Have fun in Japan's first zoological garden in Ueno
Ueno Park is a large cultural and recreational park in central Tokyo that is also one of Japan's five oldest public parks opened in 1873. The park boats a number of sightseeing places for a relaxing family trip or weekend escape, from distinctive museums catering for every interest to traditional temples and shrines. Typically, Ueno Park is home to Japan's oldest zoo, Ueno Zoo, opened in 1882. Its most popular residents are giant pandas, which first moved here in 1972 from China. Another attraction is Shinobazu Pond, a large lotus filled pond near Kaneiji Temple, the original grounds of the park. In summer, thousands of lotus blossoms let visitors soak up a magical air and pleasant vibe. Additionally, Ueno Park is one of Tokyo's most famous cherry blossom viewing spots with more than 1000 cherry trees lining its main path. Every year from late March and early April, the park is crowded with large numbers of hanami parties lasting night and day.