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Yamashita Park

Yamashita Park 山下公園

(Top) Yamashita Park viewed from Hikawa Maru, (Bottom Right) Hikawa Maru, (Bottom Left) Inside Yamashita Park


Yamashita Park or Yamashita Koen, is a park in Yokohama famous for its waterfront views of the port of Yokohama and is in close proximity with many tourist locations such as Yokohama Chinatown and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. The park is also the location for a large ocean … Read the rest

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park 代々木公園


Washington Heights – Japanese newspaper “THE SUN PHOTO TIMES (11 December 1947 issue)” published by Mainichi Newspapers Company.

Yoyogi Park or Yoyogi Koen is a huge park full of greenery that sits inside the concrete jungle of Tokyo. Many people flock to the park to enjoy everything from dancing to playing instruments or to just relax. You can enjoy some alone time on rainy days.

Nearby … Read the rest

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park 井の頭公園

Inokashira Park bustles with people during the hanami season.


Opened on May 1st, 1918, Inokashira Park is a park south of Kichijoji in western Tokyo. The park is a popular spot for hanami(cherry blossom viewing), and bustles with people during the spring. At the center of the park is the 43,000 square-meter Inokashira Lake, a primary source of the Kanda River. In Japanese, the park … Read the rest

Shibuya 109

Shibuya 109 渋谷109

Shibuya 109. Proceed to the right of 109 and you’ll reach Bunkamura and Tokyu Honten. To the left is Dogenzaka.


Shibuya 109 is a department store full of stores dedicated to offering mostly young women’s apparel, shoes and accessories. The store is considered by many to be the center of gyaru(ギャル) subculture and an icon of Shibuya. The front of the store also serves as … Read the rest


Shibuya 渋谷

Shibuya at night. To the right is Q-Front with the Starbucks Coffee on the second floor.


A city constantly changing and bustling with people, Shibuya is one of the best representations of the megalopolis that is Tokyo.

Shibuya is a popular spot for young women as it is the place where you can get the latest clothes, whether it be from Forever 21, H&M, ZARA, UNI … Read the rest

Hikawa Maru

Hikawa Maru 氷川丸

Hikawa Maru moored off the shore of Yamashita Park in Yokohama.


Hikawa Maru is a 11622-tonne Japanese ocean liner that was built at Yokohama Dock for Nippon Yusen(NYK Line). It is one of the few large-scale ocean liners that survived the Pacific War. The ship’s name derives from the Hikawa Shrine in present-day Omiya, Saitama Prefecture.


Hikawa Maru was launched on September 30, 1929. … Read the rest

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue ハチ公像

The Hachiko Statue


The Hachiko Statue is a famous statue of an akita dog in Shibuya. The spot surrounding Hachiko is often crowded with people waiting to rendezvous with other people.


The Hachiko Statue is based on an akita dog, Hachiko, who was adopted by a professor who lived near the area during the 1920s. Hachiko came to Shibuya station every evening to greet … Read the rest

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine 明治神宮

Inside the shrine grounds. In the middle is the front of the main building.


The Meiji Shrine or Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Over 3 million visitors come to the shrine during the New Year’s Season for Hatsumode, the first Shinto shrine visit of a new year. This makes it the most-visited Shinto shrine for … Read the rest

Kawasaki Daishi – Heikenji

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji 川崎大師平間寺

The Daihondo(Main Hall) of Kawasaki Daishi, rebuilt in 1964.


A censer at Kawasaki Daishi.

Heiken-ji, or Kawasaki Daishi as it is commonly known, is a temple belonging to the Chisan Sect of Shingon Buddhism. Kawasaki Daishi has long been a popular temple for Hatsumode – the first visit to a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple in a new year. In 2013, 2.96 million … Read the rest

Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport 羽田空港


Haneda Airport or Tokyo International Airport as it is officially known, is an airport that serves the Tokyo area. It is significantly closer to Tokyo than Narita Airport, which is where most international flights bound for Tokyo are handled. There has been an expansion in the number and destinations of international flights to and from Haneda with the completion of a new international terminal in 2010.… Read the rest

Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Garden Place 恵比寿ガーデンプレイス

Yebisu Garden Place


The 39-story Yebisu Garden Place Tower. The building on the left background is the Westin Hotel Tokyo.

Synonymous with the Yebisu brand of beer, Yebisu Garden Place started out as an urban redevelopment plan for the former site of a Sapporo Beer brewery that was located here. Completed in 1994, the headquarters of Sapporo Beer which owns Yebisu still has its … Read the rest

Sarushima – A Natural Island in Tokyo Bay

Sarushima 猿島

(Clockwise from upper right) Shore of Sarushima, beach on Sarushima, Sarushima viewed from shore on mainland, former military facility


Sarushima is an uninhabited, natural island off the shore of Yokosuka, Kanagawa. On the island are several fishing spots, remnants of a military facility, a walking path, and a beach where visitors can enjoy barbecue. There are also showering rooms and shops where visitors can rent fishing … Read the rest

The National Art Center

The National Art Center 国立新美術館


Inside the museum are several cafes.

The National Art Center of Tokyo is a museum in Roppongi, Tokyo. It is called an “Art Center”, because it does not have a permanent collection like most museums.

The museum was completed in 2007 and is the newest of the 5 national museums in Japan. The building was one of the last works of famed architect Kisho … Read the rest

Hie Shrine

Hie Shrine 日枝神社

Hie Shrine main building


Torii of Hie Shrine

This shrine, in the heart of Tokyo, is one of the many Hie Shrines that are dispersed throughout Japan which has its roots in Mt. Hiei, northeast of Kyoto. The messenger for the shrine’s deity is the monkey; thus, several statues and images of monkeys can be found in the shrine. One image of a monkey carrying … Read the rest

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