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- Akihabara "Electric Town"
- You'll find every gadget imaginable at this world-famous consumer electronics Mecca. Note: Tourists can buy duty-free items on the upper floors of most of the larger stores.
Access to Akihabara
by Akihabara Electrical Town Organization
- Get a glimpse of old-world Japan in this lively area that preserves its Edo roots. Asakusa is the home of the impressive Sensoji Temple, and it's a good place to buy hand-made souvenirs and to try some traditional food.
- Atago Shrine
- The Atago Shrine was built on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu and is located on Mt. Atago, the only mountain to be found in the 23 wards that make up Tokyo. The shrine is well-known for the stone steps that lead up to it's entrance.
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- Located in Shibuya, this huge cultural arts centre includes a cinema, gallery, museum, theatre and concert hall, as well as a range of shops and boutiques. The plays, movies and exhibitions shown here have a strong international flavour.
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- Cherry-Blossom Viewing
- In Tokyo, the cherry-blossom season usually begins in late March and lasts for about two weeks. The snowy-white blossoms make for a beautiful sight, and people turn out in droves to admire them and celebrate with friends. Indeed, this is one of the most popular times for public drinking parties, and parks all over Tokyo become premium spots for these social gatherings.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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- Department Stores in Tokyo
- When it comes to shopping in Tokyo, the myriad of high-quality department stores provide a fantastic range of options. Here are some of the most popular…
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Store
Isetan-Mitsukoshi Department Store
Takashimaya Department Store
- Sandwiched between Shibuya and Ebisu are the bustling backstreets of Daikanayama, one of the city's hotspots for fashion, avant-garde architecture and cafe culture.
A delightful blend of haute couture and vintage fashion, Daikanyama's boutiques jostle with patisseries, salons and seriously funky accessory shops, providing something for metropolitan hipsters of all ages.
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- Edo Tokyo Museum
- The Edo-Tokyo Museum has a range of amazing exhibitions which showcase the changing face of Tokyo, from it's evolution during the Edo period ("Edo" being the former name for Tokyo) to it's present-day status as Japan's capital city.
Edo Tokyo Museum official webstie
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- Fujisan (Mt. Fuji)
- Although it is located about 100km west of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is still visible from the city on clear days. A place of both spiritual and historical importance, Mount Fuji remains an iconic symbol of Japan.
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- Ghibli Museum
- Located in the western suburbs in Tokyo, this inventive museum features scenes and characters from the Studio Ghibli animation house along with a permanent exhibition about the history of animation. It is naturally skewed towards the younger demographic, but there is still plenty here for adults to enjoy.
- This popular entertainment and shopping district is famous for it's retail shops and high-class bars and restaurants.
Pick up beautiful stationery at Ito-Ya, try out the latest playthings at the Sony Building, or take in a traditional stage performance at the gorgeous Kabukiza Theater.
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- Hama-rikyu Garden
- A traditional Japanese-style garden in the heart of urban Tokyo. Hamarikyu Garden has a very long and revered history, and was greatly admired by the ruling Tokugawa Shogun of the 17th century.
Now, many visitors come to relax in the garden’s serene atmosphere and enjoy some matcha tea and sweets at the traditional Japanese tea house.
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- Imperial Household Agency
- An introduction to the official duties and various public activities of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, and other members of the Imperial Family.
This event is carried out both at the Imperial Palace and in the grounds outside, and the latter includes their official visits within Japan and their fostering of friendly relations with foreign countries.
Imperial Household Agency official webstie
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- Japan Traditional Craft Center
- This is a great place to learn more about Japan's rich artistic heritage. A wide range of crafts are on display, from lacquerware and kimonos to dolls and Buddhist altars.
There is also a gift shop, reference library and a selection of temporary exhibitions.
Japan Traditional Craft Center webstie
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- Kabukiza Theatre
- Various types of Kabuki plays - both new and old - are performed here. If necessary, a headset/earphone set which provides an English commentary is available to rent.
"Kabuki" official website
- Kanda Myojin Shrine
- A historical place known as a shrine of happiness for family affairs, match-making for couples and success in business.
This shrine is also famous for Kanda Matsuri, one of the 3 largest Shrine festivals in Japan.
- Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden
- An oasis in the middle of Tokyo, this garden was once a famous Edo-era attraction.
Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
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- Makuhari Messe - International Convention Complex -
- A large exhibition complex composed of 3 major facilities; the International Exhibition hall, the International Convention hall and the Makuhari Event Hall.
The Makuhari Messe is also the venue for the Tokyo Motor Show.
Makuhari Messe official website
- Tokyo's Marunouchi district is, along with New York's Wall Street and the City of London, one of the world's top three business centers.
In recent years the area has become one of the city's most fashionable neighborhoods, attracting a diverse range of casual visitors and working professionals.
- Meiji Jingu Shrine
- A shrine established in the 9th Taisho Period (1920).
It enshrines the Meiji Emperor and the Shoken Empress Dowager.
It is a very popular site for the New Year’s celebrations of Hatsumoude, in which people visit a shrine for the first time that year to pray for happiness.
Meiji Jingu Shrine
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- National Theatre of Japan
A theatre used for traditional Japanese theatrical performances such as Kabuki, Noh, Kyogen and Bunraku. Just a 10-minute walk from Exit #2 or #4 of Nagatacho station.
National Theatre of Japan
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- This island in Tokyo Bay is home to countless attractions, including shopping malls, restaurants and a unique hot-spring spa facility. There are also some attractive parks and a popular waterfront area. Although Odaiba is also home to several key business areas, it is primarily a spot for tourists, families and couples.
AQUA CITY ODAIBA
Odaiba Venus Fort
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- Parks in Tokyo
- Although Tokyo is undoubtedly a sprawling metropolis, there are still plenty of parks for those in search of a little more greenery. You'll find a lot of useful information about Tokyo's most popular parks at the link below...
Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
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- Roppongi Hills
- Opened in Spring 2003, Roppongi Hills continues to one of Tokyo's trendiest spots.
Roppongi Hills is also home to around 200 shops, restaurants, hotels, offices and museums.
Roppongi Hills official website
- Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena
- This is the main arena where Sumo tournaments are held.
Every year six Sumo tournaments take place in Japan, and three of these are hosted at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena. These Tokyo tournaments are held in January, May and September, and the length of each tournament is 15 days.
Japan Sumo Association
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- Senso-ji Temple
- Senso-ji is the oldest temple in Tokyo and famous for it's symbolic gateway, the Kaminarimon. Traditional events take place here on a seasonal basis.
Senso-ji Temple official website
- Shiba Daijingu Shrine
- The Shiba Daijingu Shrine is dedicated to the two mainstay deities, Amaterasu Omikami (Sun Goddess) and Toyouke Omikami (Goddess of farms, harvest, food and silk-farming) of the Grand Ise Shrine. In 2005, the shrine celebrated its 1000th year.
- Famous for it's vibrant energy and relentless hustle and bustle, Shibuya is also one of the fashion centers of Japan (particularly for young people) and a major nightlife area.
Shibuya City Official Website
- This business area of Tokyo is home to Tokyo City Hall and many high-rise corporate complexes. Shinjuku also has a good variety of stores and reasonably-priced restaurants, while the Kabukicho district is one of the biggest nightlife areas in Japan.
Shinjuku City Official Website
- Shiodome Area
- Often referred to as a "city within a city", Shiodome Shiosite is one of Tokyo's newest developments. It's spectacular array of skyscrapers accommodate a number of offices (including the headquarters of Nippon Televlision) along with a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants, theaters and hotels.
Shiodome City Center
- Shiba Park
- One of the oldest parks in Japan, this beautifully scenic area was nationalized during the Meiji Period.
Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association Website
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- Tokyo Disney Resort
- Tokyo Disneyland and its unique, water-themed cousin Tokyo Disney Sea are the first two of their kind in Asia, boasting the company's winning formula of rides, stage shows, and parades.
Next door is Ikspiari, a sprawling shopping and entertainment complex that includes nine distinct theme areas, including Trader's Passage, Garden Site, and Museum Lane. Ikspiari also offers many activities for kids.
Tokyo Disney Resort
- Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight)
- A huge convention building that covers around 230,000 square meters, Tokyo Big Sight also includes exhibition halls and meeting facilities.
It is known as one of the largest international exhibition venues in Japan, showcasing many interesting trade shows such as the Tokyo Anime Fair.
Tokyo International Exhibition Center
- Tokyo International Forum (Convention Halls)
- A large convention complex which includes various facilities used for exhibitions, trade shows, and for concerts by international musicians.
The complex also contains a small museum, along with shops and a restaurant.
Tokyo International Forum
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
- Enjoy remarkable views of downtown Tokyo (and on clear days, Mt. Fuji) from the 45th-floor observation deck of this stunning Kenzo Tange-designed building.
The surrounding area of Shinjuku offers a taste of bustling Tokyo at its best.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government guide
- Tokyo National Museum
- Located in Ueno Park, the Tokyo National Museum exhibits historical collections from Japan and various other countries from throughout Asia.
Tokyo National Museum official website
- Tokyo Tower
- Tokyo Tower is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks and offers breathtaking views of the city.
At a height of 333 meters, the Tokyo Tower has been the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower since it's opening in 1958. The Eiffel Tower (to which it owes a strong resemblance) is just a little shorter, at 320 meters.
Tokyo Tower official website
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- Ueno Zoological Gardens
- Established in 1882, Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan. It has grown and developed over the years, and has been a forerunner in the Japanese zoological world.
Located in downtown Tokyo, Ueno Zoo not only provides recreational fun, but also plays an essential role in wildlife conservation and public education.
In an effort to breed endangered species, the zoo has now completed the "Gorilla Woods" and "Tiger Forests."
Ueno Zoological Gardens
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- Vending Machines
- No matter where you are in Tokyo, the ubiquitous vending machines are never far away. The sheer number of them is mind-boggling, and they serve as an ever-present source of drinks, food, cigarettes, books and even clothes.
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- Less than 30 minutes by train from Tokyo Station, the city of Yokohama provides a wealth of sights and activities. Highlights include Minato Mirai (a popular harbourside leisure and dining area), the stylish Motomachi shopping district and Yokohama Chinatown, which is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world.
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- Zojo-ji Temple
- Zojo-ji Temple was originally built in 1393 and later moved to it's current location near Tokyo Tower in 1598. It is a wonderful (and rare) example of early Edo-period architecture and features a beautifully decorated golden altar.