the south and back for some nice exercise.

Looking back north along the same street. The APA hotel is on the left.

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Entering Narita City Square from the south. Turn right here for Narita Omotosando. The JR Narita Station is out of frame to the left.

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Narita City Square. APA Hotel is the small white bldg. in the distance to the left of the tall brown bldg. on the right.

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JR Narita Station, right. The Narita Tourism Office is just to the left in the same building. Turn right at this light and go north here to get to the main shopping area. In the 3-story bldg. on the left there is a very nice and large Family Mart.

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Keisei Narita Station – take the Keisei Skyliner out of Narita International Airport and get off here. This is just across from the town square.

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Narita City Hall

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There’s a huge map of Narita City just next to the city hall.

Just to the northeast of Narita City Hall under the elevated Keisei tracks is Kuriyama Neighborhood Park – a very nice verdant park with benches and lots of room for kids to play. There’s also an old steam locomotive here. Well worth a look. It’s around 35°46’42.67″ N 140°19’08.71″ E

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Most hotels in Narita City are conveniently located. Easy to use convenience stores (conbini) and parking abound.

Eat like a king cheap out of conbini (convenience stores). A lot of the food is quite healthy such as cheap pre-made salads, lemon tea, and vegetable drinks. This entire meal only cost around 600¥ (about $6).

Wandering Around

You can actaully have a great time in Narita City just walking around. Pick a street and just start walking to see what you’ll discover. If you’re up for getting a Japanese Driver’s License, you can even buy a brand new Honda scooter at local dealers for as little as $900, like the one shown below.
The real attraction in Narita is the long shopping street just to the north of the town square. Nippon Wandering TV covered this street in the video shown at the end of this post. To get there go west from either station, into the city square, then turn right (north) immediately. There are all kinds of nice little shops along this street which are well worth a stroll.

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Wander around.

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Narita is full of simple + charming small homes such as this one. Note the typhoon shutters on the left side.

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Narita City has plenty of old-school charm to keep you occupied – well worth a few days exploring.

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Epic train tracks heading back to Narita International. Narita City Hall is just across the street to the right, out of frame.

More Narita International Resources

Narita to Tokyo: Late-Night Transfer Options
https://tokyocheapo.com/travel/narita-to-tokyo-late-night-transfer/

While trains are one of the easiest ways of getting from Narita during the day, they aren’t really an option late at night. The N’EX is $36, last leaves Terminal 1 at 9:44pm depositing you at Tokyo Station just under 60 min, and Ikebukuro at 11:09pm (which should give you enough time to transfer to a connecting train for you area, if it isn’t one of those).

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_round.html

N’EX Round Trip can be purchased from JR EAST Service Centers + JR Ticket Offices at Narita Terminals 1, 2·3. Purchase is not available outside Japan, we recommend buying the ticket immediately on arrival.

Note several JR Service Centers also offer hotel reservations + luggage services.
https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/customer_support/service_center_tokyo.html

Adults $60-$70. Tickets are valid 14 days. Trains operate every 30 mins + take about an hour from Narita to Tokyo station. Use Ordinary Car reserved seats on Narita Express. A one-way ticket is valid for use on one limited express.

Station Office Office Hours
Narita Airport Terminal 1 JR EAST Travel Service Center All Days 8:15-19:00

JR Ticket Office All Days 6:30-8:15, 19:00-21:45

Narita Terminal 1 Travel Center All Days 9:00-20:00
Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 JR EAST Travel Service Center All Days 8:15-20:00

JR Ticket Office All Days 6:30-8:15, 20:00-21:45
  • Tokyo Station
  • Shinjuku Station
  • Shibuya Station
  • Ikebukuro Station
  • Ueno Station
  • Hamamatsucho Station
  • Narita Airport
  • Haneda Airport
  • Sendai Station
  • Shinkansen and limited express ticket sales
  • Suica sales
  • Various other tickets

Currency exchange window/Foreign currency exchange ATMs
http://www.travelex.co.jp/JP/For-Individuals/Products-and-Services/Products-and-Services-for-Individuals/

7 Bank
https://www.sevenbank.co.jp/intlcard/index2.html

Footnote: T-CAT As a Cheap Return Alternative

Here’s a cheap travel hack for the return trip to Narita when you’re ready to leave Japan: Use the Tokyo City Air Terminal (aka T-CAT) bus service. This little known bus service is way out on the east side of Tokyo right in the Metro Hanzomon Line’s Suitengumae (pronounced Sweet-ten-goo-may) Station. There is also First Cabin Suitengumae capsule hotel just 3 blocks down the street from T-CAT @ around $42/night. When you’re ready to return to Narita you could take the NE’X or Skyliner back, but the T-CAT bus service will shoot you there in silent comfort for a mere $9. It also has busses to Haneda Airport.

To get to T-CAT, jump on the Metro Hanzomon Line down to Suitengumae Station, and take the City Air Terminal District Gate exit. You can also enter the station from the street. In fact, it’s only a few miles from Tokyo Station itself so you can even walk there from Tokyo Sta. – and see some sights along the way. You can also make reservations on T-CAT’s website in advance.

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Hanzomon Line is indicated by the purple circle and “Z”, in this case at Otemachi Sta. just north of Tokyo Sta. Suitengumae is Hanzomon Z10 – just 2 stops east. The blue Metro system symbol is on the left.

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For T-CAT exit City Air Terminal District Gate.

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Metro Hanzomon Line map. Suitengumae is roughly in the center (Z10), shown in red, and Otemachi Sta. is just 2 stops to the east at Z08. You can also take the line all the way to its western terminus @ Shibuya, shown on the far left, or Oshiagé/SKYTREE, its eastern terminus, shown on the far right. The Mitsukoshimae stop (Z09) is in Nihombashii just to the north + stops in the basement of the Mitsukoshi Depato (department store), which is well worth a look.

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Metro Hanzomon Line’s Suitengumae entrance on Etai-Dori Ave. The Royal Park Hotel bike parking lot described below is in the upper right corner.

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Metro Hanzomon Line’s Suitengumae platform.

Bike Access to T-CAT

If you are on bike you can park your bike for up to 24 hrs. at the very nice Royal Park Hotel Nihonbashii just down the street for a few ¥. The lockers are outside on the east side, but the place is very safe + the hotel staff will even be willing to help you if you’re not staying there since it’s their bike park. You can lock your bike, jump a bus, or train, go where you need + return later for your bike. The hotel is at 35°40’54.88″ N 139°47’13.24″ E (2-1-1 Nihonbashi-Kakigara-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo). This here map shows roughly the relationship between all 3 places:

Suitengumae Station is the leftmost pin, Royal Park Hotel the center one, First Cabin Suitengumae the right one. T-CAT is in the station. Sumida River is just to the right. To the east (right) of this is Asakusa, and a little further east, Sky Tree. There is also another Royal Park Hotel in Shiodome.

Suitengumae Area Photo Enjoyment

Here are a few more photos from the area for your enjoyment + reference:

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2 more views of T-CAT @ Suitengumae Station.

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Walking from Suitengumae Sta. to Tokyo Sta.

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There is also another public outdoor bike locker on this route.

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Be careful with Otemachi Sta. – it’s easy to get sucked into its labyrinth shopping malls + corridors which go on for miles inside + underground.

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First Cabin Suitengumae is on the left tucked down this quiet residential side street. The main street, Etai-Dori is just to the right out of frame. Turn right on Etai-Dori and head a few blocks west to get to T-CAT.

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First Cabin Suitengumae has a nice Lawson conbini just up the street. Step outside and turn right and you’ll be facing the street that takes you to T-CAT . There’s also a postal drop box here.

Welcome, dear traveler, to First Cabin‘s futuristic sleeping pods:

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First Cabin Suitengumae‘s facilities are quite nice:

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If you walk just a bit east on Etai-Dori Ave you cross Etai Bridge over the Sumida River, from which you can gaze at this famous view of Toyko known as Ookawabata River City:

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Etai Bridge is roughly at 35°40’33.40″ N 139°47’17.99″ E and you can walk or ride a bike across it. You can enter Ookawabata River City by crossing the Chuo-ohashi Bridge shown on the right in the distance. But to do that, you must first cross an intermediate bridge on the Nihonbashi River @ roughly 35°40’45.91″ N 139°47’02.25″ E first to get to it.

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Nihonbashi is just to the northeast of Otemachi Sta. + features the excellent Coredo multi-use complex.

Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy your trip to Narita International + Narita City!

A few more photos of Narita International:

Links

https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/

Narita City Official

The Keisei Skyliner for Narita Airport

Take the Keisei Line from Narita

Narita Travel Guide @ japan-guide.com

Narita, Chiba

Narita @ WikiTravel

Narita Day Trip Itinerary @ Truly Tokyo

Narita Airport to Tokyo | Tokyo Cheapo

Narita to Ikebukuro

Narita City – A stopover to discover traditional Japan @ Kanpai!

Be Strategic About Getting to Tokyo From Narita and Haneda

Things to do in Narita @ Trip Advisor

Find the Cheapest Transport from Narita Airport to Tokyo @ Tokyo Cheapo

T-CAT

Tokyo Sta. -> Suitengumae Sta. Walking Route Map

Royal Park Hotel (agoda.com)

Royal Park Hotel

Royal Park Shiodomé

Coredo @ Nihonbashi

Private Narita Layover Tour including Sake Tasting

Phantom Narita Shinkansen

https://www.agoda.com/narita-view-hotel/hotel/tokyo-jp.html?checkin=2020-05-01&los=3&adults=1&rooms=1&cid=1720055&searchrequestid=f7e751a1-1f69-4eeb-9f65-7fcba116e2f8&travellerType=0&tspTypes=8,16

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