Tokyo

Tokyo is Japan’s capital city, and the largest city in Japan, not to mention the world. Tokyo is a mixture of old and new, with many attractions such as, the Imperial Palace, museums of art, literature, and history, music scenes, traditional shrines, cherry blossom gardens, and plenty of amazing food attractions.

 

Imperial Palaceimperialpalace

 

 

Guided tours of the palace grounds are offered during the year, although no buildings are entered. The tours are held in Japanese, and an English pamphlet and audio guide are provided. The tours must be reserved in advance through the Imperial Household Agency. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays, Fridays and special occasions.

 

Tokyo Skytree skytree

 

 

One of the tallest buildings in the world at the time of its completion the tokyo skytree is a tower where one can look out over the city of Tokyo. The highlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two observation decks which offer spectacular views out over Tokyo. The two enclosed decks are located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively, making them the highest observation decks in Japan and some of the highest in the world. A second set of elevators connects the Tembo Deck to the 450 meter high Tembo Gallery. Dubbed "the world's highest skywalk", the Tembo Gallery consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower.

 

Akihabaraakihabara

 

 

Hub for otaku and electronic goods. Akihabara is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku fan culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district.

 

Shibuyashibuya

 

 

Fashion neighborhood of Tokyo. Young atmosphere and trendy life. Many trendy shops, and dining attractions, as well as music scenes and clubs. Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers.

 

Harajuku harajuku

 

 

Teen Fashion center next to Shibuya. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.

 

Tokyo National Museum nataionalmuseum

 

 

Oldest and largest museum in Japan. The Tokyo National Museum features one of the largest and best collections of art and archeological artifacts in Japan, made up of over 110,000 individual items including nearly a hundred national treasures. At any one time, about 4000 different items from the permanent museum collection are on display. In addition, visiting temporary exhibitions are also held regularly. Good English information and audio guides are available.

Shinjuku Gyoenshinjukugyoen

 

 

If visiting in early April it is a calm and peaceful place to view over 1000 cherry blossom trees. Because it is so calm at this park, there is a 200 yen cost which is about $1.79 USD. Other cherry blossom viewing parks might be free but those can be overcrowded and loud, leading to a very uncomfortable experience. At Shinjuku Gyoen visitors can view the cherry blossoms in peace and enjoy a beautiful afternoon picnic under the trees.