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Explore Tokyo: Ueno Park

Ueno Park is the cultural and ethnic centre of Tokyo. This park lodges several important temples and shrines, besides of cultural institutions and museums. Ueno Park is a great public park, located next to Ueno Station. It opens its doors to the public in 1873, and provides its guests a large diversity of attractions.

At the park's south gate is situated a statue of Saigo Takamori, an influential personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. He had a central part in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868.

Ueno Park is very popular for its several museums, principally art museums, namely the Tokyo National Museum, the Orient Museum, the National Science Museum, the Shitamachi Museum, the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery.

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