Tokyo Journals

Tokyo Highlights - the essential must sees

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A travel journal to Tokyo by becks

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Quote: Tokyo is a huge modern city with lots to see. This journal includes only the most important sights even the briefest visit should include: a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Sensoji Temple, the fish market, shopping areas and with a bit of luck a glimpse of Mt Fuji.

Tokyo Highlights - the essential must sees

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Overview

Mt Fuji Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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In Tokyo old and new, modern and traditional, Japanese and foreign often sit right next to each other very comfortably. Most buildings in Tokyo are relatively new - those that were spared by the 1923 Kanto earthquake were most likely destroyed by firebombing in 1945. Very few structures predate the Second World War although many old shrines and temples were reconstructed after the war in exactly the same way as before. Any visit to Tokyo should include a visit to the largest Shinto shrine (Meiji Jingu) and the most important Buddhist temple (Sensoji). Also don’t miss the high-rise new buildings of ultra modern Shinjuku. Shopping in Tokyo is expensive but a treat with a level of service rarely equa...Read More

Hotel New Otani

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Hotel

Hotel New Otani Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The mammoth Hotel New Otani complex is the largest hotel in Japan. It is also one of Tokyo’s most prestigious and the hotel of choice for delegations from many governments and international organizations. The complex consists of two hotel buildings (the Main and the Tower), an office building (the Garden Court) and arguably the best maintained privately owned garden in Tokyo. Banquet rooms, shops (about 120) and restaurants (almost 40) are spread out throughout the complex and cater to all tastes (except cheap!). A revolving bar on top of the Main offers good and changing views. We once stayed in the hotel for two weeks in The Main in room 444, which is the Japanese equivalen...Read More

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Hotel New Otani
4-1 Kioicho, Chiyodaku, 102
Tokyo, Japan
3265 1111

Akasaka Prince Hotel

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Hotel

Akasaka Prince Hotel Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The exterior of the 40 floor Akasaka Prince hotel is one of the most dramatic in Japan. The hotel is on a small hill and not surrounded by any other high buildings so defines the skyline all on its own. It was designed in 1983 by renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and resembles the vertical folds of a Japanese fan. It is ultra modern inside and out. The inside, apparently also designed by Tange, continues the theme of straight lines and simplicity. In fact many people consider the huge white marble lobby a bit sterile. It is definitely cool and airy. Whatever your opinion on it, it will never be described as gaudy or kitsch. Each room in this hotel has a superb view, whe...Read More

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Akasaka Prince Hotel
1 2 KIOI CHO CHIYODA KU
Tokyo, Japan
81-3-32341111

Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)

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Attraction | "Meiji Jingu Shrine"

Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine) Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Meiji Jingu is the largest and most important Shinto shrine in Tokyo. It was originally built in 1920 in honor of the memory of Emperor Meiji whose reign (1867 to 1912) is credited with modernizing Japan to a level able to compete with the best in the world after almost three centuries of self-imposed isolation. Both the Emperor and his wife are enshrined here. The original shrine was destroyed during the Second World War and the current construction was completed in 1958. In contrast to many other postwar reconstructions in Japan, the original plans were followed and the correct building materials, in this case mainly Japanese cypress, were used. The shrine is situated in a forest like pa...Read More

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Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)
1-1 Kamizono-cho Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan 151-0053
+81 (0)3 3379 5511

Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon)

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Attraction | "Sensoji Temple / Asakusa Kannon"

Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon) Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon, is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Tokyo. Its foundation in 628 is based on the legend that fishermen fished a golden Bodhisattva Kannon (goddess of mercy) out of the nearby Sumida River. The image is kept in a gold plated shrine but is never shown to the public. Approaching the shrine, the first gate is Kaminari-mon - the gate of thunder; the god of thunder is on the right and the god of wind on the left. However, more picturesque to most tourist will be the huge red paper lantern hanging in the middle of the gate. It is one of the most famous sights in Tokyo and makes for great photos in almost any weather. Ric...Read More

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Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon)
2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku
Tokyo, Japan 111-0032
81 (0)3 3842 0181

Asakusa Engei Hall

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Attraction | "Asakusa Area"

Asakusa Engei Hall Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The Asakusa area is most famous for Sensoji Temple, Nakamise and Kappabashi shoppig steets. The incredible variety of shops in Nakamise Dori, the 300 m street that leads to Sensoji Temple, offers everything from cheap souvenirs to authentic antiques and exquisite handcrafts. The price of souvenirs varies little throughout Tokyo, but Nakamise Dori has a variety and selection not equaled elsewhere. Many shops sell rice crackers (sembei) in a range of flavors and often will offer pieces for tasting. The atmosphere here is usually jovial and very friendly towards foreign visitors. Some find the shops gaudy ...Read More

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Asakusa Engei Hall
1-34-12 Asakusa
Tokyo, Japan 111-0032
+81 (0)3 3841 6545

Shinjuka Bunka Cinema 1, 2, 3, 4

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Attraction | "Shinjuku - government, sex, shopping and dining"

Shinjuka Bunka Cinema 1, 2, 3, 4 Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Shinjuku is legally one of the 23 wards (or cities) that together constitute Tokyo, but for most visitors Shinjuku is associated with the bustling area that surrounds Shinjuku station. Shinjuku Station (it is actually 6 stations next to and atop of each other!) is the busiest station in Japan with about 3 million passengers passing through each day. Any time you go to Shinjuku station you may feel alone but you’ll NEVER walk alone in this area! Nishi (West) Shinjuku has the highest concentration of skyscrapers in Tokyo. For some reason the ground in this area is considered less susceptible to earthquakes and of course modern technology makes increasingly higher earthquake resistant ...Read More

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Shinjuka Bunka Cinema 1, 2, 3, 4
3-13-3 Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan
+81 (0)3 3354 2097

Shibuya Hermitage

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Attraction | "Shibuya, Harajuku & Aoyama"

Shibuya Hermitage Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Shibuya is the place to go to see Tokyo’s youth culture, office ladies spending recklessly as well as some of the chicest neighborhoods. An invisible barrier separates the areas but you’ll know it when you’ve changed from one to the other. Shibuya station area is famous as a shopper’s paradise for younger office ladies. Office ladies, or OLs in Japanese-speak, are famous for staying for free with their parents, earning a salary and spending it all on themselves. Many Western magazines have written about them of late, as they are the only consumers in Japan who are spending money at the moment and doing their bit to keep the economy going. Here you can see the latest fashions - fashi...Read More

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Shibuya Hermitage
1-14-12 Shibuya
Tokyo, Japan 150-0002
+81(0)3 5467 5774

Tsukiji Honganji Temple

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Attraction | "Tsukiji Fish Market"

Tsukiji Honganji Temple Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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An early morning visit to Tokyo Central Wholesale Market, more commonly known as Tsukiji fish market, is a tradition among jetlagged visitors to Tokyo. The main attraction is the fish market held in the early morning. The market is huge, covering some 210,000 sq. m. and supplies 90 percent of all fish consumed in the greater Tokyo area. The refrigeration rooms, not open to the public, can hold enough fish to supply Tokyo for up to ten days. Action at the market starts early but you do not really have to be there by 5 am as many guidebooks advise. Around 6 am but definitely before 7 am would ensure enough action. The major wholesale auction that happens before 5 am is n...Read More

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Tsukiji Honganji Temple
3-15-1 Tsukiji
Tokyo, Japan 104-8435
+81 (0)3 3541 1131

Mt. Fuji

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Attraction | "Mt Fuji"

Mt. Fuji Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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At 3776 m Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is also one of the most famous sights in Japan and is often used as the symbol of Japan. This volcano crater may well be the most photographed mountain in the world. From certain angles its conical shape displays almost perfect symmetry. The crater has a distinct circle shape with a diameter of 500 m at the top and around 50 km at the base. The sight of Mt. Fuji, especially when snow covered and etched against a blue winter or late autumn sky, is unforgettable. However, Mt. Fuji presents a headache for tourists and especially to the independent traveler. Mt. Fuji is shy and only visible on about 50 days each year. Sometimes it i...Read More

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Mt. Fuji
Mount Fuji
Tokyo, Japan