Tokyo: the best sights of shining Japan

Tokyo: the best sights of shining Japan

Tokyo has come a long way from a shogunate-era fishing village to a magnificent capital. This city is full of color and plenty of sights and experiences. From its dazzling skyline of neon signs, high-rise buildings and futuristic infrastructure to its passion for new trends, pop culture and delightful pursuit of the future, this hard-working city knows how to surprise. Nevertheless, in its maze of sleek structures, Tokyo still finds room to develop its Shogun era symbols, manifesting in timeless shrines and temples, old shopping towns with sophisticated artistry and family-run stores that coexist alongside commercial modern centers . Tokyo also largely rules the culinary world: there are more Michelin-starred restaurants here than in any other city in the world. Here are some of the most interesting sights in Japan’s shining capital.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

“Soaring Civic Pride.” This tall building overlooking the cosmopolitan expanse of Tokyo is an architectural marvel . The Kenzo Tange-designed building, with its two distinctive towers, was the tallest building in Tokyo until 2006, when it lost its title in favor of the Midtown Tower. The huge building, built in 1990, occupies three city blocks , with its computer chip design, has been called a beacon of technological progress, embodying the modern power for which the city is famous. The building itself is stunning and topped with observation decks that offer a dynamic view of the city spreading out below. The gigantic scale of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is in keeping with the enormous scope of its functions; it is from here that all 23 districts as well as various cities and villages of Tokyo are governed.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Samboji Temple

“Pilgrimage of 88 Steps.” This Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect (meaning “True Word”) is believed to have been founded in 1477. The attraction here is the repetition of a tour often taken by pilgrims to Shikoku Island, with stops at 88 different holy sites. The stones in this Tokyo temple represent each of the Shikoku stops on this pilgrimage. The temple grounds include a gate that once belonged to Kaisu Katsu, a Meiji-era naval minister.

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Samboji Temple

Hall of Anachronisms

“Matter Out of Place. This unique museum offers visitors the opportunity to test their knowledge of history and their logical skills with stunning interactive exhibits. The long hall is divided into sections, each recreating an important event in world history. Visitors are encouraged to find historical errors in each exhibit, some of which involve special knowledge (ancient Roman saddles didn’t have stirrups) and some that simply require common sense (ancient Roman soldiers didn’t have potato chips). Each scene contains at least 10 mistakes, and the exhibits change monthly. For those planning a trip with a group, the museum’s event organizers can customize it and offer prizes to the best history connoisseurs. Past themed exhibitions have included Hollywood movies and Japanese anime .

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Shinjuku Golden Gai.

“Spirit of the Past, and Tourists.” The Shinjuku Golden Guy neighborhood, dotted with narrow alleys and dilapidated buildings, is one of the few neighborhoods that still evokes Tokyo’s past . Unlike much of the city, which has been reconstructed, this neighborhood is like a time capsule that continues to exist in its original state. Tiny and dilapidated bars are the reason for Golden Gai’s tourist fame, strange as it may seem. This reputation comes from the distinctive architectural features of these bars, against the backdrop of commercial and developed Shinjuku. Most of the bars seat five to six people at a time and are designed for those who don’t mind contact with other people. Local celebrities and artists flock to the area, which makes Shinjuku Golden Guy even more enticing, with such a unique clientele. Here you can snack on traditional Japanese dishes such as the famous barbecue chicken yakitori and enjoy drinks in expensive bars. We also recommend watching a comedy show at the area’s mini-hall.

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Shinjuku Golden Gai.

Cha Cha Hana

“Japanese Cuisine. This small restaurant serves exquisite traditional Japanese cuisine. The decor is simple but elegant with an oriental flavor. Those who will be vacationing in Tokyo should definitely visit this institution . Tempura with Camembert cheese is one of the first dishes to try. The menu is dominated by such delicacies as grilled Japanese yams and potato dumplings stuffed with scallops. An extensive assortment of spirits will add to the sophistication of dinner .

Samurai Museum

“Samurai History. For many years in Japan, the samurai have been an iconic symbol of war, bravery, strength and manhood. The Samurai Museum is the perfect place for those who want to see the legendary fighters, listen to stories about the origins of the samurai, and the stories associated with them. The museum houses a breathtaking collection of samurai warfare items, their costumes, evolution, and other details. Established in 2015, the place is the perfect way for locals and tourists alike to experience this era of Japanese history.

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Samurai Museum

Shinjuku District

“Merging with the Crowd.” No matter when you come here, the Shinjuku area will always be teeming with enthusiastic locals and tourists. Shoppers, hipsters, and people looking for a good bar flock here, so it’s no surprise that the busiest train station in the world, Shinjuku Station, is located here. The area is home to Japan’s oldest department store, Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Alcott, without which a visit to Shinjuku would not be complete.

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Shinjuku District

Seiji Togo Memorial Yasuda Kasai Art Museum

“House of Famous Sunflowers.” Some of the world’s finest works of European art have migrated to Japan over the past few decades. Widespread news coverage accompanied this museum’s acquisition of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, which were purchased for an astronomical sum of money . Sunflowers make up the bulk of the collection, which includes works by the Japanese surrealist Seiji Togo and various Western impressionist artists. The museum has a small but beautiful and unique collection of works .

Kaliko Shinjuku Cat Cafe

“Delicious snacks and furry friends. The relaxing atmosphere and abundance of adorable creatures make Kaliko Shinjuku Cat Cafe a must-visit for animal lovers. Here, visitors will find light and tasty snacks on the menu not only for themselves, but they can also buy a snack for their furry friend, which virtually guarantees a friendly customer experience when they arrive. Books and comic books are also available for visitors looking for a more passive pastime. It’s worth noting that children under the age of 12 are not allowed in Calico Shinjuku Cafe, and children between the ages of 12 and 15 must present a passport at the entrance .

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Kaliko Shinjuku Cat Cafe

Ueno Zoo

“One of the oldest zoos in Japan.” Over 100 years old, the Ueno Zoological Garden contains many birds, Siberian tigers, monkeys, gorillas, giant pandas, giraffes, and other animals from around the world. A monorail connects two separate areas in the zoo, and there is a children’s zoo in the southern part. A pagoda-like structure at one end of the park adds a bit of Japanese history to the mix. This attraction, which neatly combines history and wildlife, will give children a special treat.

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Ueno Zoo

Tokyo National Museum

“A Treasure of Cultural Heritage. The Tokyo National Museum features many sculptures, paintings, calligraphy, archaeological objects, and other objects of arts and crafts . The museum’s collections, widely divided into Japanese, Chinese and Korean forms, represent nothing less than an artistic preservation of Asian history and culture. Exhibitions, lectures and talks in the galleries are held regularly, so visitors can access some valuable information about the world’s largest continent . The museum also holds historical documents from the 10th and 11th centuries.

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Attractions in Tokyo

Palace Square Tokyo Disneyland Rainbow Bridge Mount Fuji Alley of Stars Koishikawa Garden Korakuen Park Ueno Tokyo subway

This site contains Tokyo attractions – photos, descriptions, and travel tips. The list is based on popular guidebooks and presented by type, name and rating. Here you’ll find answers to questions: what to see in Tokyo, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places in Tokyo.

Palace Square

Palace Square (photo)

Palace Square in Tokyo is the historical center of the city. It is located in front of the Kokyo Imperial Palace, the current residence of the emperor.

The square overlooks two bridges that connect the two parts of the palace – the outer and the inner. The first bridge is called the “eye bridge” in Japanese because of its shape. The second is called “double bridge” because it has two levels.

The square in front of the palace is considered one of the most popular resting places of the citizens. Tourists are attracted by the small well in the center of the square where, according to legend, you need to throw a coin for good luck.

Coordinates: 35.68783600,139.75735500

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland (photo)

The Tokyo theme park has an impressive, nearly 30-year history, as well as a DisneySea companion park, a shopping complex and several hotels located directly within Disneyland.

Once the park became the very first foreign copy of Disneyland in the United States, founded by Walt himself, and already in 1983 the first visitors flocked here, attracted by the fame of the famous animator combined with the exoticism of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Japanese Disneyland is so huge and full of entertainments that you should go here at least for a couple of days, and better – for a week at once in order not to hurry to try all the attractions of each thematic part (for example, Animal Land or Fantasy Land), ride the monorail train around the whole territory and surely (according to the old Disney tradition) take a picture with Mickey Mouse.

Coordinates: 35.63679000,139.88170000

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Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow bridge (photo)

The 798-meter-long suspension Rainbow Bridge at the north end of Tokyo Bay connects Odaiba Island to the Shibauri Shipyards.

The bridge’s two central towers hold up the 580-meter-long central span. The white color of the towers harmonizes with the panorama of Tokyo from the island of Odaiba.

The Rainbow Bridge got its name from the night lighting of white, green and red. Lamps placed on the frame of the structure, accumulate solar energy during the day in order to paint one of the most famous structures of the Japanese capital in bright colors at night.

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Pedestrians can cross the bridge by two different passageways on the lower tier. One of them faces north and allows you to enjoy the scenery of Tokyo’s inner harbor, while on clear days you can see Mount Fuji from the south side.

Coordinates : 35.63638900,139.76361100

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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji (photo)

Fuji used to be an actively active volcano, but after 1708 eruptions stopped. In the past, it was believed that the mountain was inhabited by spirits, and to climb it was only possible by performing religious rituals. And women and not at all allowed – at least until 1872. Now all these prohibitions and dangers are gone, so everyone must see Japan from the edge of the crater at least once in their life.

The graceful, symmetrical face of Mount Fuji has been a source of inspiration for many poets and artists. Who knows, you might be able to draw an engraving or write a poem just as good as the acknowledged Japanese geniuses when you climb to the top. Climbing to the top is possible only in July and August. It is not so easy, because the slopes of the mountain are strewn with volcanic ash, which is just striving to drag down after them. The trip takes five to seven hours. One can start in the afternoon and spend the night halfway there, but it’s better to start late at night and see the sunrise at the summit. Then you will see real beauty in the mirrors of mountain lakes, and iridescent morning haze will be the best reward.

Coordinates: 35.36326100,138.73159300

Alley of Stars.

Avenue of Stars (photo)

Just like Hollywood, Tokyo has its own Walk of Stars. It is located next to the local national museum. On the paving tiles are many casts of human hands. They are the prints of famous and prominent people of Japan.

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (photo)

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is the oldest landscaped Japanese garden in Tokyo.

Its construction began in 1629 under the Shogun Tokugawa Yerifusa and was completed under his successor.

The garden reproduces Japanese and Chinese landscapes in miniature, using water bodies, stones, plants and creating artificial hills. Thus, as you stroll through the park, you can visit the sacred Mount Fujiyama, Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the famous Western Lake in China.

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The garden is especially attractive during the second half of November when the leaves are falling, in February when the Plum Festival is held, and in April when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

Coordinates : 35.70512300,139.74891900

Ueno Park

Ueno Park (photo)

Ueno is the most famous and most visited park in the Japanese capital and was established in 1873. It is the center of cultural and scientific life of the city.

It is a wonderful place to relax among traditional Japanese plants, as well as flora of other countries. On the territory of Ueno Park is the oldest zoo, which has more than a thousand animals.

Today, Ueno Park is a reserve of museums. Located here the Tokyo National Museum keeps amazing examples of Japanese art, a rich collection of works of European artists and sculptors is the National Museum of Western Art, within the walls of the Tokyo City Museum of Art held various exhibitions. There are also the National Museum of Nature and Science and the Metropolitan Festival Hall concert hall.

Among the famous structures of the park is also the temple of the goddess Kannon, to whom barren women pray. According to tradition, married couples who have a child bring a doll as a gift to the goddess. These dolls are burned once a year, on September 25th, as a sacrifice to the Goddess.

Coordinates: 35.71484500,139.77411100

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Tokyo Subway

Tokyo subway (photo)

The Tokyo subway is the largest subway in terms of passenger traffic per year.

Construction of the subway began in 1920, and in 1925 already earned the first branch, which connected the station Asakusa and Ueno.

Currently, the largest subway station is Shinjuku. It passes through more than two million people a day.

The Tokyo subway has two hundred and ninety stations, which are operated by two major operators.

The subway cars have heated seats. Stops are announced in both Japanese and English.

An interesting fact is that because of the huge passenger traffic in the Japanese subway, there is a position of oshii. It is a special person who is trained to push passengers into overcrowded cars.

Coordinates : 35.68937000,139.69110500

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