BE A LOCAL is a part of Hub Japan’s service to match local Japanese people and tourists from overseas. This is a report of the day Japanese local hosts took guests to Ueno, Meiji Shrine, and Harajuku.
We received a request to the plan from a family from Brazil, Renata, Carlos, Claudia, and Carlos. They wanted to visit Ueno Toshogu, Tokyo National Museum, and Meiji Shrine. We first took a subway from Ginza, where we met, to Ueno.
It was the first time for the family to get on a subway in Tokyo. We showed how to buy the PASMO IC card, and successfully got on the train.
Ueno Park, Ueno Toshogu
Ueno Park is enormous but figured out the way to Ueno Toshogu. We explained that few generations of Tokugawa Shogunate rest in Ueno Toshogu. Before visiting the main building, we purified our body using water from Chozuya. They said it was their first time to use Chozuya, so first I showed how to do it step by step.
It was my first time to visit Ueno Toshogu. The main building of Ueno Toshogu was all gold and was very gorgeous.
It was sunny and warm on the day, and there were many people outside enjoying the sun. The family was enjoying the park, saying that they can feel the ordinary people’s atmosphere in Ueno Park, comparing to Sensoji Temple, where they visited one day before.
Then, we visited Tokyo National Museum. There were many exhibitions to understand Japanese history briefly. It will need a whole day to look everything closely, so we limited to few important pieces that the family wanted to see. Art crafts and Samurai Warriors’ equipment were especially beautiful.
As we headed out the park, Carlos noticed the works of Auguste Rodin in front of The National Museum of Western Art, which was registered as the World Heritage Site in 2016.
Carlos told us about how important this piece is and how to look at this beautiful masterpiece.
Lunch at Ueno Yabu Soba
For lunch, we went to a famous long-establishing soba restaurant in Ueno, Ueno Yabu Soba. Ueno Yabusoba continues operating from 1892, more than 100 years! The family was surprised to discover that there is a restaurant operated for such a long time. It was a Sunday, so we had to wait about 30 minutes, but we could get in.
Renata, Carlos, and Claudia had warm tempura soba. Carlos had regular warm soba. The family said that it was their first time trying soba, I hope they liked it. The soba here was actually one of my bests in Tokyo! Highly recommended. Claudia said she liked the atmosphere of the restaurant. It was an authentic Japanese soba restaurant, and we could see the soba chef making soba through the window.
Meiji Shrine and Harajuku Takeshita Street
Then we took JR Yamanote Line from Ueno to Harajuku and visited Meiji Shrine. They were surprised to find this much nature in the neighborhood of Harajuku, where is the center of kawaii culture.
After we visited Meiji Shrine, we walked to Takeshita Street. They were surprised to see such number of people in this narrow street!
As we walked the street, we found a crepe house. As Harajuku is famous for crepes, we tried one together.
After we had finished walking Takeshita Street, we said goodbye, and it was the end of the day.
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