The Ueno area is home to famous tourist attractions including Ueno Park and important cultural institutions of Japan. In fact, several world-class national museums are located in this area. The area is located in the Taito ward, which has flourished since the Edo period (almost 400 years ago) and still retains the old, traditional atmosphere.

Here is good news for those who want to explore this culturally rich area. A special, combination ticket (UENO WELCOME PASSPORT) for visiting 8 institutions throughout Ueno is on sale. Visitor have access to Ueno’s notable museums; art museums, a zoological museum, and gardens with this ticket (one-time admission for each museum). This ticket was issued on the 2nd of January, 2016 in limited numbers. It is valid from the issue date and until the 31st of May, 2016. The price is 2,000 yen.
Check the museums and admissions included in the passport below.

Cultural institutions in UENO

Tokyo National Museum (TNM) / Regular exhibitions
Cherished items at the Tokyo National Museum are mainly historical artwork and things made in Japan and other Asian countries. Its collection includes 87 national treasures and more than 600 important cultural assets.
National Museum of Nature and Science (NMNS) / Permanent exhibitions
NMNS exhibits the environment of Japanese islands and scientific technologies from Japan and overseas. A newly opened exhibit of the Global Gallery presents the biodiversity of the Earth through its specimens of various inhabitants.
National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) / Permanent Collection
NMWA holds more than 5500 worldwide art pieces, focusing on the Impressionist paintings and Auguste Rodin’s sculptures. The main building of NMWA was designed by internationally renowned French Architect, Le Corbusier.
Ueno Zoological Gardens / Permanent exhibitions
Ueno Zoo was established in 1882 as Japan’s first zoo. Highlights are the long-time beloved giant pandas and the recently popular, shoebill storks.
Shitamachi Museum / Permanent exhibitions
Shitamachi is a traditional Japanese district generally observed in large cities like Tokyo. The Taito ward is a popular place where Shitamachi districts are located. This museum preserves and introduces the culture and history of Shitamachi.
Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden / Permanent exhibitions
This historical house was built in 1896. It was the combined design work by an English and Japanese architect.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum/ Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum has several galleries for special thematic and public entry exhibitions. One from following exhibitions is accessible with the ticket (Check the schedule of each exhibition before visiting): 1. TOKYO “SHO(Japanese Calligraphy)”2016, 2.New-wave Artists 2016, 3.Best selection 2016.
The University Art Museum, Tokyo University for the Arts / Geidai Collection, Spring Exhibition in 2016 (April 2nd– May 8th, 2016). ※The museum does not have a permanent exhibition.
Tokyo University for the Arts has contributed to art education in Japan and has been the leading supporter since 1887. Many famous Japanese artists graduated from this university and the art museum keeps a lot of their work.

Stamp rally

the pictorial riddle and the paper diorama

You also have an opportunity to play a stamp rally with the map included in the passport. Answer the pictorial riddle which was popular among the public during Edo period and find a stamp at each place on the map. If you get more than 5 of the 11 stamps for all 11 cultural facilities, you will win a traditional Japanese style paper diorama.

Why not get this economical ticket and see Japan’s important cultural assets exhibited at each of the institutions?


■Valid from and until
Saturday, January 2, 2016 – Tuesday, May 31, 2016
※Only 10,000 issues are available
■Ticket are available at the ticket office at participating facilities, Ueno Tourism Association, ecute Ueno, Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center, and the National Tokyo Museum Shop’s website.
2,000 yen
■Issued by
The Implementation Committee for New Concept “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture”
Implementation Committee for New Concept “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture”  Phone:03-5834-2396

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