TokyoStreetView: Ueno Park Part I (4K VIDEO)
From the Editor:
On the tech side of our original video coverage, there's nothing better than the IREX international robotics trade show, or if cars are you thing, the DRiFTWiRED music video shot in the mountains of Tochigi is one of a kind, but we also share more contemplative, day to day slices of Japanese life. In the vein of the latter, we hope you enjoy our latest video feature, presented in beautiful 4K (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!).
Ueno Park Part 1
Massive...this is how we could best describe the sheer size (534,000m2) and the many attractions to be found in this park. Established in 1873, Ueno Park is among Japan’s first public parks and home to several major museums like the Tokyo National Museum, National Science Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, and the Shitamachi Museum in addition to several temples and even a zoo!
It would be impossible to cover all aspects of this park in a single day, so we decided to focus our attention on the cultural aspects of this park and its temples, including the following:
- Kiyomizu Kannon Temple (Part 1)
- Hanazono inari Temple (Part 1)
- Gojoten Temple (Part 1)
- Toshogu Shrine (Part 2)
- Ueno Park Pagoda (Part 2)
- Bentendo Temple and the Shinobazu Pond (Part 2)
Those temples and places are standard on the “Must See” list, but we would also recommend visiting:
- Kaneiji Temple
- Ueno Daibutsu
Kiyomizu Kannon Temple:
Originally built in 1631 and part of the Kaneji temple, the Kiyomizu Kannon Temple get its design and architecture from the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto. It is also home to an image of Kosodate Kannon (Goddess of child-rearing) and a figure of Senju Kannon (Thousand Armed Goddess of Mercy).
Gojoten and Hanazono inari Temple:
A few meters away from the Kiyomizu Kannon you will find both the Gojoten and Hanazono inari Temples, the latter being known as the “Fox Temple.” Both temples are actually close to each other and can be mistaken for the one and only place of worship. The Gotojen temple is dedicated to the Scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane (August 1, 845 - March 26, 903) and located close to the Shinobazu Pond, while the Hanazono inari Temple is dedicated to the Inari Okami, or spirit of the foxes, and can be accessed by a gorgeous series of Japanese Torii gates.
From the Contributor:
Beautiful Japan; a Love Story.
Japan is a world apart from everything you know. It’s a place like no other, built on centuries of tradition and unrivaled attention to detail. Japan is a cultural Galapagos out of reach for many, and it often remains an untouched mystery even for the lucky few who’ve come to call it their home.
A True Contemplative Experience.
TokyoStreetView is born of a passion for life in Japan, and the series aims to offer others around the world a chance to enjoy a bias-free experience of its many wonders. Unlike other videos you may find on Japan, TokyoStreetView’s are purely contemplative: our camera(s) are your eyes and our tripod is your chair, just sit with us, relax, and let an amazing world unfold in front of you in a succession of short ~10-second sequences of RAW 4K video.
We hope our passion for this mesmerizing country will touch your heart, and, though our videos, you’ll feel some of the wonder we held from the first day we set foot on this beautiful archipelago.