An afternoon in Ueno: a science museum and a damn good kebab in Ameyoko

Ueno is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Tokyo. It just has so much to offer that I don’t even know where to start. A park. A zoo. A shrine. An array of different museums. And of course, the super famous Ameyoko Shopping Street. I believe I’m not the only one that loves a good bargain?

I had a couple of hours in between work assignments so I FINALLY did two things I’ve been longing to do for a long time. I went to the National Museum of Nature and Science and got myself a kebab. Hey – why not? 

The National Museum of Science

I was expecting more. Seriously. This is one of those places to take your kids for an introduction to science and is not good for much else. The exhibit was pretty basic and the museum is waaay too small and dated to have that many good reviews on Google. The museum also smells a little funny – kind of like stale bread or something. No idea why. Not a fan…

They had a whole bunch of telescopes and ancient calendars that were also worth a look. Although admittedly, I was pretty disappointed that they didn’t have planetarium. Boo hoo… 

Everything is in Japanese so too bad if you can’t read it. Audio guides are available, though. 

The Theater360 was pretty cool. It’s a moving rotating theatre thingy. Wasn’t a fan of standing through the whole movie, but other than that it was fun.

This one was a miss for me. 

Ameyoko Shopping Street

Ameyoko is as close as things get to chaos in Japan. Street food from all over the world. Sellers touting all kinds of things – from fruit to bags to fish to meat to shoes to… Well – you get my drift.


You can get pretty much anything here. Prices are reasonable. The atmosphere is vibrant. Sometimes it’s nice leaving that ordered and structured life behind for something that doesn’t fit neatly into a box. 

But I was here for one reason and one reason alone. I needed a kebab. BIG TIME. I’ve been meaning to come to Ueno for MONTHS to eat one. Yes – there are kebab shops around, but I haven’t found a good one in Tokyo until…. dun dun dun…


Oh yes… and it was good, as God intended. Best I’ve had in Japan. And then it was off to work. 

Sigh…

Author: Dipa

Tarot Tales from Japan

8 thoughts

      1. There’s a historical museum near the science one that is better. It’s not great, but it’s much better. The one in Odaiba is better, but Japan just doesn’t seem that great at museums. Only a few have impressed me.

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