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  • Overview You can't Edit

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    Japan’s capital is a hurtling, modernized city in which fads come and go in days and everything seems to be electronic. Its extraordinary subway system is a test of your traveler’s nous, while its humming shopping districts welcome visitors to shopping themes that could only be here: shops dedicated to dressing as cartoon characters, half a plane being used to promote hair accessories, and even a tiny corner shop with an unsubtle specialization: Condomania.

    Underneath the glimmering façade, however, Tokyo still has its traditional side. You can stare across the clear water moat at the Imperial Palace (but, sadly, get no closer), head to the Meiji Jingu Shrine and gape wide-eyed at the mammoth lanterns labeled with oversized Chinese characters, or watch the cherry blossoms fall from the trees of Ueno Park in spring. At the shrines, grab a fortune, ask for a translation, and then tie it to the fluttering strings for luck.

    At the other end of the spectrum there’s Tokyo Central, where a meal means Sushi grabbed one plate at a time from a tiny conveyor belt, and the local teenagers drift around in costume, never stepping out of character. Check out Shibuya and see the young fashion walking the streets. Explore the Tsukiji fish market – the world’s largest – before heading over to ‘geek paradise’ and snapping up a handful of pages of the cartoon artwork fully grown men like to read on the subway.

    There are so many ‘only in Japan’ experiences to be had that you could spend your entire trip doing them. Head to the Sento public baths and relax for the evening, spend a night in a tiny ‘pod’ hotel, stacked up against a wall, slurp Sake in a pricey bar or take an Origami class in a room with paper doors. There’s the Asahi brewery to investigate, Tokyo’s own Disneyland, and the markets displaying extraordinarily ornate fans and tiny mechanical advices to take home with you.

    Tokyo is huge, and it would take years to see it all. Then again, you can pick out your highlights in a few days, and never be bored for a month. Just don’t turn up with a tight budget.
  • When is good to visit? You can't Edit

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    I can recommend Sundays as "strolling" days in Tokyo, when central thoroughfares are set aside for pedestrians, it is truly a feast for all the senses.  Here are some suggestions:

    • Take in the formal beauties of a Kabuki theatre.
    • Tour some Zen rock gardens, and ikebana flower arrangements.
    • Maybe struggle to stay awake through an entire "noh" performance.
    • Participate in the graceful tea ceremony.
    • Watch the dazzling display of impressive skill in kendo stick fighting, with its fierce battle cries.
  • Early History You can't Edit

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    Tokyo was probably just a sleepy old little village - originally known as Edo meaning "river estuary" - in the middle of some marshland on this broad Kanto plain until the end of the 1500s, when Tokugawa Ieyasu (founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shoganate) moved here and made it his centre in the vast domain that he controlled. 

    When he became shogun in 1603, Edo was turned into the seat of national government. Its castle was the largest in the world.

    Edo rapidly expanded to accommodate Leyasu's 80 thousand retainers and families and the myriad of common people who served their daily needs. By the late 1780s the population had grown to nearly 1.4million.

    The ruling elite lived the Yamanote (or "bluffs") which is on the high ground, to the west and south of the location of the castle. These tradesfolk, artisans, and providers of entertainment (reputable and not so reputable) lived in what could be termed-"downtown" on the marshlands which was reclaimed from the river in the North and East, in Tehari still known as Shitamachi.

    As these two populations interacted, a unique new culture was born. Edo became the centre of power and also the centre of all that was vibrant and compelling in the arts in Japan at that time.

    After 1868 that centre grew even stronger, when the The Tokugawa shogunate was overthrown by the movement known as the Meiji Restoration and the Imperial Court moved to Edo.

    At this point in time the city was changed to Tokyo, which means "the Eastern Capital" in Japanese, to differentiate it from Kyoto (in the west) and then, from that moment on: all roads – political, cultural, and financial led here.

  • Modern History You can't Edit

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    Tokyo has twice been almost totally destroyed in recent times: The earthquake of 1923 and then the subsequent fire layed waste nearly almost all remnants of the old city of Edo, and killing some 140 thousand of its inhabitants.

    As it was rebuilt without any centralised plan as such Tokyo remains a city made up of many sub-cities and neighborhoods, which could be termed even "villages", each one has their own distinct look and feel.

    Those used to the great capital cities of Europe and elsewhere there is no prevailing style of architecture here, certainly no civic core with old imperial victory or rememberance monuments  for a new construction to harmonise or clash with.

    Japan is slowly emerging from the tupor of the economic shock of '92 and the worldwide crisis of '08. Inflation is no longer negative.

    Whole blocks of the city can disappear overnight, replaced in the blink of an eye by new gleaming office buildings, condos, cultural complexes, and shopping centres.

    The one thing that is lacking in Tokyo is "time".  Tokyo is a city full of creative and entrepreneurial energy, a lot of what goes into reinventing and developing itself.  But notice: nobody “goes for a stroll” in Tokyo, and as a traveller you might find it hard to find someplace to sit down outdoors and the Edokko (people born and raised in Tokyo) go by.

    The idea of a long, leisurely lunch is utterly alien. People in Tokyo are in hurry, they are not here to relax - they to want to get somewhere; maybe even if they don’t know precisely where they’re going 100% of the time.

  • Excursions from Tokyo You can't Edit

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    Four easy to manage excursions from Tokyo would make memorable additions to your stay. Two of them to Yokohama and Kamakura- are day trips. Visits to Nikko and to Mt. Fuji/Hakone will be more enjoyable as overnighters.
  • Kanto Region (Hinterland) You can't Edit

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    The once marshy plain of Kanto is Tokyo’s hinterland, the region where feudal warlords set up their military bases and administrative headquarters.

    Their tough-minded pragmatism survives today not only in Tokyo but also in the dynamic industrial zone that has burgeoned around it in such towns as Kawasaki and Yokohama.

    But monuments at Kamakura and Nikko still bear testimony to the region’s history. And reigning supreme over Kanto is sublime spiritual comment on the vanity of all such human endeavors; sacred Mt.Fuji.
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    • Jesus Lifehouse International Church
      2.27 Km from Tokyo
      Jesus Lifehouse International Church is a Pentecostal church associated with the Australian Christian Churches and part of the Hillsong Church network of Churches. It has churches located in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Sendai, Sapporo, Bali and Hong Kong. The churches senior pastors, Rod and Viv Plummer, began the church in 2002 in Tokyo with a team of 10 Australians and 1 Japanese couple. Currently over 1500 people attend Tokyo services with over 3000 people across all campuses. Jesus Lifeho...
    • Tokyo Camii
      2.76 Km from Tokyo
    • Nakano Sun Plaza
      3.16 Km from Tokyo
      Nakano Sun Plaza (中野サンプラザ, Nakano San Puraza) is a hotel in Nakano, Tokyo. The hotel includes a concert hall, the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall. Built in 1973, this concert hall seats 2,222 people.
    • 21 21 Design Sight
      4.24 Km from Tokyo
    • Akasaka Sacas
      4.41 Km from Tokyo
      akasaka Sacas (赤坂サカス, Akasaka Sakasu) is an area in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan, where the TBS Broadcasting Center and the site of the "Akasaka 5-chome TBS Development Project" stand.
    • Tokyo Midtown
      4.43 Km from Tokyo
      Tokyo Midtown (東京ミッドタウン, Tōkyō Middotaun) is a 569,000-square-meter (6.1 million sq ft) mixed-use development in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan. Completed in March 2007, the $3 billion (¥370 billion) project includes office, residential, commercial, hotel, and leisure space, and the new quarters of the Suntory Museum of Art. When completed, the Midtown Tower was the tallest building in Tokyo. The project site takes up 78,000 square meters (19.4 acres) previously occupied by the Japan Defense Agency in Ro...
    • Midtown Tower
      4.43 Km from Tokyo
      Midtown Tower (ミッドタウンタワー, Middotaun tawā) is a mixed-use skyscraper in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo. Completed in 2007, it is the tallest of the six buildings within the Tokyo Midtown complex, at 248.1 meters (814 ft), and was the tallest office building in Tokyo until 2014. The building is home to numerous companies and The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo.
    • Nihonryori Ryugin
      4.44 Km from Tokyo
    • Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
      4.67 Km from Tokyo
      Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (六本木ヒルズ森タワー, Roppongi Hiruzu Mori Tawā) is a 54-story mixed-use skyscraper located in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo. Completed in 2003 and named for builder Minoru Mori, it is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills urban development. It is currently the sixth-tallest building in Tokyo at 238 meters (781 ft). The tower has a floor space area of 379,408m squared (4,083,910 sq ft), making it one of the largest buildings in the world by this measure. The Mori Tower building is pri...
    • Roppongi Hills
      4.77 Km from Tokyo
      Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ, Roppongi Hiruzu) is a New Urban Centre and one of Japan's largest integrated property developments, located in the Roppongi district of Minato, Tokyo. The architecture and use of the space is documented in the book Six Strata: Roppongi Hills Redefined. Constructed by building tycoon Minoru Mori, the mega-complex incorporates office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theatres, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheatre, and a few parks. ...

    Points of Interest near Tokyo

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    • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
      The city Hall complex was architect Tange Kenzo’s magnum opus, arguably the last great work of this career. It was a staggeringly expensive project, and taxpayers have had an ongoing love-hate relationship with its postmodern monumental design since it was completed in s1991.

      The complex consists of a 48-story main office building, a 34-story annex, the Metropolitan Assembly building, and a huge central courtyard. The main building soars 243 m (797ft.) splitting on the 33rd floor into two towers.

      Weather permitting, the observation decks on the 45th floors of both towers offer views all the way to Mt. Fuji.
      Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 163-8001, Japan
    • Japan
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      Japan, 〒151-8580 Tokyo, Shibuya, Sendagaya, 5−24−2 タカシマヤタイムズスクエア 13階
    • Shinjuku
      In the Edo period Shinjuku was where two of the major roads form the west came together. By the early 1900s the area had become a sort of bohemian quarter, beloved of the city’s cliques of writers, artists, and intellectuals.

      After World War II it emerged a son of Tokyo’s major transportation hubs, and today an estimated three million people pass through Shinjuku Station every day.

      The station itself divides Shinjuku into two distinctly different areas, east and west.
      Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Meiji Jingu
      The shrine dedicated to the spirits of the emperor Meiji (who died in 1912) and Empress Shoken. The entrance is marked by two huge torii gates, their pillars made from 1,700-year-old cypress trees.
      Meiji Jingu 1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-8557, Japan
    • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
      Originally a feudal estate, this collection of gardens (in Japanese, French, and English styles) became part of the imperial household after the Meiji Restoration and in 1949, a public park- the ultimate oasis in this quarter of the city.

      Shinjuku Gyoen is famous for its botanical greenhouse, for its flowering cherry trees in April, and for its chrysanthemum exhibition during the first two weeks of October.
      Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden 11 Naitōmachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0014, Japan
    • Yoyogi Park

      The park is remarkable chiefly for the National Yoyogi Sports Center, comprising two stadiums designed by architect Tange Kenzo.

      The park itself was once a parade ground for the imperial Japanese army. After World War II it was taken over by the Occupation for military housing and nick named “Washington Heights,” then redeveloped as the Olympic Village site for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Game.

      By the 1980s thanks to the broad avenues and new subway stops built for the games, this had become one of the coolest, liveliest, and place where the youngest trendiest people live, neighborhood in the city.

      Street foods to try, body painting to see, the in your face-fashion, the photo opportunities; maybe on a warm spring afternoon Youyogi Park might be more fun than any other place in town!

      Yoyogi Park 2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052, Japan
    • Takeshita Street

      Takeshita Street, Takeshita-dori, just across the railway bridge from Yoyogi park, continues this spirit of Avant-fashion with gangs like the cos-play-zuku, groups of mostly female youngsters in manga-inspired costumes and lemon and blue lipstick, turning the narrow street into a lively and impromptu catwalk of the new and bizarre.

      Takeshita Street 1 Chome-19 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
    • Yoyogi National Stadium
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      Yoyogi National Stadium 2 Chome-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0041, Japan
    • NHK Studio Park
      The NHK Broadcasting Center is headquarters for Japan’s public television network-a must for anyone wishing to see how Samurai epics are made.

      The best place for more information is your hotel or the Tourist Information Center which have information on this.  Ask for the “Studio Park” guided tour for the NHK soundstages.
      NHK Studio Park 2 Chome-2-1 Jinnan, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-8001, Japan
    • Shibuya
      When you hear the name "Shibuya", those in the know immediately think of the fashion mecca of youth in Tokyo. This area in the vicinity of Shibuya's main train station is an incredible array of people, lights, colors, entertainment, shopping, food, traffic, bars, concerts, and ..whatever else you can think of! Shibuya is also one of the 23 "wards" of central Tokyo so there is more than the famous station district but for the visitor with excitement in their eyes, the area a couple of kilometers or so around the station is a paradise!

      Many world wide trends in Asian fashion and culture start right here! Besides neon and big city lights, a visitor will see every kind of youth and all kinds of fashion. Business men and women abound as well as hundreds of thousands of people from everywhere. Shibuya ward is large and includes many other famous districts such as Harajuku, Ebisu, Daikanyama, Sendagaya, Hiroo, Omotesando, and Yoyogi. These are places with their own local culture within Shibuya ward and can be researched separately. There are neighborhoods, universities, corporations and cultural places. It is a city to itself!

      The famous district includes Center Gai pedestrian zone, and area that has to be walked on a busy weekend evening. The Hachiko statue: the most famous meeting place in Japan. Start here for your Shibuya district tours! Love Hotel Hill, guessed it! And also Dogen-Zaka, a street full of more of....everything. Shibuya is an ultimate Ward and an ultimate district. There are enough places of interest in Shibuya Ward to keep busy with it's many districts but the train station (huge, one of the busiest on earth) area is the city on fire! SHIBUYA IS NOT TO BE MISSED!
      Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 3.3 50.7 37.9 20
    Feb 4 75.3 39.2 29.6
    Mar 7.2 108.1 45 42.6
    Apr 12.8 131.8 55 51.9
    May 17.2 143.3 63 56.4
    Jun 21 174.9 69.8 68.9
    Jul 25.2 143.2 77.4 56.4
    Aug 26.4 153.4 79.5 60.4
    Sep 22.7 227.7 72.9 89.6
    Oct 16.6 205.8 61.9 81
    Nov 11.1 97.9 52 38.5
    Dec 5.8 56.4 42.4 22.2

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