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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...

Tokyo: Roppongi

Roppongi (六本木, lit. “six trees”) is a district in Tokyo that is well known as the city’s most popular nightlife district among foreigners, offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. Roppongi and the surrounding districts of Azabu, Hiroo and Akasaka are home to many embassies and a large expat community. Two of Tokyo’s largest recent red...

Tokyo: Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden

Kyu Shiba Rikyu (旧芝離宮, Kyū Shiba Rikyū or “Former Shiba Villa”) is a classic Japanese landscape garden in central Tokyo, located just next to Hamamatsucho Station and not far from Hama Rikyu, another popular Japanese landscape garden. A green oasis surrounded by tall buildings, the Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden features the typical elements of a Japanese landscape garden, including a pond and...

Tokyo: Tokyo Water Bus

Located on a bay and having rivers as convenient transportation routes, Tokyo has a few ferry companies that tourists may find useful. The Water Bus (水上バス, Suijō Basu) services are an enjoyable alternative to trains or subways when traveling between destinations that are near the water. The locations that are most notably convenient for water bus access are the man made islands of Tokyo Bay, espec...

Tokyo: Zojoji Temple

Standing next to Tokyo Tower, Zojoji Temple (増上寺, Zōjōji) is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region. The temple was built in the year 1393 and moved to its present location in 1598 by Tokugawa Ieyasu who selected it as his family temple. A mausoleum of the Tokugawa family can be found on the temple grounds. Most of Zojoji’s buildings are recent reconstructi...

Tokyo: Sengakuji Temple

Sengakuji (泉岳寺) is a small temple near Shinagawa Station in Tokyo. The temple is famous for its graveyard where the “47 Ronin” (also known as Akoroshi, the “masterless samurai from Ako”) are buried. The story of the 47 loyal ronin (see below) remains one of the most popular historical stories in Japan, and many people visit the temple in order to pay respect to the Akoroshi...

Tokyo: Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills is one of the best examples of a city within the city. Opened in 2003 in the heart of Tokyo’s Roppongi district, the building complex features offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, a hotel, art museum, observation deck and more. The office floors are home to leading companies from the IT and financial sectors, and Roppongi Hills has become a symbol of the Japanese IT indust...

Tokyo: The Institute for Nature Study

The Institute for Nature Study (自然教育園, Shizen Kyōiku-en) is a nature reserve in the heart of Tokyo near Meguro Station. The sights and sounds of the city are left behind when you enter the park. It is a wild, natural and quiet world even though the grounds are located near the Yamanote Line and bordered by part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway. The Institute for Nature Study is operated by the...

Tokyo: Odaiba

Odaiba (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means “fort”), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry. More than a c...

Tokyo: NHK Studio Park

NHK (日本放送協会, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai, Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s public television and radio broadcaster. Its headquarters is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, next to Yoyogi Park. NHK Studio Park is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center that is open to the public. For a small entrance fee, it gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of NHK broadcasting. At NHK Studio Park, visi...

Tokyo: Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Garden Place (恵比寿ガーデンプレイス) is one of Tokyo’s most pleasant cities within the city. Consisting of roughly a dozen buildings and skyscrapers, it features a large array of restaurants and shops including a Mitsukoshi department store, the Westin Tokyo hotel, the Michelin 3-star Chateau Restaurant Taillvent-Robuchon, offices, residential space and a photography museum. Yebisu Garden Place...

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