As we reach the last chilly days of March and officially welcome the month of picnic weather, we couldn’t help but just go out more! Though still there are days of heavy coats and mufflers (otherwise you’ll freeze at night), we can certainly appreciate more the warming season.
I can’t believe I survived winter (my first winter). Seeing a landscape of snow for the first time was indeed a great chapter of my life. But now, as the cold dusty white mountains turn into green, I am now looking forward to the next season – Spring! Though there are still marks from the last dry season, more and more people are making the most of its first sign. How do they do it? Well, going out to parks!
And speaking about parks, we know just the right place to spend the best of the picnic season. No need to go further, in the heart of Tokyo, you will find the Ueno Park in Ueno District. Now let me tell you what makes this park so special and why you have to visit this place someday if not too soon.
Picnicking would be amazing.
It can all be a little crowded in this time of the year but once you find your spot and set your picnic blanket with your basket of goodies, it’s the perfect place to spend time with your family, your partner and even alone yourself. It has such a great atmosphere for gatherings and relaxation while enjoying the ray of sunshine.
Strolling would be enjoyable.
Not to mention that the whole park is incredibly vast! (I guess you could see that on the map). Just by walking around, you get to see a lot of things – from temples, street food, people walking with their pets and the pond. Well, if you want some alone time and don’t want to jostle with the crowd, you can visit this place any time on weekdays too.
Street food and tons of it.
If you don’t want to splurge too much on dining, well you can always have a line of street foods with you. May I just say that Japanese street food is something you should never under estimate when it comes to quality and presentation because they definitely look and taste good. There are tables and chairs beside the pond to enjoy the view while grabbing a bite.
There are just so much to see and to do.
Inside the park are museums, shrines, temples, and amusement rides for kids. It’s basically for people of all ages. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the museums due to time constrain but this is the kind of park that you keep on discovering things even how many times you visit, and can we just take for a moment and appreciate the cameo of Tokyo Sky Tree?
They have Pandas.
It’s not like you see a panda in just any zoo right? Under their care are a number of big pandas, polar bear and other all bunch of land and marine species. You will enjoy and at the same time learn on how to take care of them as the zoo’s advocate is to save and protect them for the next generations to come.
There you have it, all the right reason to visit Ueno. For further details of these places, check a couple of information first about the map and the entrance fee (since not everything is open for free). Other than that, this park would sure give you an outdoor experience of your life!