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Uguisudani Station

22 鴬谷駅

Uguisudani , which means “Valley of the Nightingales” due to the many nightingales that were once found here, is a quiet neighborhood of an older part of Tokyo.

Uguisudani Station鴬谷駅・うぐいすだにえき, named thusly for the large amount of nightingales鶯・うぐいす that used to populate the area, is a small station with four tracks serving the 山手線やまのてせん・Yamanote Line and the 京浜東北線けいひんとうほくせん・Keihin Tohoku Line.

First opened in 1912, 鴬谷駅うぐいすだにえき・Uguisudani Station sits at the north end of うえのこうえん上野公園・Ueno Park right next to the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music’s Uguisudani Campus. Several bachelors学士号・がくしごう, masters修士号・しゅうしごう and doctoral博士号・はくしごう programs in all artistic medias and every musical discipline are offered by the university. It also offers several non-degree music performance and creative expression courses for those who just wish to learn how to play a 楽器がっき・musical instrument or practice some form of art.

鴬谷うぐいすだ・Uguisudani is also home to the Tokyo University Art Museum, the largest collection of art objects in the whole of Japan. The 28,000 piece collection consists of work by university faculty and students as well as works by established and famous artists and craftsmen. Twenty-two pieces have been granted the status of by the Japanese Ministry of Culture.

A short walk from Uguisudani’s 南口???・south exit will take you to the Japanese National Museum東京国立博物館・とうきょうこくりつはくぶつかん, home to an enormous collection of artwork and antiquities from Japan and several other Asian countries. Many lectures講義・こうぎ on artアート, 歴史れきし・history and 考古学こうこがく・archeology are also offered by the びじゅつかん美術館・museum.

A short walk from 鴬谷駅うぐいすだにえき・Uguisudani Station lies 上野公園うえのこうえん・Ueno Park, home to many いけ・ponds, walking 小道こみち・paths, and ピクニックpicnic areas that one expects to find in a 公園こうえん・park.

Ueno Park is also one of the best and most famous places to view さくら・cherry blossoms in the spring. The area to the north of Uguisudani Station is known mainly for its love hotelsラブホテル・らぶほてる, but the narrow streets of the area still have some wooden houses and buildings from a bygone age lending the area a vaguely Edo-era feeling.

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