English Massive…this is how we could best describe the sheer size (534,000m2) and the many attractions to be found in this park. Established in 1873, Ueno Park is among Japan’s first public parks and home of some major museums like the Tokyo National Museum, National Science Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Museum of Western […]

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English What’s the best way to hide a hideous and monstrous highway intersection : Just cover it up and turn it into a nice, quiet garden! Planted on top of the roof of the Ohashi Junction, the Meguro Sky Garden is a 400m long spiralling garden constructed on a slope rising from 15 to 35 […]

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English Have you ever wonder where most Japanese restaurants in Tokyo are purchasing those mouth-watering, but fake, sushi and ramen? Well stop wondering since they must have been probably been purchased in one of the many specialized stores in Kappabashi-Dori! Located between Ueno and Asakusa, Kappabashi-Dori is almost entirely populated with shops specialized in supplying […]

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English Hello Kitty may not actually be the most famous Japanese cat after all! It all started in 1697 according to the legend! At that time, before the Gotokuji Temple was what it is now, a poor and lonely priest was living alone with his cat. One day, during a heavy storm a rich nobleman […]

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English Another oasis in this busy city is how you could describe Hamarikyu and its beautiful gardens. Located a few meters away from the busy Shiodome business area, surrounded by buildings and nearby the mouth of the Sumida River, this garden is a typical Daimyo garden from the Edo period. Opened to the public in […]

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English Known by many as the Japanese version of the Champs-Élysées, Omotesando Avenue was in fact originally created in the Taisho Era (1912 – 1926) as the formal pathway to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken temple also known as the Meiji Shrine. Today things are really different and as stated earlier, Omotesando […]

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English By far one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist attractions, the Sensō-ji is located in heart of Tokyo: Asakusa. The Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest temple and was founded in 645. The temple is dedicated to the Bodhisattva (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva) and according to the legend the temple was erected after two fisherman found a Statue of Kannon […]

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English Located a few steps from Tokyo central station and just in front of Yūrakuchō Station, the Tokyo International Forum is one of Tokyo’s best known architectural marvels. Designed by Rafael Viñoly (http://www.rvapc.com/) and completed in 1996, the Tokyo International Forum is in fact two huge complexes separated by a courtyard where pedestrians and businessmen […]

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English Also known as the official beach of Tokyo, Odaiba’s construction was initially started to protect Tokyo with a series of six fortresses islands build in the 1850s. Today you can only access the No. 3 Battery Fortress or Dai-San Daiba (第三台場) which has been open to the public since 1928. Usually empty, this reconverted […]

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English Another Tokyo “gem”, the Yurikamome is just your average commuter train, but it does offer a fantastic view of some of Tokyo’s most beautiful sights including Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Fuji TV all while taking you to your final destination: Odaiba. What I personally like about the Yurikamome is that you are […]

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English One of Tokyo’s most unconventional green spaces, Todoroki Valley is located just 20 minutes away from Shibuya Station and in the center of the densely populated Setagaya Ward. Unlike many other places in Japan, Todoroki Valley is a simple walking trail adjacent to the Yazawa River and surrounded by a very dense forest that […]

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English One of Tokyo’s most famous locations, Shibuya Crossing, a scramble crossing, is located just in front of Shibuya Station and a few step away from the Statue of Hachiko*. Shibuya Crossing has been made famous not only by its atypical crossing but also by its giants TV Screens, many advertising signs and youth fashion […]

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