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Tokyo Attractions

Tokyo attractions have been shaped by events in history. While you can still appreciate icons from an Imperial era, you can also marvel at the astonishing size and style of the modern buildings.

The Imperial Palace with its East Gardens is a must among Tokyo attractions. Cherry blossoms bloom every spring making it an ideal place for a picnic. Its Nijubashi Bridge is the most photographed landmark in Japan.

Sensoji Temple is one of the oldest Tokyo attractions. This Buddhist temple’s importance dates back to the Tendai Sect. It’s also site to the famous Shinto festival. Fireworks and large floats are a big part of this spring celebration.

One interesting landmark leading to the Temple is the Hozomon Gate. At the entrance you’ll recognize the red paper lantern from Japanese movies. And also of historic meaning is the Asakusa Shrine located next to the Temple. This large monument is dedicated to the men who built it.

The Akasaka Palace is also worth a visit. Its Neo-Baroque architecture gives this site an impressive look. This beautiful Tokyo attraction is home to the Crown Prince and the residence for visiting members of Royalty and Government.

Although it’s not a museum or a historical site, the Tsukiji Fish Market is an icon among Tokyo attractions. It’s the largest wholesale fish market in the world. It opens between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. So if you can’t sleep, this is the ideal place to visit.

A fine example of Japanese modern ingenuity is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It’s better known as City Hall and is the tallest skyscraper in the city.

Tip: Try to visit the observation floor when they open in the morning. The sun will be behind you and you’ll get the best vistas of Mount Fuji. You’ll also be able to appreciate the entire view of the city.

Tokyo attractions include a vast array of museums, theaters and galleries. The Edo Tokyo Museum is among the most important. Its gallery of displays relates the history of the city. It’s located next to the Sumo wrestling arena. It’s an ideal site for sports fans.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest of its kind. You’ll find modern and contemporary art representative of Asian cultures.
You’ll need an entire day to truly appreciate it.

The Museum of Maritime Science is a must see. This six-storey ship-like venue is home to interesting displays including one of a turbine engine. It’s said to be its main attraction.

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is the most important among Tokyo attractions. You’ll witness new advancements in every field of science and technology. You might even find a robot to do your housework!

If you’d like to visit a performance hall, then Zepp Tokyo is an ideal choice. It’s said to be the largest in Asia and boasts magnificent acoustics.

The Kabuki Theater with its Baroque design is worth seeing. It’s a principal theater for dramatic arts and another enjoyable Tokyo attraction.
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