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ATTRACTION AND SIGHT-SEEING

Ueno Park



Home to an epic number of shrines and temples, museums and galleries, Ueno Park is the perfect place for dipping a toe into Japanese culture. Attractions range from the Tokyo National Museum to the Toshogu Shrine via the lotus-filled Shinobazu Pond – alongside first-rate people watching opportunities. As the home of more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees, the park is a prime springtime sakura-watching spot for Tokyoites as well as visitors.

The Imperial Palace



Explore the wide lawns, castle ruins and guardhouses that span Kokyo Higashi Gyoen. Also visit the walled East Gardens of the Emperor's official residence. Once the site of Edo Castle – the seat of the Tokugawa shogun – visitors & tourist today can take a peek at Nijubashi, the two bridges that mark the entrance to the inner palace grounds. The palace itself is open to the public only on January 2 and the Emperor's birthday on 22

Tokyo Tower




Since its opening in 1958, the Tokyo Tower has been the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower, taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris by 13 metres! One hundred and seventy-six floodlights installed in various parts light up the Tower. The Tower is illuminated with an orange light in winter and white incandescent light in summer, delighting visitors and passers-by.

Sensoji Temple
According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, to the Sumida River only to have it returned to them the next day. This temple located in Tokyo's Asakusa district was built to honor her.

Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji (Fujisan) is with 3776 meters Japan's highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people. The easiest way to view Mount Fuji is from the train on a trip along the Tokaido Line between Tokyo and Osaka

The Meiji Shrine, built in 1920, was destroyed during the war and rebuilt.  Dedicated to Emperor Meiji, it is one of the most popular Shinto places to worship.  The Shrine is surrounded by an Inner Garden of 180 acres (72 ha) which is connected to the Outer Garden by an expressway.

Yoyogi Park
Although you could spend any day here, the most exciting and interesting, from an observer's point of view, is Sunday. The park is enormous -- a former airstrip, army parade ground and site for the Olympic Games in 1964. All sorts of people gather on Sunday, from jazz musicians and jamming guitarists, to martial artists, singers and jugglers. This motley ensemble of characters is fascinating to watch.

Kabuki-Za Theater had its origins in feudal Japan and has long enjoyed the same level of spontaneous audience participation as Shakespeare’s offerings at The Globe. The plays are at least twice as long as Westerners are accustomed to and are a heavily costumed and bewigged spectacle that has to be seen to be believed. Although even with English translations via headsets a Kabuki plot is challenging to follow, those who love the theater will be torn between watching the actors and appreciating the complexity of the elaborate sets which form their backdrop.
 
National Musem and Edo-Tokyo Museum Museums are a great way to investigate the culture, history, art, and achievements associated with a destination. The largest museum in the city is called the Tokyo National Museum with interesting features such as samurai armor and woodblock prints. A wealth of artifacts are also situated at the Edo-Toyko Museum, which is stored within the walls of a rather high-tech building filled with an interesting collection.

FUN PLACES FOR KIDS

Ueno Park although mentioned under the Top 10 attractions, deserves a special mention amongst places for kids.  The park is one of the most popular places to go in inner-city with its 208 acres (84 ha).  The park is home to an aquarium, zoo, a number of museums, temples and shrines. The Tokyo National Museum is the largest museum in Japan.  There are twenty-five exhibition galleries in the main building, with twenty of them open to the public.  The museum is filled with treasures from the Asuka period to the present, varying from Buddhist sculptures, Japanese/Korean/Chinese ceramics and pottery to colored xylographs and lacquer-work.  The Zoo in Ueno Park opened in 1882 thus making it the oldest zoological garden in Japan.  Divided into two sections, the Zoo is connected by a monorail.  The National Museum of Western Art was built in 1959 to house Western sculpture and paintings.  Impressionist paintings by Cézanne, Monet, Manet and Degas can be found. Other attractions in the park include the Gallery of Far Eastern Art, the Japanese Academy of Art, the Municipal Art Gallery, the National History Museum, Kuroda Hall, an Aquarium - one of the largest in Asia, and the National Science Museum

Korakuen Park - The oldest garden in city and one of the most beautiful is Korakuen Park.  The park covers 18 acres (7 ha) and includes a lake, the Kantokutei teahouse, and the Korakuen Games and Sports Center where there is skating, table tennis and other activities.

Dome City - Dome City is a very nice place, if you like breathtaking speed in Roller Coasters. It is a fun place to go to and inexpensive compared to amusement parks in the United States.
The Wax Museum At Tokyo Tower - This sounds like a hokey last addition to the list but its one that kids will enjoy if they’re traveling with you. In addition to the usual line-up of dead celebrities and historical figures, this one has its own collection of rock stars.

OTHER PLACES OF ATTRACTION

Kokugikan
- A visit to a Sumo wrestling match at the Kokugikan arena will make you feel absolutely svelte. This is one sport where packing on pounds is an acceptable conditioning treatment in preparation for beating one’s opponent. Its popularity has it roots in the era of the Edo shoguns.
 
Japanese Train - What’s faster than a speeding bullet? The answer is a Japanese train. As long as you don’t attempt a ride during morning and afternoon rush hours, this mode of transportation not only delivers you with lightning speed to your destinations but affords you the chance to do some serious people-watching as well.

Asakusa - It is a well known fact that the Japanese have always been on the cutting edge of the latest technology. But one of Japan’s first public cinema and photography studio can be found in Asakusa, one of the oldest parts of town. The cornerstone of this district is The Sensoji Temple (mentioned under the Top 10 Attractions) which is steeped in legend dating from the 7th century. In addition to street fairs and performances, arts festivals and parades, Asakusa also has its own ferry service.
 
Mori Arts Center
The first quintessential city experience to tick off the list is finding a perfect view. Not only is Mori Tower home to some of the country's best modern art exhibitions (past shows range from Bill Viola to Africa Remix), it is also a good spot to take in a postcard-perfect vista over a seemingly endless cityscape

Kanda is a district that is famous for its bookshops, and with over 100 secondhand shops Kanda is one of the largest bookshop districts in the world.

City Hall
Built by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, it is the seat of Tokyo's municipal government. In front of the building there stands a bronze statue of the feudal Lord Dokan Ota who built the Imperial Palace, and who is considered the founder of Tokyo.

Shinjuku - Located in the western portion of city, Shinjuku is a trendy and popular jazz cellars, cafés and other hotspots. It also has the second largest shopping center in city with an underground mall and department stores. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a fine example of Japanese garden design and covers about 145 acres (58.5 ha).  The park is also a botanical garden and can be divided into two main sections, Japanese and European. The Japanese section has influences from China, while the European section is influenced by the landscaped English garden and French parks.  Depending on when you go either cherry blossoms (April) or chrysanthemums (November) may be in bloom.

The National Gardens At Shinjuku-Ku - The expansive grounds of this park have only been open to the general public for the past 60 years but date back to the time of feudal lords. Thousands of varieties of trees and plants adorn 150 acres of delicate bridges, koi ponds, jogging paths and sculpture gardens.
Ginza is a bustling hot spot that now has as many commercial office complexes as it does shops, restaurants and art galleries. Entire shopping malls and eateries are located underground to maximize the use of a relatively small land mass.

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