Tokyo

Activities

Asakusa

Temples galore Asakusa is a destination for the faithful and for those visitors who are keen on an introduction to Japanese culture. Admittedly, this part…

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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Chinatown

One of the largest    Chinatown, known locally as Yokohoma Chukagai, is often touted as one of the largest in the world. Most are descendants…

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History of Tokyo

The Edo Period  Tokyo was known as Edo for several centuries. In the 12th century, Edo Shigenaga, a governor called his abode, Edojuku around which…

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