The Capital of Japan, Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Its official name is Tokyo Metropolis and is the country’s capital since 1868.
It is visited by millions of tourists every year and offers an array of attractions, of which I am going to mention the most important of them.
Imperial Palace the residence of the Emperor of Japan
Imperial Palace & East Garden
The official residence of the Emperor of Japan and its garden are open to the public only on January 2nd, for the New Year’s Greeting and on December 23rd for the Emperor’s Birthday.
Only on both specific dates, visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family, who make several public appearances on a balcony.
Meiji Jingu is a Shinto Shrine in the Capital of Japan
Meiji Shrine, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.
To pay respect, at a Torii or shrine archway, bow once when entering and leaving. At the water well or Temizuya rinse your hands and face and at the Main Entrance, bow twice, clap your hands twice and make a wish, if you like, and then bow again.
Sensoji is the largest Buddhist Temple in Tokyo
Sensōji is Tokyo’s largest Buddhist Temple, located in Akasuka. It is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, also known as Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy.
Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping centers of Tokyo.Here the tourist may buy the typical souvenirs and various traditional snacks.
Kabukichō is a Red-Light and entertainment district in the north east section of Yasukuni-dōri Avenue. It is very famous for its hostess bars, love hotels, shops, nightclubs and restaurants.
Ginza is the most fashionable district of the Capital of Japan
Ginza is the high fashion center of Tokyo and features many upscale shops and restaurants. It is considered to be the most expensive real estate area in the world. During the weekends it becomes a pedestrian mall.
Tsujiji is Tokyo's biggest Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market
This is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. It handles more than 400 different types of seafood from cheap seaweed to the most expensive caviar and from tiny sardines to 300 kg tuna and controversial whale species.
Don’t miss the Tuna Auction, which is limited to 120 visitors per day. Tickets are issued in the order of arrival beginning at 4:30 AM at the information center next to the Kachidoki entrance.
Fabulous Disney Land in Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea
Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States.
Inspired by the myths and legends of the sea, Tokyo Disney Sea is made up of seven themed ports of call: Mediterranean Harbor, Mystery Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront.
Yasukuni Shinto Shrine in the Capital of Japan
This is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the soldiers and others who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan.
Akihabara Electric Town
Here you’ll find any electronic product of the world. The staff members master twenty languages, in order to take care of visitors
This is the city’s most popular nightlife district among visitors, with many friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Now they have developed, as part of the complex, many shopping centers and hotels.
Sanrio Puroland is the Home of Hello Kitty
Home of Hello Kitty, this is the second theme park of Japan, following Disneyland. It is and indoor park, permitting the visits all seasons of the year.
Located in Ginza, this unique and old design building is one of the Tangible Cultural properties of the Agency of Cultural affairs of the Japanese Government.
It was the main theater in Tokyo for traditional Kabuki form of theater.
Tokyo Tower dominates the skyline of the Capital of Japan
This is the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower in the world and functions as a communication and observation tower.
This 333-meter structure was built in 1958 as a symbol of Japan’s rebirth as a major economic power.
Visitors can ascend to the main observatory at 150 meters and the special observatory at 250 meters to get a great view of the Capital of Japan.
The Statue of the Loyal Dog Hachiko
This represents a most touching real story.
Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in University of Tokyo, took for him a golden-brown Akita as a pet and named it Hachikō. During its owner’s life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station.
One day in May 1925, professor Ueno suffered a stroke and died, never returning to Shibuya Station where Hachikō was waiting.
Every day for the next nine years the dog waited at Shibuya station until he died 1935.
Hachikō’s legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty, particularly to the person and institution of the Emperor.
Map of Japan showing the location of its Capital
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palace by aussie
sonsoji by arashio1
ginza by carlo pelagalli
tsukiji by greg schechter
yasukuni by bgabel
tokyo tower n/a
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