A special ticket that can be used for three museums in Tokyo's Ueno Park is now available to mark the recent opening by East Japan Railway Co. of its Ueno-Tokyo Line on March 14.
The new extension connects Tokyo Station, the terminal station for the Tokaido Line, with Ueno Station, the terminal of the Tohoku, Takasaki and Joban lines.
The ticket can be used at the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Museum of Western Art, all in Taito Ward, Tokyo.
An executive committee for commemorative events for the opening of the Ueno-Tokyo Line, which comprises bodies including the three museums, Taito Ward and the Ueno Sightseeing Federation, planned and began to sell the special ticket. Named the "Ueno Welcome Passport," it was released the day the line came into service and is meant to publicize Ueno as a centre of culture.
The front cover of the special ticket is designed to look like a passport, and also features illustrations of Kaneiji temple, pandas and cherry blossoms - all of which are symbolic of Ueno. When a ticket-holder visits a museum, the museum stamps the ticket just as an immigration officer would stamp a passport.
With the Ueno passport, on sale for ¥1,000 (S$11.50), museum-goers can enjoy permanent exhibitions once at each of the three museums, which would usually cost ¥1,670 in total.
"I hope people become fascinated with Ueno beyond fields such as science and art," said Masahiro Kayano, the head of the sightseeing federation.
A total of 30,000 special tickets are being sold at the three museums, Ueno Station and other locations. The ticket is available until May 31.