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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.

    We have been to Tokyo many times over the years, and Tokyo tower is my favorite compared to the Sky Tree. Its not as busy now that the Sky Tree has opened and it gives great views of Tokyo. True...

  • 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.
  • Shinjuku Gyoen
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Naitoumachi 11
    This garden, straddling Shinjuku and Shibuya wards has 58.3 hectares in size and a circumference of 3.5 kilometers. It was created as the Imperial garden in 1906 on the site of the residence that belonged to the Naito family, the feudal lord of Takato in Shinshu region and opened to the public after World WarⅡ. Famous as a modern western-style garden, it blends French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden, and Japanese Traditional Garden and visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery with about 10,000 trees each season. The garden was selected as one of the top 100 spots in Japan to see cherry blossoms, and from early February to late April, visitors enjoy about 65 varieties of cherry blossom of over 1,100 cherry trees.
  • Ameyoko Shopping Street (Ameyoko)
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 6-10-7
    Located in Tokyo’s Taito City, this is an approximately 500 meter-long market street along the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations. The street is lined with all types of shops including grocery stores, clothing stores and miscellaneous good stores, and is well-known for being crammed with people buying goods for the New Year’s holidays during the year-end season.

    With the elevated train station sited above the stalls, it indeed makes for an interesting eating place. There’s so much food to choose from that we literally ate from stall to stall. Worth the visit!

  • Hama-rikyu Gardens
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Hamarikyuteien
    This is a traditional garden located in the Chuo City of Tokyo with a unique Shioiri-no-ike (pond). “Shioiri” is a technique of drawing in sea water and using its tidal movements to change the shape of the pond. Hama-rikyu is one of the most famous Edo period gardens with its Shioiri-no-ike and its two goose-hunting places. On the island in the middle of the pond is the “Nakajima-no-ochaya (central island teahouse)” where guests can have tea and traditional cakes. The gardens are a nine-minute walk from Shiodome Station. In spring, visitors can enjoy the cherry blossoms, while in autumn cosmos flowers and colorful fall foliage make for splendid sights.

    I visited in the depths of winter so probably not the best time of the year to appreciate the best of the park. I am still amazed at what the Japanese do to their trees over many decades - turning...

  • Tokyo Gate Bridge
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Wakasu - between the central breakwater outside landfill site
    2,618-meter span bridge traversing Tokyo Bay. Renowned for its scenery and nightscape, pedestrians can enjoy a sweeping view of the bay from the walkway. The bridge is lit up after sunset each day and special illumination patterns are implemented several times each year as well. The unique design resembles two dinosaurs facing each other, hence the bridge’s nickname, “Dinosaur Bridge.”
  • Takeshita Street
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae 1
    Continuing from Harajuku Station to Meiji-dori Avenue it is a popular street to mainly young people. Talent shops, unique fashions and stores crowd the 350-meter street. It is a one minute walk from the nearest Harajuku station. It is a wonderful spot to have crepe in one hand and enjoy shopping.
  • Shinjuku Nomura Building Observation Deck
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1-26-2 Shinjuku Nomura Building 50F
    A building located at 1 Chome Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo. Restaurants, rental meeting rooms, and clinics occupy floors B2 through 5. The 49th and 50th floors are sky restaurant floors, and here you can enjoy a meal along with beautiful scenery.
  • Rainbow Bridge
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Kaigan 3
    This large suspension bridge connects Tokyo’s Shibaura and Daiba areas. It’s a popular place for a night drive as it is illuminated in seven colors, and frequently appears on television and in movies. It’s 800 meters long, and features a roughly 1.7-kilometer, free pedestrian path that offers views of the bay during the day and of the Tokyo skyline at night.
  • Shiodome Sio-Site District 5 Italian Town
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Higashishimbashi 2
    One of the districts of Shiodome Sio-Site, a large-scale urban project in Higashi-shimbashi, Minato City, Tokyo. The district is host to residential buildings and facilities such as offices, restaurants, and an off-track betting hall. The buildings and structure of the townscape surrounding the central plaza are all designed based on an Italian theme.
  • Kiyosumi Gardens
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Kiyosumi 2 and 3-chome
    This Japanese garden is located in Tokyo’s Koto City. A part of the land is known for the ruins of the mansion of the wealthy merchant Kinokuniya Bunzaemon and is a strolling garden with karesansui (dry gardens) and artificial hills. The premises on the west side of the garden feature an open garden that is a popular hanami, or cherry blossom-viewing, spot in spring. It is one of the Palaces of Scenic Beauty in Tokyo, where irises blossom in June.

    This was originally a family garden, that was purchased by the head of Mitsubishi for entertaining guests and employees. The landscaping is breathtakingly beautiful, and serene. It was a wonderfully...

  • Mohri Garden
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6
    The Mori Gardens in the middle of Roppongi Hills are spacious and have a Japanese feel to them. The garden, which stands on the site of the Daimyo Mori family residence, spreads out as a garden surrounding a pond with walking paths. There is a Japanese-style garden where you can enjoy the changing colors of the flowers and trees in the four seasons. Descendants of the killifish that travelled with Chiaki Mukai into space in 1994 on the “Columbia” are still kept in the pond. There are benches on the path so you can enjoy a leisurely stroll in the garden.
  • Tokyo City View
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F / rooftop
    This is an observation deck in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. It overlooks TOKYO SKYTREE, Tokyo Tower, the Odaiba area, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, etc., and Mt. Fuji and Boso Peninsula in Chiba can also be seen when the weather is fine. It has varying charm from day, sunset and at night, and many visitors return time and again. Exhibitions and events are also held in the indoor observation gallery space, “Sky Gallery”, on the 52nd floor. The nearest station is Roppongi Station.

    Great views and we timed to be there for sunset however the digital displays ruin the photographs. The 360 views are amazing and can also see the Tokyo tower.

  • Cat Street
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae
    “Cat Street” connects Shibuya and Harajuku. In the trend setting Harajuku and Omotesando area, Cat Street is lined with particularly unique shops stocking many street-style fashion brands. It is an eight-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station. There are fashionable and tasty cafes and restaurants which are always crowded with young customers.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 2-8-1 Tokyo Metropolitan Government first this government office building
    These are free observatories on the 45th floors of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Main Building No. 1, comprised of a North Observation Deck and a South Observation Deck. These are popular places to take in the sights of Tokyo from a height of 202 meters, including Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Opera City, and Mt. Fuji. They are often used as date spots or destinations to bring sightseeing tourists, and in addition to souvenir shops there are also a cafe and restaurant.
  • Akihabara Electric Town
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda
    This is Japan’s number one electric town as a market for electrical goods that developed from roots as a black market after World War II. It has become one of Japan’s foremost tourist attractions and now there are anime shops and hobby shops, in addition to stores selling home electronics, parts, computers and digital equipment. The number of stores offering goods free of sales tax to foreign tourists is increasing, and every day it is visited by many people. It is only a short five minutes’ walk from Akihabara Station.
  • Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ikenohata 1-3-45
    This is a Tokyo Government-run park located in Taito City. Since the premises with its garden was the principal residence of the Iwasaki clan, who presided over the Mitsubishi zaibatsu, it has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. There is a Japanese-style house based on the classical shoin style of architecture and a Western-style mansion featuring Jacobean motifs of 17th-century England. The impressive balance achieved in the juxtaposition of these two structures had a significant influence on Japanese architecture.

    The house is currently under repair with around 80% covered in scaffolding. I’m afraid you’ll get no pictures of the exterior of the house or hsve access onto the balconies. There is an entrance...

  • Nakamise-dori Street
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa
    Running from Kaminarimon Gate to Senso-ji, this is one of Japan’s oldest shopping streets with a length of more than 250 meters. There are numerous shops along both sides of the street offering famous Tokyo sweets such as kibidango (millet dumplings), kushidango (mochi dumplings on skewers), ningyo-yaki (sponge cakes in various shapes filled with red bean paste) and kaminari-okoshi (sweet rice crackers) as well as souvenirs geared towards foreign tourists, and here visitors can really enjoy the atmosphere of a Japanese shitamachi (downtown neighborhood). The electric signboards that are beautifully uniform are a must-see.
  • Shinjuku Mylord Mosaic Street
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1-1-3
    Mosaic Street connects the South and West Exits of Shinjuku Station. This street, which is convenient for moving around the station area or for meeting others, features tasteful fashion brands, shops selling miscellaneous goods and fashionable cafes. Many people come visit the street during the winter to see the decorations of colorful LED lights known as “illumination.”

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