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  • Ueno Zoo
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 9-83
    This urban zoo located in Taito City’s Ueno-onshi-koen Park is Japan’s oldest zoo, having opened in 1882. Inside are more than 500 types of animals, and it is most famous for giant panda in particular. The zoo is breeding and displaying the world’s three rarest animals that include the pygmy hippopotamus and okapi as well as the panda. From the 1990s the animal enclosures were refurbished to provide a space for patrons to see animals in more natural surroundings.

    An old fashioned type of zoo. Even the rhinoceros had a very small, concrete enclosure. The queue to see the pandas was an hour and a half long but it was a public holiday.

  • 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.

    this place is famous for tourists to come for eating and shopping street. you can find everything from here. it like as china town of Tokyo. but the price of goods, you need to check. some times it...

  • Asakusa Shrine
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 2-3-1
    This shrine is located next to the main hall of Senso-ji. Since it primarily enshrines the three deities Hinokuma-hamanari-no-mikoto, Hinokuma-takenari-no-mikoto, and Hajin-matsuchi-no-mikoto, it is referred to as “Sanja Gongen Shrine” and “Sanja Sama.” The hall of worship, the hall of offerings and the inner sanctuary of the current shrine, completed in 1649, have all been designated by the Japanese government as Important Cultural Properties. The Sanja Matsuri held regularly every year on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May is famous for its dynamic mikoshi (portable shrine) and long procession of people.

    This is a very impressive shinto shrine located in the Asakusa district of Toyko. It is a very colorful and historical shrine in Asakusa. The shrine itself is located within a complex of other...

  • 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.
  • Ryogoku Kokugikan
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Yokoami 1-3-28
    Called the Ryogoku Kokugikan, this is widely known as a venue for sumo competitions. It can accommodate more than 10,000 spectators and hosts various events besides sumo including pro-wrestling, boxing and concerts. Inside the venue’s shop visitors can purchase sweets and original merchandise featuring sumo motifs even when an official sumo tournament is not being held. The facility also houses the Sumo Museum where visitors can see color prints and ornamental aprons, as well as photos of past yokozuna champions.

    Experiencing sumo Wrestling was one of the best memories. The tradition behind the wrestling matches takes some getting used to but its still great to watch. The day is long, the seats are...

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 8-36
    Located within Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Park) in Tokyo’s Taito City, this is Japan’s first national art museum and opened in 1926. With a goal of serving as an entrance to art for Tokyo’s citizens, it hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year such as special exhibitions jointly sponsored with media outlets, competitions arranged through art organizations, and collection exhibits that primarily include works of calligraphy. The facility also includes a café where guests can enjoy beverages and light meals, a restaurant that takes pride in its authentic roast beef, and a museum shop.

    The special exhibit was the well-known Gustave Klimt. Id seen quite a few of his works before but this was extensive and very educational about his history and philosophy. Not all of his...

  • Kameido Tenjin Shrine
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Kameido 3-6-1
    This shrine located in the Kameido district of Tokyo’s Koto City venerates the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane. It is also called Tozaifu Tenmangu in respect to Kyushu’s Dazaifu Tenmangu. As Michizane is a god of scholarship, the shrine is popular with students preparing for examinations in the winter. On the premises are many spots related to Michizane and Dazaifu Tenmangu such as fude-zuka (mounds built to hold a service for worn-out writing brushes) and shingyu (divine oxen). Famous for its flowers that bloom in different seasons, it has a wisteria festival from the end of April and is the best place to see wisteria in Tokyo where visitors can view the flowers all over the grounds. Along the path to the shrine from Kameido Station, the town streets overflow with the atmosphere of Tokyo’s shitamachi (working class towns).

    Visited while roaming around Kameido. Pretty nice, but should be nicer when the wisteria are in bloom

  • 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”.

    Thanks to the movie series “Futen no Tora-san” , made by Yamada Yoji, this temple is very famous. But it was much smaller than I had expected. Anyway its Sando, the gateway, is tasteful. The wooden...

  • Ueno Toshogu
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 9-88
    This was established in 1627 to enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu, and it also enshrines Tokugawa Yoshimune and Tokugawa Yoshinobu. The shrine is located within Ueno-onshi-koen Park and after undergoing major renovations in 1651, it escaped calamities such as wars and earthquakes that followed, and is an important spot to see authentic architecture from the Edo period. The heavily gilded and splendid main building is also known as the shrine of gold. There is a peony garden on the premises and the shrine’s “peony festival” that takes place in spring is well-known.

    This is a Toshogu, which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Edo shogunate. Although this one is not so famous as a Toshogu in Nikko, the beauty of the main building deserves attention...

  • Kyu-Furukawa Gardens
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    Tokyo Kita-ku Nishigahara 1-27-39
    A mansion and gardens constructed in the Taisho period to serve as a residence for the Furukawa family. With the post-war dissolution of the zaibatsu conglomerates, the facility was nationalized. After the property was designated a national Cultural Property in 1982, the grounds and building were refurbished. Today, the mansion serves as an art museum commemorating Yonetaro Otani, a man who built his fortune in the steel and hotel industries. The museum’s tea room is open to the public and here visitors can the beautiful antique interior while sipping a cup of tea. An advance reservation via return postcard is necessary to tour areas other than the tea room.

    I came here mid-November on a sunny afternoon and it was wonderful. The house really wasnt of interest to me...it was all about the gardens. The roses were is bloom, but so was autumn in the...

  • Yanaka Cemetary
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Yanaka 7-5-24
    This cemetery was the site of a five tier pagoda that was burned down by two lovers in a double-suicide, a story which inspired Koda Rohan's novel, The Five-Storied Pagoda. Numerous cherry trees are planted on Yanaka Cemetary's grounds. The cherries growing along either side of the central road running though the cemetery are particularly beautiful, and each year many people come here to see them when they blossom in spring. The cemetery is sunny and quiet, and many famous artists, writers, and actors are buried here.

    We walked through this cemetery on our way to Tennoji Temple and Yanaka Ginza street. It is expansive with a lot of small paths/trails to walk down. It was interesting to see the diversity of...

  • Asukayama Park
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    Tokyo Kita-ku Ouji 1-1-3
    A public park located close to Oji Station in Oji, Kita City, Tokyo. There are some 600 Yoshino cherries, sato-zakura cherries, and other cherry tree varieties growing on the grounds, and the park is a popular destination for enjoying cherry blossom viewing in the spring. A monorail-style lift known as the Ascargot operates in the park; visitors can ride it for free and enjoy the leisurely ride to the top of Asukayama.

    We happened upon this park during some kind of local festival. There were TONS Of people participating in hanami, picnic under the sakura trees. There were booths set up and the sound of beating...

  • Ueno-onshi-koen Park
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen - Ikenohata 3
    This public park in Taito City is also called Ueno Park or Ueno Forest. In the Edo period this park was the premises of Toeizan Kaneiji Temple. The park has been selected as one of the 100 best places to see Japanese cherry blossoms, and in spring a large crowd turns out for hanami parties. Inside the park is the famous statue of Saigo Takamori, as well as cultural facilities such as the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Museum of Western Art, and the Ueno Zoo.

    俳人・正岡子規は野球とも縁が深く、歴代の著名な選手と一緒に野球殿堂入りしているほどです。 その子規の名前を掲げた野球場が上野公園の東京文化会館の裏手にあります。 高い金網のフェンスに囲まれた野球場は決して広くはありませんが、普段は草野球に興じる人たちの歓声で賑わっています。令和2年の春はコロナウィルスの影響で自粛ムード。いつもの賑わいはなくひっそりとしていました。 一日も早く元の歓声が戻って欲しい...

  • Imado Shrine
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Imado 1-5-22
    The Imado Shrine in Taito City is known as the birthplace of the “Maneki-neko” (the Beckoning Lucky Cat). The origins of the establishment of the shrine are considered to be in 1063 after a transfer of a deity from Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine, Kyoto at the time of the suppression of Oshu by Minamoto no Yoriyoshi and Yoshiie. There are various theories on the origins of the Beckoning Lucky Cat, but it is said that its roots lie in Imado porcelain which was fired in Imado from the 16th century. On the grounds there are many related objects such as a “monument dedicated to the place of origin of Imado porcelain” and the “Nade (stroked) cat statue”. There is no end to the female worshippers visiting the shrine as it is the shrine of the deities of marriage. It is also visited by worshippers who like history as it is the site of the demise of Okita Soji and the Shinsengumi (a special police force in Kyoto during the late shogunate period).

    招き猫発祥地とされる今戸神社。 浅草駅から徒歩15分程かかりますが、 道中にスカイツリー、金の泡らしいが他のものに見えてならないオブジェ等が視界に入り、意外と直ぐかも。 猫の絵馬、おみくじ、巨大な招き猫♂♀が祀られており、縁結びで有名な神社です。浅草七福神の一つでも。 The god of match making is worshipped her. Also famous for its...

  • Taito City Edo Shitamachi Traditional Craft Museum
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 2-1
    This museum located in Ueno-onshi-koen Park opened in 1980 as a place to teach future generations about old Tokyo and its shitamachi (working-class urban neighborhoods) as much of old Tokyo was lost due to massive destruction caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the wartime fires of 1945, and the reconstruction following these disasters. The first floor exhibits are part of a recreated shitamachi from the Taisho period with remnants of the Edo scenery including a nagaya (long wooden house), small-time candy store and a rickshaw. The second floor exhibits present items such as implements of daily life and documents mainly pertaining to the Taito City.

    Museum staff are very knowledgeable. The museum allows you to learn a lot about the history of Japan.

  • Asakusa Hanayashiki
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    Tokyo Taito-ku Asakusa 2-28-1
    Located to the west of Sensoji Temple, it is said that this was Japan's first amusement park. When it opened in 1853 it was a flower garden, there is a distinctive retro atmosphere in the park that can only be made from the long history of Hanayashiki. The Space Shot scream machine is the park's oldest, most thrilling ride, and will blast you 60 meters into the air. From the top you can see out over Asakusa. It's a popular spot with families and couples.

    I made a point of going here because it is one of the oldest amusement parks in Japan. Im a bit of a history buff and like to see stuff that is still going after all these years. There would be no...

  • 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.

    「春草廬(しゅんそうろ)」をご存じでしょうか?昨年の秋の庭園開放の折、本館の北側に緑豊かな庭園に庭園とお茶室など公開され庭園茶室ツアーに参加しました。 毎年春と秋に行われているようです。伊勢出身の江戸時代御用商人として海運航路の開拓や大阪淀川河口治水工事や越後鉱山開発などに功績をあげた河村瑞賢(かわむらずいけん)により淀川河口治水工事の休憩所として建てられ、その後横浜三渓園に移築され、昭和34年に...

  • ASAKUSA ENGEI HALL
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-43-12
    This is a theater that conducts performance of rakugo (Japanese comedic storytelling) year-round. In addition to rakugo, there are also programs that include manzai (two-person comedy acts), skits and imitations. After opening in 1964, it gained popularity as a hall for comedy and famous artists such as Kinichi Hagimoto, “Beat” Takeshi and Kiyoshi Atsumi often performed there. Although there is a daytime part and a night-time part, there is no restriction on choosing one or the other so visitors can watch for the entire day. There is also a shop that sells bento lunch boxes, drinks and other merchandise. Tickets are only available for purchase on the day of the show.

    Asakusa Engei Hall is a theatre where an actor perform alone on stage telling comic stories in japanese so it helps if you know the language but even if you don’t, you may enjoy the environment and...

  • Edogawa City Shizen Zoo
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    Tokyo Edogawa-ku Kitakasai 3-2-1 Rowboat In the park
    A zoo located in 3 Chome Kitakasai, Edogawa City. The zoo cares for and displays red pandas, Humboldt penguins, common squirrel monkeys, radiated tortoises, and other animals. There's also a petting zoo where you can play with rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, and sheep; and an aquarium which takes inspiration from Edo City's location surrounded by rivers and the sea, displaying freshwater fish and fish which live in brackish waters where fresh and ocean waters meet.

    Chanced upon this mini zoo last year and I have to return here again cause I did not have enough time before it closes (at 4pm!) then. A mini zoo that offers quite a fair bit of animals to see - plus...

  • Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum
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    Tokyo Katsushika-ku Shibamata 6-22-19
    This is a memorial hall that reproduces and exhibits the world and articles of the “Otoko wa Tsurai yo” (“It’s Tough Being a Man”) movies. In addition to the relocation of the Katsushika Shibamata dumpling shop “Kurumaya” which Tora-san loved, also on display are the contents of the trunk which Tora-san who loved travelling always had in his hand. There is a quiz corner related to the movies and a corner where you can appreciate famous scenes from the movie. From the rooftop’s Shibamata Park, it is possible for you to gaze at Shibamata Taishakuten and Edogawa riverbeds which are familiar from the movies.

    We visited this museum as recommended by the local residents while we were in Tokyo. Even though the museum is not a big in size, it offers an amazing collection in relation to the movies. If you...

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