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 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.
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.
(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.
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 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.
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.