I'ts a fairly budget holiday with an accomodation budget of about AUD$150 per night, which I know is not much in Japan.
We are late 20's early 30's. I am thinking about Ueno because I have read it is a cheaper neighbourhood to stay in for accomodation, shopping and food. It's convenient for transport. It's easier to find your way around by foot. Are these things true? Is it just street food that is cheap or can you eat in cafes and restaurants for less?
On the 'con' side I have read that it is completely dead in regards to night life. Is this true? Whilst we don't want to go clubbing, line up for drinks or sit in a crowded bar where we can't hear each other I would still like a bit of atmosphere like a small bar with acoustic music or something along those lines.
We won't go out each night, but for the couple of occasions that we do I'm thinking it would be fairly easy to get on a train and find something to do. The trains stop at 11pm then there is more at 1am then none until 5am, is that right?
What train line do I want my accomodation to be near in Ueno? Where ever I stay I want to be very close to a train startion that can get us around Tokyo and beyond easily.
What other areas could be a match for us?
Tall buildings (or hills) for vantage points
A bit of shopping and a bit of window shopping
Theme cafe or restaurant
Playing pool (billiards)
Walking for hours on end
Overpriced food and drink