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Kiyosumi Garden

Kiyosumi Garden 清澄庭園

About Kiyosumi Garden(Kiyosumi Teien) is a traditional Japanese garden located on the east side of Tokyo. The garden was constructed by the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yotaro  and opened as “Fukagawa Shinbokuen” during the Meiji era. It was used as a place for guests and a place of recreation for the employees of Iwasaki’s businesses. Following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the east side of the … Read the rest

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館 Honkan of the Tokyo National Museum.

Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) The Tokyo National Museum holds the largest collection of Japanese art in the world and is currently comprised of four main galleries in four buildings. The museum holds over 100,000 artefacts that are periodically rotated to be displayed. The museum originates in 1872, when an exhibition was held at the Taiseiden Hall of Yushima … Read the rest

Jonanjima Seaside Park

Jonanjima Seaside Park 城南島海浜公園


The Beach.

With planes flying in and out of Haneda Airport literally roaring over your head, Jonanjima Seaside Park or Jonanjima Kaihin Koen is a popular attraction to airplane fans and families alike. You can expect the most dynamic experience when Runway B at Haneda is being used; planes will literally skim over the park leaving a pungent smell of jet fuel exhaust. Usage of … Read the rest

Sunshine City

Sunshine City サンシャインシティ

The 60-floor Sunshine 60.


Sunshine City is a large shopping and building complex near Ikebukuro. Most of the shopping complex is situated at the base of several buildings, which include a 60-story skyscraper, Sunshine 60 and a 1146-room hotel, Sunshine Prince Hotel. Inside Sunshine City, are attractions such as an indoor amusement park called Namco Namja Town, an aquarium, a planetarium, and a concert hall. … Read the rest

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower 東京タワー


Tokyo Tower on a cloudy day

The orange and white facade of this Tokyo landmark was built during the post-war era of the 1950s and has long served as a broadcasting station for TV signals. However, with the construction of the newer and taller Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower has given up most of its broadcasting to the Sky Tree and now mainly serves as a … Read the rest


Asakusa 浅草


Sensoji’s Kaminarimon(Thunder Gate).

Asakusa is an area in Tokyo which is famous for its traditional and lively “Edo” atmosphere. One of the area’s most famous attractions is the Asakusa Kannon Temple (Sensoji) which Asakusa itself is centered upon.

Other attractions include the Asakusa Shrine, Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum, and Kappabashi Kitchenware Town or Kappabashi Dougugai, a district known for its wholesale of all kinds of kitchenware. … 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

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo Big Sight 東京ビッグサイト


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Tokyo Big Sight or Kokusai Tenjijo(国際展示場, International Exhibition Center) is a large convention venue in the Ariake area of Tokyo and is host to many events such as the Tokyo Motor Show and Comic Market(Comiket). The “conference tower” is iconic of the center and looks like a structure with four pyramids facing down. However, most of the exhibition takes place in the West … Read the rest


Tokyo 東京


Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the largest metropolises in the world with over 8 million people living at its heart. You can get a taste of the city’s hustle and bustle at Shibuya’s famous “Scramble Crossing”, yet you can also enjoy serenity and peace in places like Shinjuku Gyoen or the imperial palace.

Trains and buses virtually web the city, making easy access … 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


Roppongi 六本木

The famous Roppongi crossing covered by the Shutoko or Shuto Kosokudoro(Metropolitan Expressway). Yes, it is covered by the expressway just like Nihonbashi.


Roppongi is a famous nightlife district with many nightclubs and restaurants. The area is especially popular with those who want to enjoy the nightlife.

The name “Roppongi” literally means, “Six Trees”. There are two theories as to where the name came from. The first … 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

Ginza Mitsukoshi

Ginza Mitsukoshi 三越銀座店

Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza.


This department store chain may be the oldest in the world, dating back to its founding in 1673 as “Echigoya”. The Ginza store was opened in 1930 and was the place where McDonald’s opened their first store in Japan in 1971(later closed). The 11th and 12th floors are full of restaurants while the B2 and B3 floors offer a wide … 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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