|Main building of the station|
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|Neighborhood etc.||7 Ueno (JR Station)
3 Higashi-Ueno (Tokyo Metro)
Tōhoku Main Line
Ueno Station (上野駅 Ueno-eki ) is a major railway station in Tokyo's Taitō ward. It is the station used to reach the Ueno district and Ueno Park -- which contains Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo University of the Arts and other famous cultural facilities. A major commuter hub, it is also the traditional terminus for long-distance trains from northern Japan, although with the extension of the Shinkansen lines to Tokyo Station this role has diminished in recent years. A similar extension of conventional lines will extend the Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line and Joban Line to Tokyo Station via the Tohoku Through Line on existing little-used tracks and a new viaduct.
This station is served by the following lines:
- Tokyo Metro
- East Japan Railway Company
As this station was the traditional point of arrival and departure for journeys to northern Japan, it became the inspiration for many poems and song lyrics, including a famous tanka by Ishikawa Takuboku. There is a memorial plate about this poem in the station.
Like most major stations in Japan, Ueno station contains and is surrounded by extensive shopping arcades. Ueno's includes a branch of the Hard Rock Cafe.
The station has two main levels of tracks and a deep underground station for the Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks. Through tracks 1 to 4 on two island platforms on the main level are used by Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tōhoku Line trains. Through tracks 5 to 9 on two island platforms and one side of a terminal platform, lead only to storage tracks near Akihabara Station for empty trains, but will in future continue on the Tōhoku Jūkan Line to Tokyo Station and beyond on the Tōkaidō Main Line. Tracks 10 to 12 terminate inside the building, and below these on a lower deck are further terminal tracks 13 to 18. Two subterranean island platforms serve Shinkansen tracks 19 to 22.
Both the Ginza and Hibiya line station have two tracks. However, unlike in other Tokyo Metro stations, each line's tracks are counted separately.
|1||○Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line||for Ginza, Roppongi and Naka-Meguro|
|2||○Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line||for Kita-Senju, Kuki and Minami-Kurihashi (via Tobu Skytree Line)|
|1||○Tokyo Metro Ginza Line||for Shibuya|
|2||○Tokyo Metro Ginza Line||for Asakusa|
|Tōhoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen
Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen
|Tōhoku Line (Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line)|
|Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-16)|
|Ueno-hirokōji (G-15)||-||Inarichō (G-17)|
|Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-17)|
|Naka-Okachimachi (H-16)||-||Iriya (H-18)|
The station opened on July 28, 1883. After the destruction of this first building in the fires caused by the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, Japanese Government Railways constructed the current station buildings. In 1927, Tokyo Underground Railway (now Tokyo Metro) opened Japan's first subway line from here to Asakusa Station. Following World War II, the neighbourhood in front of Ueno Station was a major center of black market activity. Today, that market is gathering people as a name of Ameya-Yokochō.
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- Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro) (Japanese)
- Ueno Station (JR East) (Japanese)
- JR East Ueno Station map
- Ueno Station Panorama