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Tokyo: Todoroki Valley

The Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷, Todoroki Keikoku) is probably central Tokyo’s most unconventional green space. Located in the middle of the densely populated Setagaya city ward, it is an attractive walking trail, leading for about one kilometer through a narrow, wooded valley along a small river. At the other end of the valley stands the atmospheric Todoroki Fudo Temple together with some shrine...

Tokyo: Takaosan

Mount Takao (高尾山, Takaosan) is one of the closest natural recreation areas to central Tokyo, offering beautiful scenery, an interesting temple and attractive hiking opportunities. Although outside the city center, the mountain is still located within metropolitan Tokyo and takes only 50 minutes and 390 yen to reach from Shinjuku.   A network of numbered hiking trails lead up the slopes of Tak...

Tokyo: Makuhari Messe

Makuhari is a commercial district just outside central Tokyo along the shores of Tokyo Bay in Chiba Prefecture. In the late 1980s, the district was built on reclaimed land in a modern style of architecture and with noticeably organized city planning that includes elevated promenades and walkways as well as wide, well designed streets. The district’s attractions include a convention center, b...

Tokyo: Ikspiari Shopping Mall

Ikspiari is a shopping mall at Tokyo Disney Resort, located between Maihama Station and the Disney Ambassador Hotel. It features more than a hundred shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as Cinema Ikspiari, a 16-screen movie theater. The mall is divided into nine themed zones with a wide variety of shops selling fashion, accessories, household goods and travel services. Two of the zones spec...

Tokyo: Kasai Rinkai Park

Opened in 1989, Kasai Rinkai Park (葛西臨海公園, Kasai Rinkai Kōen) is the largest park in central Tokyo, located just across the Edogawa River from Tokyo Disney Resort. It was built on reclaimed land and developed in an effort to restore and preserve natural Tokyo Bay habitat. The park offers a nice break from the surrounding cityscapes and has a number of walking trails that crisscross the gardens, la...

Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is an open air museum in the western suburbs of Tokyo, which exhibits a range of historic buildings from the Tokyo area. The buildings were relocated or reconstructed here in order to preserve a chapter of architectural history, which has been almost completely lost in fires, earthquakes, wars and city redevelopment. Most of the buildings exhibited are f...

Tokyo: Mitakesan

Mount Mitake (御岳山, Mitakesan) is one of the many highlights of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, which covers more than 1250 square kilometers of forested mountains, hills, gorges and some rural towns in the prefectures of Yamanashi, Saitama, Nagano and Tokyo. Besides a popular shrine, Mount Mitake offers various walking and hiking opportunities in virtually unspoiled nature. Located in the Oku...

Tokyo: Toyosu

Toyosu (豊洲) is a man-made island in Tokyo close to Odaiba. It was created in the 1930s and later enlarged. The famous Tsukiji Fish Market is expected to be relocated to Toyosu in November 2016. The island also happens to be the site of the first 7-Eleven convenience store to be opened in Japan in 1974. More than 10,000 7-Eleven stores exist in Japan today.   Currently, the main attraction at ...

Tokyo: Ghibli Museum

  Important NoticeThe Ghibli Museum closes for maintenance from May 9 to July 15, 2016   The Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館, Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutsukan) is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli, one of Japan’s most famous animation studios. They have produced many feature length films with worldwide distribution such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess M...

Tokyo: Shiodome

Shiodome (汐留) is a recently redeveloped city district in Tokyo, which opened to the public in 2002. Its spectacular skyscrapers accommodate many offices, the headquarters of Nippon Television and a large variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, theaters, hotels and other attractions. Shiodome was originally a tidal marshland separating the Imperial Palace from Tokyo Bay. During the Edo Period (1603-1...

Tokyo: Shinagawa

Shinagawa (品川) is one of Tokyo’s 23 wards, and Shinagawa Station is one of the city’s busiest stations. Its convenience as a transportation hub has attracted many hotels, offices, restaurants and shops to the area. Shinagawa has been catering to travelers since the Edo Period (1603-1867), when it was the first stop on the main road linking Tokyo with Kyoto.   Shinagawa Station is ...

Tokyo: Akasaka Sacas

Akasaka Sacas (赤坂サカス) became Tokyo’s newest city within a city in March 2008. After the success of Fuji Television at Odaiba, Nippon Television at Shiodome, and TV Asahi at Roppongi Hills, TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) decided to also try their hand at integrating their headquarters into the “city within a city” format. Sacas is made up of five main buildings; the TBS headquart...

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