The Tokyo National Museum is Japan's oldest National Museum and houses the largest Japanese art collection in the world. It was originally established in 1872 and has been heavily expanded throughout its years of history into a gigantic complex formed by a total of five buildings.
Its exhibitions consist mainly in comprehensive collections of art works and archeological objects of Asia, with special focus on Japan. Among its thousands of pieces, the museum includes 87 National Treasures and several hundreds of Important Cultural Properties.
Ameyoko is a discount open-air market, located on the alleys along the railway tracks leading south of Ueno Station, which evolved from a black market created on the streets after World War II. Its name is an abbreviation of Ameya-Yokocho, meaning Candy Shop Alley, since candies were traditionally sold in the area.
A wide variety of products are sold in the hundreds of small shops which form the market, including fresh seafood, dried food, groceries, shoes and clothing. Energetic sellers are constantly calling out for customers, creating a lively and busy atmosphere which reaches its peak in late December, when Tokyoites gather to buy traditional Japanese New Years food.
Ueno Zoo is Japan's largest and oldest zoo, founded in 1882. It covers an area of 35 acres and it's divided in two areas connected by a monorail, which was the county's first monorail. The zoo houses more than 2600 animals from all over the world, of which a couple of panda bears received in 2011 are the visitor's favorites.
Hibiya, Ginza Lines
All of the visiting spots in Ueno are located within a short walk of Ueno station's Park Exit, with Ueno Zoo being the furthest point from the station and reachable on a 5 minute walk.