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Ueno-koen Park    TOKYO, Tokyo Prefecture

Ueno-koen Park is a famous area favored by aristocrats for hanami, flower viewing. Families would, and still do, picnic underneath the cherry and plum trees and enjoy the blossoms. Ueno Hill was the site of the last great battle of Japan in 1868 when the Tokugawa shogunate fell to Emperor Meiji's forces. Meiji organized the country's first modern army to defeat the 2,000 Tokugawa loyalists that protected the hill. When the survivors fled, they torched the temple complex to prevent enemies from gaining access but left the Tosho-gu Shrine unharmed. Shortly after this defeat, the hill was designated a public park.Today the park houses the shrine and several museums including the Tokyo National Museum, and the Ueno Zoo, Japan's oldest and best.



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