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  • Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Ariake 3-11-1
    Located in the Ariake district of Tokyo's Koto City, this is Japan's largest convention center. It opened in 1996 and is used for various trade fairs and exhibitions throughout the year including business as well as cultural events. It is famous for hosting the Tokyo Motor Show and the Comic Market. The interior is mainly divided up into the Conference Tower, East Hall, East New Exhibition Hall, West Hall and Restaurant Avenue.

    Visited the place during an event. It’s huge, you could get lost if it wouldn’t be signs everywhere showing directions. Great place.

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kanda Shrine (Kanda Myojin)
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 2-16-2
    This shrine located in Soto-Kanda in Tokyo’s Chiyoda City boasts close to 1,300 years of history. In the past, this shrine was revered as the Edo Sochinju (the center place to pray for local gods) with a Soujigami (general local Shinto deity) that was the patron of Tokyo’s 108 towns. There are many commemorative photo spots including the impressive Shaden (main building) built in 1934 that is completely covered in bright vermillion as well as the “Chikara Ishi,” which is a big stone that was used by young people in competitions to show off their strength. The enshrined deities are Okuninushi no Mikoto (Daikokuten), Sukunahikona no Mikoto (Ebisu), and Taira no Masakado. The Kanda-matsuri festival held around mid-May is counted as one of the three largest Edo festivals. The shrine has even become famous in recent years for collaborations with anime works.
  • Hie Jinja Shrine
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Nagatachou 2-10-5
    This shrine located in the Nagatacho district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda City is considered to have begun when Ota Dokan constructed the Edo Castle in 1478 and transferred the guardian deity of Kawagoe Hie Jinja Shrine. After that, it became the tutelary shrine of Edo Castle and the deity was revered as the guardian of the Imperial Palace. Since the current shaden (main building) has been reconstructed, there are 123 works of art on the ceiling of the haiden (worship hall) to commemorate the 50th anniversary since reconstruction. The Sanno torii gate built in the direction of Akasaka is also famous for its unusual shape. Every year in June the Sanno Festival is held which is one of the big three Edo festivals, and the approximately 300-meter long festival procession is quite a sight.
  • 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...

  • 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!
  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    Tokyo Mitakashi Shimorenjaku 1-1-83 Metropolitan Inokashira Park In Saiten
    This is an animation art museum managed by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki with a motto of “Let's get lost together.” In addition to displaying materials and storyboards of past Ghibli works, the museum always features various sections that will expand one's perception of animation such as the replicated animation studio and the screenings of short animated films made just for the museum. With a nostalgic building and a route that blends in greenery, this is a place that both adults and children can enjoy just as they please. Entry to the museum is only by reservation and the closest station is Mitaka Station.
  • Tokyo Mielparque Hall
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 2-5-20
    This is an event hall with lavish interior decorations oriented towards Western music and Western-style dance located in Shiba Park in Tokyo’s Minato City. The facility is part of the Hotel Mielparque Tokyo. Equipped with an orchestra pit, in addition to holding ballet performances, concerts, and kayo (Japanese ballad music) shows, it is also often used for school entrance/graduation ceremonies as well as company events. It has 1,582 seats divided into first and second floor seating areas, which are set at an incline for better views of the stage.
  • Nishiarai Daishi Temple
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    Tokyo Adachi-ku Nishiarai 1-15-1
    This temple of the Buzan sect of Shingon Buddhism is located in the Nishiarai district of Tokyo’s Adachi City, and is officially known as Gochisan Henjoin Soji-ji. It is said to have been founded in 826 and is considered to have begun when the monk Kukai (Kobo Daishi) visited Nishiarai and personally carved a statue of the eleven-faced Kannon, the principal object of worship in the temple, to help people that were worried about an epidemic that was going around, and also made prayers on their behalf. It flourished in the past as a temple for women to pray for protection against misfortune, and now as one of the three Daishi temples in Kanto it is bustling with visitors every year for hatsu-mode (the first visit to a shrine in the new year). From around early April there are approximately 100 types and 2,500 plants of botan (tree peonies) that bloom all over the temple grounds, and it is famous as a place to see botan.
  • Ex Theater Roppongi
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Nishiazabu 1-2-9
    A performing arts theater operated by TV Asahi and located on Roppongi-dori Avenue in Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo. The theater is used to host events such as concerts, theater performances, rakugo (traditional comedic storytelling), and movies. The theater is also used for the Tokyo International Film Festival and for live broadcasts of the television show Music Station.
  • Tsukiji Hongwanji
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Tsukiji 3-15-1
    Tsukiji Hongwanji is a building of reinforced concrete construction with a round roof and a big stone staircase. It is an ancient Indian style temple and also looks like a palace. It is a temple of Jodo Shinshu Hongan-ji School located in Tsukiji in Chuo City, Tokyo and was originally built in 1617 in Asakusa as a branch temple of Nishi-hongan-ji temple in Kyoto. Subsequently, the building was relocated to the current building which was constructed to incorporate the designs of the architect, Chuta Ito. The building has been designated as a National Cultural Property. It is famous for having held the funerals of many notable public figures. A theater called “Buddhist Hall” is built on the grounds of the property.

    I was intrigued by my guidebook's mention of Indian architectural influences, so I went to take a look. It;s obviously a modern structure, but indeed it incorporates stylistic elements from India...

  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 2-9-7
    This is a complex facility for lifelong learning located in the Nakano district of Tokyo’s Nakano City. The main hall with its excellent acoustics is often used for concerts and as a venue for symposiums. In addition the facility also includes small halls, practice rooms, study rooms and a support corner for lifelong learning. In the basement is the Nakano City Library, and there is a planetarium in the West Building. Located right next to Momijiyama Park with its abundant nature, this facility functions as a place for interaction among the city residents.

    会議のできるホールというからもっと便利なところかと思ったら、駅南口からあまり広くない道沿いに7-8分離れたところだった。斜め向かいには島忠ホームセンターもあり、結構道は混んでいた。

  • Daikyoji Temple (Shibamata Taishakuten)
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    Tokyo Katsushika-ku Shibamata 7-10-3
    A temple of the school of Nichiren Buddhism in Shibamata, Katsushika City, Tokyo which was founded in 1629 during the Kan-ei period. As the Taishakuten faith increased during the Edo period, it became familiarly known as “Shibamata Taishakuten” and the number of visitors to the shrine increased together with faith in Koshin, “Koshin Shinko”. It is said that Saint Nichiren carved the principal object of worship at the temple, the deity, Taishakuten. In addition to the magnificent Nitenmon Gates at the Teishakuten entrance, Tamonten (Vaisravana) (Bishamonten), Jikokuten (Dhrtarastra), Komokuten (Virupaksa) and Zochoten (Virudhaka) are also present. There are many highlights such as the gardens and the large temple reception hall which is 495 meters squared (150 tsubo -Japanese unit of land measurement). It is famous also as the temple connected with Tora san’s movie “Otoko wa Tsurai yo”.
  • Atago Jinja
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Atago 1-5-3
    This shrine located in Atago’s office zone in Tokyo’s Minato City is built atop the natural mountain Mt. Atago. It was constructed under the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 for the deity of fire protection, and its principle enshrined deity is the god of fire “Homusubi-no-mikoto.” The stone steps at the front are called the “Shusse no Ishidan” (Stairway of Success), well-known for an occasion when a samurai rode his horse up and down the steps and earned the praise of shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. The premises of the shrine are like an oasis offering opportunities to enjoy cherry blossoms and autumn foliage, and they are often visited by many of the nearby office workers.

    This is a very old famous shrine on the top of Mt. Atago. It is up high, so take the elevator if needed. The weekday that I was there, many locals were worshipping. In fact, there was a line. It is a...

  • Suitengu Shrine
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashikakigarachou 2-4-1
    Suitengu Shrine is a branch shrine of the Kurume Suitengu Shrine in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, and is well known for a place to seek easy childbirth and offer prayers for children. It began when the Arima family of the Kurume Domain established it as a branch on the grounds of their Edo land out of reverence to the Kurume Suitengu Shrine. The shrine is bustling with visitors offering prayers for easy childbirth and children, and on the premises are statues including one of a dog with its litter that presides over a 12-year Chinese zodiac for visitors to touch, and a parent-and-child set of kappa (mythical water-dwelling creatures). The cute ema (votive picture tablets) featuring a dog and its puppies is also popular. A festival is held each year on May 5th.

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