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Sightseeing in Tokyo - what to see. Complete travel guide

It is impossible to describe Tokyo in a few words. The capital of Japan is huge and multifaceted. On the one hand, this city is the embodiment of ancient Japanese traditions, and on the other this is a super modern business metropolis. Tokyo has grown from a small fishing village named Edo. Only several attractions from the shogun times remind of the old city. For a long time shoguns were the absolute rulers of Japan. One can feel the atmosphere of the old Tokyo in numerous palaces, temples and shrines. Fans of art and culture will be surely interested in visiting numerous magnificent museums , including, for example, the National Museum , which exhibits the largest collection of Oriental art in the world.
Photogallery of Tokyo National Museum:
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Japanese culture is very different from Western culture. It is multifaceted and often highly original, just like the nightlife of Tokyo, where everyone can find something to fit his/her taste - from trendy cafes and restaurants 25 to extravagant strip bars and discos . Tokyo is also internationally famous as a paradise for shoppers . In this metropolis you can buy literally everything, from the latest technological innovations to Japanese souvenirs or fashionable clothes. Tokyo can also be proud of its culinary establishments. It is nearly impossible to find a person who has never heard of the famous sushi or sashimi. However, Japanese cuisine is very diverse, and Tokyo is a great place where you can explore this culinary direction.
Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple in the oldest quarter of Tokyo, Asakusa, was built in 628 AD in order to store the gold statue of the bodhisattva goddess Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy). This is one of the most respected Buddhist temples. For centuries it has drawn the attention of numerous pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Numerous believers do not even care that the temple and its five-story pagoda are just concrete copies of the original temple. It is believed that the smoke that rises from large aroma lamps set before the temple has a healing power. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The impressive Kaminarimon Gates (the gates of thunder) are known for their huge red paper lanterns and scary statues of the guard. The path to the temple is dotted with small shops selling traditional sweets and souvenirs. During the Edo period the center of the city (Shitamachi) was located here, and so streets, shops and restaurants, located around the church, have retained the atmosphere of the old times. Every year, on the third weekend of May Asakusa hosts huge Sanja Festival. During this event hundreds of Mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines) are brought along the streets of the district, accompanied by a noisy and crowded festive procession.
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Meiji Temple
Meiji Shinto Temple is one of the best examples of the architecture of Shinto religion in Japan. The temple is located in the middle of a dark forest, an unexpected oasis of wild nature in the central part of the city. In order to reach the temple, visitors must pass a huge wooden tower and continue their walk in a wide pebbled path. Completed in 1920, the temple was built in honor of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken - during their reign Japan became a modern country, open to the world. On weekends, the territory of the temple is often occupied by traditional wedding processions. The temple also has a beautiful iris garden that is particularly beautiful in June, when irises bloom.
In Tokyo, there are several large shopping districts, and Ginza is, without a doubt, one of the oldest and most famous. First shops appeared there yet at the beginning of the 17th century. … Open
The Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace was built in 1590 during the reign of Ieyasu, the first shogun from the Tokugawa dynasty. For centuries, the palace was growing, steadily becoming the biggest palace in the world. The inner courtyard of the palace is open to the public only two days a year - on January 2, the New Year day, and on December 23, the birthday of the Emperor. Do not forget to pay attention to Nijibashi, a double stone arch bridge, which once was the main entrance to the palace. During the Second World War, the palace was destroyed, but later, in 1968, it was rebuilt. The walls and moats that remained from the Edo castle of the Tokugawa shogun period were integrated into the design of the present palace. Currently, the royal family still lives in the western part of the palace.
Photogallery of Tokyo Imperial Palace:
Tokyo by Night The East Garden of the Imperial Palace is the location of an old castle of the Edo period. Many years ago the castle belonged to shoguns. Nowadays, this is the only part of the Imperial Palace that is open to public. Otemon Gates serve as the entrance to the beautiful, gently laid out garden. Centuries ago these gates were the entrance to the castle. The garden, which is partially surrounded by the former moat, is the place where inner walls and gatehouses of the castle are located. Besides this, the territory of the garden is home to a tea house, a pond and a waterfall.
Photogallery of Imperial Palace East Gardens:
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Rainbow Town
Rainbow Town is situated on a group of artificial islands in the Tokyo Bay. The islands are also known as Odaiba . This place is often called Tokyo coast of the XXI century. This group of islands is the main point for numerous futuristic building plans. Currently, they are the location of various office complexes, parks and attractions for tourists. The architecture of Odaiba can amaze simply anyone. Fuji Television Center designed by Kenzu Tange, shopping and restaurant complex Decks Tokyo Beach, and Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight) have become the new symbols of Tokyo. One should come to Odaiba at least to enjoy a fantastic view that opens from the fully automated monorail that leads to the island.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Tokyo and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Tokyo
♥   Shopping area ' Yūrakuchō' Tokyo, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Ginza' Tokyo, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Nihonbashi' Tokyo, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Roppongi' Tokyo, 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Aoyama' Tokyo, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Tokyo
♥   Castle 'Edo Castle' Tokyo, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Minato Castle' Akita, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Shakujii castle' Nerima, 15.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kawagoe Castle' Kawagoe, 36.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Sakura Castle' Sakura, 41.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Tokyo
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Koto' , 6.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Ota' , 10.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Kitayama' , 28.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Okitsu' , 31.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Sayama' , 32.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Tokyo and around
♥   Art museum 'Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum' Tokyo, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of the Imperial Collections' Tokyo, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Bridgestone Museum of Art' Tokyo, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Museum of Modern Art' Tokyo, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'New Otani Art Museum' Tokyo, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Tokyo from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

House with Slide

From the series “The most bizarre and fancy living houses”
The house was finished in 2009, the overall living area is more than 163 square meters. Apart from the slide and the games room, the house has a lot of other interesting design elements. The large windows on the walls and the roof, the glass elements on the floor, the various mirror screens and the modern accessories make the atmosphere unique. This wonderful house is perfect not only for the fun games, but also for the study. Inside is the large bright library furnished. … Read further

Sky Tree

From the series “The highest buildings in the world”
Construction of the new tower has become a real national event for Tokyo. During work, locals tried to help the workers involved in skyscraper erection in every possible way. Construction of the tower literally didn’t stop for a minute; every weekend there have been hundreds of people gathered to cheer on the builders and to thank them. Choosing a name for TV tower also became an incredibly responsible and complex undertaking; originally there were about 18,500 titles to consider. Since its opening, Sky Tree became the largest TV tower in the world. It’s unique in all respects and is sure to be an incredibly attractive entertainment complex. … Read further

Sky Tree

From the series “Breathtaking high-altitude observation points with panoramic views on cities”
The deck at the Sky Tree is not only the highest, it is the only area in the city with a glass floor. After enjoying panoramic views of the Japanese capital, don’t rush to leave this cozy place. After a tour, you should definitely look into one of the local coffee shops to taste new desserts by the chef, as well as visit one of the souvenir shops to get souvenirs. … Read further
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