The park has some 8,800 trees, including Ginkgo biloba, Cinnamomum camphora, Zelkova serrata, Formosan cherry, Somei-Yoshino cherry, and Japanese cherry. There is a further 24,800 m2 of shrubs. Shinobazu Pond is a small lake with an area of 16 ha, extensive lotus beds, and marshland. It provides an important wintering ground for birds. Species commonly found include the tufted duck, Eurasian wigeon, northern pintail, common pochard, little grebe, great egret, and great cormorant. The Baer’s pochard, ring-necked duck, and American wigeon have also been recorded.
The central island houses a shrine to Benzaiten, goddess of fortune, modelled on Chikubu Island in Lake Biwa. The area was once full of “rendezvous teahouses”, equivalent of the modern love hotel. After the Pacific War the pond was drained and used for the cultivation of cereals and subsequently there were plans to turn the site into a baseball stadium or multi-storey carpark.
In all there are some eight hundred cherry trees in the park, although with the inclusion of those belonging to the Ueno Tōshō-gū shrine, temple buildings, and other neighbouring points the total reaches some twelve hundred. Inspired, Matsuo Bashō wrote “cloud of blossoms – is the temple bell from Ueno or Asakusa”.
Nearby cultural facilities
Tokyo National Museum
National Museum of Western Art
National Museum of Nature and Science
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Sōgakudō Concert Hall
International Library of Children’s Literature
The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ueno Royal Museum
Pagoda of Kan’ei-ji
Japan Art Academy
Kuroda Memorial Hall, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo
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- Location 日本東京
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