Tokyo

Tokyo

Things to do - general

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Area Tokyo 

 

Overview 

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and in the fore front of fashion. 

There are also many nice old places because the Bakufu(the Tokugawa shogunate) was in this area when it was called Edo during the Edo period 1603-1867). 

You can feeling about the good old days of Japan anywhere in Tokyo. 

・Akihabara

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Akihabara has flourished as an electrics district and now is famous as an epicenter of the latest trends you can get anything there. 

There are many kinds of specialty stores and you can get the experience of Otaku culture by seeing anime goods, old toys, maid cafes, and any other genres. 

If you want some limited edition goods then this area is recomended.

 

・Kaminarimon

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Asakusa is famous for “Kaminarimon”. 

From there you can visit “Senso-ji temple” which is the symbol of Asakusa. 

30 million tourists visit there to worship in a year, making it very busy. 

Senso-ji temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo, but was once consumed by fire in the Great Tokyo Air Raids and reconstructed after that. 

Senso-ji temple is said to have seen founded by fisherman who found a “Kannon-zo”(the image of the Kannon) at Sumida-gawa river and bought it home which became a temple during the Emperor Suiko period 648. 

The Kannon-zo is not displayed so you can’t see it. 

“Kamiya-Bar” is around there, since the Meiji period. 

“Denki Bran”(brand name (a cocktail of brandy, gin, wine, curacao, and herbs)) has been  the rage. 

It is rcommended for someone who wants to get lost in the Japan of modern times. 

 

・Shinjuku Gyoen 

(photo by flickr)

Shinjuku Gyoen is a 10 minute walk from JR Shinjuku station. 

It is like an oasis in the city and the park is under the Ministry of the Environment control (official name : National Garden Shinjuku Gyoen).  

You can enjoy several seasonal expressions in this Japanese garden nthat also has  French style scenes and English style scenes. 

 

・Hamarikyu Gardens  

Hmarikyu Gardens located Chuo-ku in Tokyo is a place of special scenic beauty designated by the government. 

Also it was the garGen of the Tokugawa family during the Edo period. 

Now, the garden has been open to public since 1946. 

After the Meiji Restoration the garden was changed to a detached place for the Imperial house hold. 

The view focuses on  “Shioirinoike”((shioiri means incoming tide) shioiri pond is an inner tidal pool). 

Sea water is pulled into this pond pond is the only of its kind in Tokyo. 

“Otsutaibashi”(a long bridge connects “Konojishima” with “Nakashima”) connects to “Nakashima”(island in the pond) in the pond. 

You can enjoy matcha in the nice scenery at the “Ochaya”(teahouse) on the “Nakasnhima”. 

 

・Ryogoku Kokugikan 

Ryogoku Kokugikan is famous for Sumo wrestling. 

Ryogoku is a Sumo town where you can see Sumo wrestler wearing yukata(an informal cotton kimono) while walking in the city. 

The ”Ozumo”(Grand Sumo Tournament) is held six times a year. 

It is held at Ryogoku Kokugikan in January, May, and September. 

It is always very crowded with many Sumo fans during the tournaments. 

 

・Kabuki-za 

In2013  this Kabuki-za(Kabuki theater) was reopened for the fifth time. 

The first Kabuki-zawas opened in 1889. 

It was rebuilt after the Great Kanto Earthquake disaster and recently after the building deteriorated. 

Kabuki is one of the Japanese traditional performing arts. 

You can enjoy monthly Kabuki repertories with more than 700 performances at the Kabuki-za. 

 

 

 

Power Spot Info

Introducing the core temples and shrines

 

 

・Meiji shrine 

Meiji jingo shrine is in shibuya-ku.

It is known best as a shrine for Hstsumode(the practice of visiting a shrine or temple during the New Year) in Japan.

It was established in1920.

It is adjacent to Yoyogi park and full of nature.

An enshrined deity called “Meotokusu” gives blessings for good relationships and harmonious marriage.

 

・Kanda shrine 

Kanda myojin shrine’s official name is “Kanda jinja shrine” and is located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.

There are three major kami enshrined (Ichinomiya, Ninomiya,Sannomiya) and are “Onamuchinomikoto”(also called “Daikokuten”), “Sukunahikonanomikoto” (also called “Ebisu”), and “Tairanomasakadonomikoto”(also called “Masakadosama”).

This shrine is the place to pray for good relationships, good commerce, and protection from evil.

You can get all of these blessings.

In recent years, various people visited there because it is the setting for anime.

 

 

・Tokyo Daijingu shrine 

Tokyo Daijingu shrine is also called “Oisesama of Tokyo” and is located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.

This shrine holds wedding ceremonies according to shrine rites and gained popularity with many couples who want that style of wedding.

The known enshrined deities of Isejingu-shrine are “Amaterasusumrookami” and “Toyoukenoookami” who are especially famous for giving blessings for good relationships.

 

・Ueno Daibutsu 
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Many students visit Ueno Daibutsu to pray for success for school examinations.

The lucky charm shaped like a pentagon (gokakukei) is based on a pun for the Japanese ward “Gokaku”(success).

The daibutsu has a face that is rare because some things happened to him.

His head fall off during the Great Kanto Earthquake and his head and body were surrendered during World WarⅡ.

Now the daibutsu became a “success Daibutsu” because he will not fall anymore.

 

・Ryusen-ji temple (Meguro Fudoson) 
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Ryusen-ji temple also called Meguro Fudo (“Black-eyed Fudo).

It was a tourist resort for ordinary people.

The three most famous Fudo in Japam are Narita Fudo, Kihara Fudo, and Meguro Fudo.

It is counted as one of the “Edonosantomi”(Three major Tomikuji) because they offer fortunes tickets (Tomikuji) and it is said that bathing in the cold water of “Tokko no taki”(water fall) heals the sick.

 

・Hie shrine 
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Hie shrine is located in Akasaka and enshrineds “Ohoyamakuhinokami”.

It is the god of water, mounteins, and benefits industrial development.

Visitors pray for good commerce, “shaun ryusho”(the flourishing companies), protection from evil, and easy delivery.

It is a very popular shrine.

Culture and History Info

Tokugawa Ieyasu (Shogun 1603-1605) began the Edo bakufu and the Edo era started.

Then the capital was in Kyoto but the government was in Edo castle so gradually political functions moved to Edo.

After the Edo bakufu was overthrown Edo became Tokyo-fu(Tokyo prefecture) in 1868.

Emperor Meiji moved the Imperial Palace to Tokyo castle(Edo castle) and the capital became  Tokyo.

Tokyo-fu became Tokyo-to during World WarⅡ1943.

Tokyo was burned by the Great Tokyo Air Raids during World WarⅡ but Tokyo was rebuilt postwar as a top priority so economy grew super rapidly.

It was especially true of Japan in the post World WarⅡ period.

Tokyo still has many reminders of the Edo period everywhere in Tokyo.

You can get the feeling of ancient times and the ancient life from shrines, ,temples, and museums.

 

・Imperial Palace 
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“Gosho”(Imperial Palace and the home of the Emperor) is located in Chiyoda.

Edo castle and the Tolugawa shogunate were here during the Edo period.

It is full of nature in the center of Tokyo and a popular spot for someone who enjoys walking and jogging around the moat.

 

 

・Edo Tokyo Museum 

It is also called “Edohaku” and opened close to JR Ryogoku station in1993.

You can see 400 years of Tokyo history with detailed permanent exibitions.

Some displays and dioramas reproduce scenes shown in original picture.

There are many main attraction there.

 

・Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum 

This museum is in Koganei park.

Some buildings from Edo to pre war period were moved here and reconstructed.

You can see various buildings of those times and you can get the feeling of life at the time when you go inside the buildings.

You will not able to experience that anywhere else.

 

・Sitamachi Museum 

This is a part of Ueno park and close to Shinobazu pond.

It reproduces life in the Ueno and Asakusa areas from the Meiji to Showa period.

You can visit Nagaya(terrace house) and Mom-and-Pop candy stores.

There are popular exhibitions and also you can play old toys.

Unfortunately there are no accommodations at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.