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  • Haneda Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal (Big Bird)
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    Tokyo Ota-ku Hanedakukou 3
    “Big Bird” is a general term that refers to both Terminals 1 and 2, which are terminals just for domestic flights at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) in Tokyo’s Ota City. Different airlines use different terminals, and Terminal 1 serves the JAL Group, Skymark, and Star Flyer’s Kita-Kyushu flights while Terminal 2 serves ANA, Air Do, Solaseed Air, and Star Flyer flights not heading to Kita-Kyushu. The interior of the terminals are complete commercial facilities based primarily around shopping and gourmet eateries, and there are also observation decks offering views of the runways and Tokyo Bay.
  • Tokyo Tower
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 4-2-8
    This is a full-purpose radio tower in Shiba Park in Minato City, Tokyo. The tower began operating in 1958, and has remained as a landmark symbol of Tokyo, receiving many tourists from both in and out of Japan every year. Reaching 333 meters at its apex, the tower has a main observation deck at 150 meters, and a top deck at 250 meters, providing a panoramic view of the greater Tokyo area. The lighting of the tower, changed seasonally in various colors, is popular with many. A commercial complex, the Foot Town, is arrayed with souvenir, character goods, and eatery shops at the base of the tower.
  • Tokyo International Forum
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 3-5-1
    A multipurpose public culture facility with eight halls of various sizes as well as 34 meeting rooms. The facility frequently hosts cultural events that help share with the world the unique charms of Japan. The airy Glass Building hall, walled in by huge glass panels, has been awarded three Michelin stars, and is a popular tourist spot in and of itself. The entire facility is decorated with works of art, and visitors can come and enjoy the building like an art museum.
  • Tokyo Skytree (R)
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2
    Located in Oshiage, Sumida City, this is a 634-meter tall broadcasting tower with an observatory that became Tokyo's new symbol when it opened in 2012. There are actually two observatories, the Tembo Deck at 350 meters above ground and the Tembo Galleria that is 450 meters high. The Tembo Galleria has tube-shaped glass walls, giving you the sensation that you are strolling through the sky as you gaze out at Tokyo's daytime and night-time scenery. At the base of the tower is Tokyo Skytree Town, a facility that is more like a shopping mall with stores and restaurants.
  • Tokyo National Museum
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 13-9
    This is a national museum located within Ueno-onshi-koen Park that was established in 1872. Five buildings including the main building serve as exhibit halls, although it has several other facilities such as archives. With an enormous number of collections, it has accumulated over 116,000 items of Oriental art and ancient relics, mostly from Japan. A great number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are also included inside. The museum also holds special exhibitions that run three to five times a year.
  • Meiji Jingu
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Yoyogikamizonochou 1-1
    This is a Shinto Shrine in Shibuya dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The grounds are divided into an inner and outer garden and houses the Meiji Memorial Hall which is also used as a wedding ceremony venue. The inner garden, covered with a rich forest, is loved as a precious green area in the city center. In addition to the majestic main hall, the wooden Myojin Torii is the largest Torii in Japan, and the well dug by Kiyomasa Kato himself (Kiyomasa’s Well—Meiji Jingu Inner Garden / entrance fees apply) is a must-see. Spanning Shinjuku City and Minato City the outer garden has a Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery etc. to look at free of charge.
  • The National Art Center, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 7-22-2
    This is a museum located in Roppongi with the largest floor area in Japan. It opened in 2007 as the fifth National Art Museum in Japan. A variety of exhibitions taking advantage of the exhibition space of 14,000 square meters are held here. It is famous as the last museum involving Kisho Kurokawa, a representative architect of Japan. A unique tea salon at the top of the inverted cone is a popular spot that also appears in movies, etc.
  • National Olympics Memorial Youth Center
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Yoyogikamizonochou 3-1
    An educational facility built on the former Tokyo Olympic Athlete’s Village in Shibuya City, Tokyo to serve as a space for the education and training of young people and persons involved in education. In addition to sports facilities, the center has classrooms, lodging facilities, a convenience store, and cafeteria.
  • Jindaiji Temple
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    Tokyo Choufushi Jindaijimotomachi 5-15-1
    Located in the Jindaiji Motomachi district of Tokyo’s Chofu City, this is the special head temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism and is the second oldest temple in Tokyo after Sensoji Temple. Along with halls such as the Ganzan Daishi hall, with its statue of Ganzan Daishi who attracted faith in the Edo period, and the Shaka-do (Buddha Hall) which enshrines the late Asuka period sitting statue of Shaka Nyorai (the historical Buddha), visitors can enjoy the new green leaves of early summer and the colorful leaves of autumn on the premises. The soba shops in the temple town are famous for their Jindaiji soba. The GeGeGe-no-Kitaro chaya (tea house) which operates with the theme of the comic GeGeGe-no-Kitaro is very popular. The Yakuyoke Ganzan Daishi Taisai (Jindaiji Daruma Festival) held each year on March 3rd and 4th is the temple’s largest event with approximately 300 shops all open during this time!
  • Suntory Hall
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 1-13-1
    This classical music concert hall opened in 1986 in “Akasaka Ark Hills” in Minato City, Tokyo. There are two halls, a main hall and a small hall. In pursuit of “the world’s most beautiful sound,” the main hall adopted the “Vineyard-style” of architecture in which all 2006 seats are arranged like the sloping terrace of a vineyard. The lobby, with a drinks corner and shop, is designed as an adult social gathering place where you can enjoy chatting before the performance. Please note that the hall will be closed until August 31, 2017 for renovations.

    They have open house. Free concert during Ark Hills Sakura Festival. There are many children. Sakura week is so busy at popular places but kind of less crowd. Ark Hills also have things for children...

  • Meijijingu Gaien, Ginko Trees
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Kitaoyama 2
    Famous ginko trees which stretch from Aoyama-dori Street all the way to Meiji-jingu Gaien. This is a popular filming location for movies and TV dramas and Japan's No. 1 spot for viewing autumn leaves. 146 ginko trees form a beautiful yellow tunnel in the fall. There are more ginko trees at Aoyama, which is a great location for a fashionable metropolitan atmosphere. View the autumn leaves between November and December when the Meiji-jingu Gaien Icho Matsuri Ginko Festival is held every year and food stands line the streets.
  • National Museum of Nature and Science
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-20
    Established in 1877, this is Japan’s largest general science museum. The permanent exhibitions include the Global Gallery, which focuses on the history of life on earth and traces the progress of humankind as well as science and technology, the Japan Gallery, which details Japan’s nature and the history of the Japanese people, and Theater 360, which screens films that can be seen in all directions, 360 degrees around. Special exhibitions are held several times throughout the year, and it is a very popular spot with many people lining up to visit the museum even on holidays.
  • Ueno Royal Museum
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 1-2
    An art museum located inside Ueno Park. Since its establishment in April of 1972, the museum exhibited art from a variety of genres, including Important Cultural Properties. The museum has no standing exhibit, instead regularly hosting only creative and unique special exhibits. The Ueno Royal Museum also offers art classes for everyone from beginners to masters.

    For Vermeer, I think audio guide should explain of very precise lighting direction analysis Vermeer did but can't get any info. However they rent with free, so it's fine. They split the entrance time...

  • Orchard Hall
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1
    This is a facility in “Bunkamura” in Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo, where mainly classical concerts such as opera and ballet performances, as well as popular concerts, are held. The hall is able to seat 2,150 people. It is the largest “shoe box type” hall in Japan with a high ceiling, providing rich and majestic acoustics. The buffet restaurant, where you can enjoy eating and chatting before and after the performance and during intermission can be used as a venue for parties.
  • Otori-jinja Shrine (Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair)
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Senzoku 3-18-7
    "This shrine on Kokusai-dori Street is approximately seven minutes on foot from Iriya Station. It's famous Tori-no-ichi Fair has been held since the Edo Period (1603-1868). The shrine's widely known by the familiar name ""Otorisama,"" and it hosts the Yoimiya-matsuri Festival and the Tojitsu-sai Festival annually in November. They give out little rake-shaped talismans at the first beating of the drum at midnight during the fair. These are meant to bring good luck and business prosperity. They also give out oval netsuke ornaments made of pure gold to the first three parishioners to arrive. The shrine is part of the Pilgrimage to 8 Shrines in Shitamachi and Asakusa Seven Lucky Gods circuits that people walk to boost their fortunes. The grounds have stone literary monuments dedicated to writers Higuchi Ichiyo and Masaoka Shiki. "
  • Yushima Tenmangu (Yushima Tenjin)
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Yushima 3-30-1
    This is a Shinto shrine located in Yushima in Bunkyo City and is representative of an Edo-Tokyo Tenmangu Shrine. It is said that this shrine was built in 458 A.D. by imperial command of Emperor Yuraku in order to enshrine Ameno-tajikaraono-mikoto as a deity. Later in the Nanboku-cho period, Sugawara Michizane was also enshrined. As the Shinto god of scholarship, many students preparing for exams pay homage at the shrine. The precincts are so elegant, and they were the subject of works by the ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Hiroshige. From early February at the Japanese plum blossom festival (“Ume Matsuri”), the Japanese plums are magnificent in full bloom on the grounds and the festival is busy with sightseers.

    If visiting shrines is your thing, you must go to this one. Since I am currently doing studies I needed to go there and found the place lovely. If you don't like crowded places, like me, you will...

  • Yasukuni Shrine
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kudankita 3-1-1
    This shrine located in Kudankita of Chiyoda City mainly enshrines soldiers and civilians related to the military who died in service of the country. From patriots at the end of the Edo period and the Meiji Restoration to soldiers that died in combat during the Pacific War, Yasukuni enshrines over 2,466,000 spirits without distinction as to social status, merits or gender. About 400 cherry trees have been planted on the premises, making it a famous spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing).
  • Tokyo Daijingu
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Fujimi 2-4-1
    Built in 1880 as a shrine to worship the deities of Ise Shrine, this shrine is well known for being “O-Ise-sama in Tokyo.” Initially it was located in Hibiya, but relocated to Tokyo’s Chiyoda City after the Great Kanto Earthquake. The main deities enshrined are Amaterasu-Sume-Okami and Toyouke-no-Okami. It is also popular as a wedding venue as it is a shrine that originated Shinto weddings. It is visited by many worshippers who pray for good candidates for marriage. In addition to its main festival held every year in April, there are many smaller events held each month.
  • State Guest House, Akasaka Palace
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Motoakasaka 2-1-1
    This building was built as the Imperial Palace for the Crown Prince in 1909 on the former site of Edo residence of the Kishu-Tokugawa clan. It is currently used as official accommodations for foreign dignitaries from abroad and can fairly be called the cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy. The elegant western-style building, Japan’s only example of Neo-Baroque architecture, was the first post-Meiji period cultural asset to be designated as a national treasure.
  • National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Aomi 2-3-6
    This is a national science museum on Odaiba island. The permanent exhibits cover a broad range of subjects from the simple science questions to those regarding the latest technologies including the earth environment, space exploration, and the wonders of life. The dome shaped theater that plays 3D science films and other three-dimensional planetarium presentations is very popular. The director of this museum is the famous astronaut, Mamoru Mohri.

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