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Senso-ji

Legendary fame Legend has it that more than a millennium ago, the Hamanari brothers went fishing when they netted a golden statuette of Kannon, a…

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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

  The Hozomon Gate (above) is located at the end of Nakamise shopping street at the Asakusa Sensoji Temple. Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) is the first…

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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Shabuya Crossing

A must see in Tokyo is the famous Shabuya crossing – when the lights turn red pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like…

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Shabuya Crossing

Roppongi

Popular night scene Roppongi is Tokyo’s nightlife destination and is largely frequented by Japan’s diverse expatriate community. It’s also a place for the locals to…

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Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

A cultural tradition The Ooeda Onsen was established in 2003, and is the first of its kind in Tokyo. It soon became popular as city…

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Nihonbashi

Historic commercial district The district derives its name from the historic arched bridge built over the Nihonbashi River. The bridge originally constructed from wood in…

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Odaiba

Popular destination Originally built as an ingenious complex of fortified man-made islands in the 19th century for defensive purposes, Odaiba (daiba is Japanese for fort)…

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Shibuya

From castle to commercial centre Shibuya was the site of a castle until the Edo period after which the area began to develop as a…

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Shimoda

From sea port to tourist destination Shimoda has traditionally been a modest sea port for several centuries but was catapulted to fame in the latter…

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Tsukiji Fish Market

You need to get out of bed very early to see the action as it happens. I arrived at 5 am and even that was…

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Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Serving millions of citizens The Tsukiji Fish Market was created in 1920s and is essentially a wholesale market for fresh foods. The large market is…

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Tsukiji Outer Market

The Tsukiji Markethas two different areas, the Inner Market (Jonai Shijo) and the Outer Market (Jogai Shijo). The Inner Market is the wholesale section is where…

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Tsukiji Outer Market

Tokyo Skytree

​In 2010 ​It became the tallest structure in Japan and reached its full height of 634.0 meters in March 2011. ​​Be prepared for a long…

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Tokyo Skytree

The Great Buddha

About 70 minutes south of Tokyo by train is Kamakura where my friends & I spent a fantastic day visiting several temples & shrines including the…

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The Great Buddha

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Imperial Garden to National Garden  Shinjuku, created in 1772, was the private garden of Lord Naito after which it was designated an Imperial Garden. In…

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Skytree

Ingenious architecture  Skytree was built in 2012 to meet the digital broadcasting needs of a growing city. The Japanese, naturally, ingeniously turned the tower into…

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Nature destinations of Tokyo

Gardens of Tokyo Tokyo is blessed with fantastic vista – from spectacular views of Mt. Fuji atop Skytree to the magnificent gardens that stand proud…

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National Art Centre

Largest exhibition space The National Art Centre was founded in 2007 with a whopping 14,000 sq. m. of exhibition space. The Centre was designed as…

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Hakone

Hot springs, pools and Lake Ashi Hakone is famed for its several hot spring resorts, locally known as onsen, besides Owakudani, a volcanic zone where…

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Hama-rikyū Onshi-teien Gardens

Treasure trove of natural beauty The Hama-rikyu Gardens are historic gardens which have seen several transformations since its noble beginnings as a Tokugawa shogunate residence…

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