Hello! Here’s are a few pictures from our trip to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park last Sunday!
We’re very fortunate to live so near Tokyo – it’s close enough that it can be a pleasant day trip on the weekends, but far enough away that we can’t go all the time and spend all our money! I always forget how small Japan is compared to the U.S., mostly because we don’t have a car and have to take the train everywhere.
Luckily for us, we get on the train line down far enough that the trains are relatively empty, so we can get seats. The closer we get to Tokyo, the more crowded it gets. Morning rush hour on weekdays can be a nightmare! Sundays are usually very busy days, too, because everyone’s off work, but I guess the trains in the late morning aren’t so crowded.
We rolled into Ueno Station around 11:30 and decided to get lunch there.
We ate at Mango Tree, a Thai restaurant chain in Japan. It was SO good! I got noodles and frozen mango, Paul got chicken and beer. A great start!
I was surprised by how quiet it was on a Sunday in Ueno! Last time I was here you could hardly move two steps without bumping into someone. Maybe the cold kept people at home?
There are so many things to see at Ueno Park! We stopped by the Kiyomizu Kannon temple to look around. You can your fortune here – the papers tied up are bad fortunes, left behind in hopes that the bad luck with be taken away. There are four temples in Ueno Park alone!
Also, the traditional cleansing fountain, guarded by a dragon!
For 200¥ (about $2) a dragon would dance and give you your fortune! Mine was good, so I kept it.
The gingko trees were all showing their colours! Absolutely beautiful, and a little bit smelly from the seeds.
We couldn’t stop laughing. I think we scared some Japanese girls nearby.
The exhibit! Absolutely amazing. I wrote my thoughts on the exhibit here.
THEY HAD VAN GOGH AND GAUGUIN GACHAPONS! They were 400¥ each but so, so worth it. I got Café Terrace at Night! And a pin!
So there you go! Our day in Ueno. If you ever come to Tokyo, be sure to visit this beautiful park, with its four shrines, five museums, one zoo, and multiple food and gift stands and performers! (Ueno is awesome, basically.)