A large (131 acre) public park located next to Ueno Station. It was opened to the public in 1873, and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. It is famous for its many museums, namely the Tokyo National Museum, the Orient Museum, the National Science Museum, the Shitamachi Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. Since 1882, Ueno Park has been home to Japan's first zoological garden, whose main attraction are giant panda bears. The first panda bears where a gift from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations in 1972. Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1,000 cherry trees. During the cherry blossom season, Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. (from Japan-Guide.com, Copyright © 1996-2006 japan-guide.com).
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