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Tokyo: Ryogoku

Ryogoku (両国, Ryōgoku) is a district of Tokyo where the sumo stadium, many sumo stables, chanko restaurants and other sumo related attractions can be found. It is the center of the sumo world. Sumo events have been staged in this area since a long time before, but until the beginning of the 20th century, sumo tournaments were held outdoors at shrines and temples. In 1909, the first permanent sumo h...

Tokyo: Kappabashi

Kappabashi Street (かっぱ橋道具街, Kappabashi Dōgugai) is a shopping street between Ueno and Asakusa, which is lined with several dozens of stores selling everything needed by restaurant operators, with the exception of fresh food. You will find specialized stores for dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, stoves, tables, chairs, signs, lanterns and more. There are also a few stores which sell plastic and...

Tokyo: Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro (池袋) is one of Tokyo’s multiple city centers, found around the northwestern corner of the Yamanote loop line. At the district’s center stands Ikebukuro Station, a busy commuter hub traversed by three subway and multiple urban and suburban train lines. The station handles over a million passengers per day, making it the second busiest railway station surpassed only by Shinjuku...

Tokyo: Yanaka

Yanaka (谷中) is one of the few districts in Tokyo where the shitamachi atmosphere, an old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo from past decades, still survives. Throughout the district, there is an air of nostalgia and a rustic charm. It is within walking distance from Ueno Park, and offers a sightseeing opportunity different from the metropolitan city feel of other parts of Tokyo.   A short wa...

Tokyo: Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden (小石川植物園, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen) belongs to the nearby Tokyo University, Japan’s most prestigious university. It exhibits and preserves a few thousand tree and plant species and includes a beautiful Japanese landscape garden. Koishikawa Botanical Garden is also one of Tokyo’s most pleasant and interesting places for cherry blossom viewing, because it does n...

Tokyo: Sumida Aquarium

The Sumida Aquarium (すみだ水族館, Sumida Suizokukan) is one of the main attractions of the Tokyo Skytree Town complex that was opened in May 2012 in Tokyo. The moderately sized, and beautifully designed modern aquarium houses over 10,000 sea creatures on the 5th and 6th floors of Tokyo Solamachi, a shopping and entertainment complex at the base of the Tokyo Skytree. The centerpiece of the aquarium is i...

Tokyo: Solamachi

Tokyo Solamachi (lit. “Tokyo Sky Town”) is the large shopping, dining and entertainment complex at the base of the Tokyo Skytree. It features over 300 established and original shops and restaurants, and would be well worth a visit even without Japan’s tallest tower on top of it. Solamachi offers a wide variety of shops that include many unique establishments specialized in goods ...

Tokyo: Rukugien Garden

Rikugien (六義園) is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Korakuen. Built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Rikugien literally means “six poems garden” and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by manmade ...

Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館, Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) is housed in a unique looking building in the Ryogoku district. The museum’s permanent exhibition vividly illustrates the past of Tokyo (known as Edo until 1869) through its exhibits and covers many features of the capital from the Edo Period to relatively recent decades. In an interactive way, visitors are able to experience and learn a...

Tokyo: Sensoji Temple

Sensoji (浅草寺, Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples. The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was b...

Tokyo: National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) is the oldest and largest of Japan’s top-level national museums, which also include the Kyoto National Museum, the Nara National Museum and the Kyushu National Museum. It was originally established in 1972 at Yushima Seido Shrine and moved to its current location in Ueno Park a few years later. The Tokyo National Museum featur...

Tokyo: Kanda

Kanda (神田) is a city district of Tokyo, northeast of the Tokyo Imperial Palace. It is not a prime tourist district, but more of a typical local district with residential areas and numerous universities. Kanda has traditionally been an academic center, and is therefore frequented by young people. It used to be the site of a Confucian school which is survived by the Yushima Seido, a shrine dedicated...

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