East Central Honshu is the largest of the Japanese islands and where you will find the capital of Japan,Tokyo. A capital city that is home to the Emperor’s palace, the Seat of Parliament and many amazing tourists attractions and places, that will keep you busy all day long.
Tokyo is a highly populated city that is worth exploring with so many options and must do and see things for everyone. In terms of design and infrastructure, it is one of the most modern cities in the world. The development of Tokyo after the 1923 earthquake is remarkable, and don’t forget the amazing development after the devastation of World War II. Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, but also just like any metropolis area around the world is very adaptable.
There are 13 different subway lines many other rail networks connecting you to all the surrounding areas. There are numerous theaters, festivals and museums which Tokyo is famous for and a must visit coming here. The major professional sports that are highly active in Japan are soccer and baseball. You can also enjoy the traditional match of Sumo Wrestling held twice a year in Tokyo. Tokyo is a city rich with theater, art, and music. There are different venues that feature traditional and modern drama, music and artwork. If you are planning to visit Tokyo, here are 5 places you cannot ignore.
Tokyo Skytree is hard to miss as it juts 634 meters above the skyline. It is the tallest freestanding tower in the world and is used as for several uses but many as a communication tower. Skytree is in the Sumida city district. It gives the appearance of a large rocket ship. While visiting the Skytree, there are so many shopping ventures to be had at the bottom. Many pop-up style places, restaurants and even a park to relax in.
- The Tokyo Skytree was inaugurated in 2012
- Due to the panoramic views, it is the most famous tourist spot in the world
- People visit it for the observation decks and restaurants.
- The base of the tower is like a tripod stand
- There are 2 levels that will allow you to observe everything at 350/450 meters mark.
- Unique glass floors and spiral walkways are the biggest attraction of the tower
- The glass floor looks dangerous and mesmerizing at the same point. give it a try.
- You will love the viewpoint of the sky tree as it gets higher and can see the wonderful views of Tokyo and beyond.
Asakusa is a district of Tokyo which is famous for the beautiful Senso-Ji Temple. Senso-Ji Temple is one of the most popular shrines in the city. Asakusa will give you the old “Edo” feel yet in a modern time. There are many streets to explore for shopping, restaurants and cultural events. The biggest area of course for shopping is Nakamise, where you will find everything you could ever want related to Japan. The entrance is the Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate” and ends at Senso-ji Temple.
Next to Senso-Ji temple is the oldest amusement park in Tokyo called “Hanayashiki. A small yet wonderful park to enjoy a few hours in. Next to Hanayashiki is a covered shopping venue with the Japanese old feel to it. Here you can buy souveniers to traditional sweets, samurai swords and even old Japanese coins.
When visiting Senso-Ji temple there are many items for purchase such as,
- Coms of wood and ebony
- Expensive paper goods
Most of the items readily available too. The shrine is built for the Buddhist goddess of compassion. In 645 AD the temple was established. It is still present in its original form despite being rebuilt several times. An incense Vat is famous here because people believe that it can cure ailments.
Most of the people cup their hands around the smoke. They apply this smoke to the parts of their body that they want to heal. The doves on the temples are known as messengers of Kannon. Many people marvel in these doves and some people use them to get their fortune. During the spring and summer seasons Asakusa is a very busy area, so beware of all the people and wait lines.
Tokyo tower is the only structure in Tokyo that is inspired by the Eiffel Tower. It is in the middle of Tokyo and easily accessible. The biggest attraction of Tokyo Tower is that it is painted in orange and white.It is the second tallest structure and is by far the most famous landmarks of Tokyo and Japan. In 1958 the Tokyo Tower was built to use it for broadcasting and communication and served well until the Skytree was completed. If you like you can visit the observation decks on the tower. Here you can enjoy more amazing views of the city but just not as high as the Skytree. Below the tower there are some shops and food courts to visit. Outside the main entrance is a great beer gardens to relax around in.
Tsukiji fish market
People in Tokyo love sushi and seafood. They would do anything to enjoy quality sushi. If you are planning to buy quality seafood you must visit the Tsukiji fish market. It is the largest fish market in the world. Here an entire variety of seafood is available at the market.
Seafood from around the world is available from salmon to octopus,fish eggs,squid and many varieties of fish. Most of the seafood collection is fresh but for many commercial restaurants with tuna being the main attraction, you will find it is frozen to keep it’s original freshness. There are several Michelin star restaurants in the fish market and you can enjoy all the amazing flavors of sushi at an affordable rate.
You can spend as long as you like in the market walking around watching the daily activities with ease.. Most tourists are impressed by the cleanliness and organization of the market.
The Imperial Palace
The main fascination of Tokyo’s “Marunouchi”region is the Imperial Palace. With its wonderful seventeenth century parks it’s encompassing canals and amazing architecture,it is still being use by the Imperial family. The Palace remains on the site
where the Feudal Lord Ota Dokan in 1457 constructed the principal stronghold. The point of convergence from which the city of Tokyo continuously spread.The Nijubashi Bri
dge leads into the castle which is a wonderful sight walking over the moat area circling around the grounds.
Other eminent highlights
that incorporate the two-meter-thick brick walls surrounding the entire grounds with one of which accents the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden. Only a few zones are open to the general population though. The primary Palace Gardens are just open twice per year to the public, on January 2nd and April
29th.Swarms of Japanese and visitors a like run here to notice the Emperor.
The Imperial Palace and gardens is a nice place to visit to experience the rich Japanese culture and peaceful nature all being in the middle of Tokyo.