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  • Tokyo Skytree (R)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ueno Zoo
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    2680 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    A few minutes walk from JR Ueno/Ueno keisei station and walk pass the ueno park. The place was nice and many animal there.

  • Tokyo Solamachi (R)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2
    Located inside of Tokyo Skytree Town (R), this diverse facility is a popular spot with more than 300 shops including shopping street, Food Marche, restaurants, an aquarium and planetarium. Located on Solamachi Dining SKYTREE VIEW occupying floors 30 and 31 are several restaurants that offer excellent views and are recommended for special occasions and dates. Even families can enjoy this complex that features the Pokemon Center and a Tomica shop.
  • National Museum of Nature and Science
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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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    3.5
    159 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Ameyoko Shopping Street (Ameyoko)
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    2420 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Outside of Ueno station there's several pedestrian streets filled with these. Kind of like a combination of Tsukiji market and Shibuya. Fun to spend few hours walking around. Crowd gets bigger as...

  • Ryogoku Kokugikan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Ario Kameari
    Shopping
    Tokyo Katsushika-ku Kameari 3-49-3
    This is a large shopping center located five minutes on foot from Kameari Station South Exit. “Ario Mall” houses Ito Yokado and a movie theater, as well as 124 specialty shops. On the first floor, there are many restaurants along the outdoor pathway, a large food court where families can enjoy meals leisurely, a pet shop, and other large scale shops such as H & M. The second floor is the fashion floor, the third floor is a floor mainly for kids, also including an amusement park based on the comic “Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo. “
  • Nishiarai Daishi Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kappabashi Dougu Street (R)
    Shopping
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Nishiasakusa 1
    This is a wholesaler district full of approximately 170 shops stocking items such as professional-grade cookware, tableware, kitchen equipment, ingredients for restaurants and plastic food samples. Plastic food samples that are one aspect of Japan’s unique culture are popular as souvenirs. In addition to tourists, there are many chefs from overseas that visit to purchase kitchen knives and molds. Closest train stations include Tawaramachi Station and Asakusa Station.
  • Tokyo National Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • The National Museum of Western Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-7
    This art museum located within Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Park) in Tokyo’s Taito City is dedicated to collecting and displaying Western art. The main building itself is one attraction, having been designed by French architect Le Corbusier and registered as World Cultural Heritage site in 2016. With its core Matsukata Collection, a collection of works that belonged to businessman Kojiro Matsukata and were returned by the French government, the museum regularly displays Western paintings from pre-18th century paintings to early 20th century paintings such as Monet and Renoir, as well as French contemporary sculpture. It also holds many special exhibitions.
  • Daikyoji Temple (Shibamata Taishakuten)
    Travel / Tourism
    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”.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • SUMIDA AQUARIUM
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    4.0
    754 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town/Sola Machi 5/6 F
    This aquarium is located in the 5th and 6th floors of Tokyo Soramachi(R) inside Tokyo Skytree Town(R). It has attracted attention for exhibits that break the mold of typical aquariums. These include the Tokyo Daisuiso, which recreates the waters of the Ogasawara Islands, a world heritage site. It also includes the Edorium, which displays goldfish in dreamlike Japanese-style spaces. At the Aqua Lab, visitors can watch the caretakers breed and research jellyfish. Visitors love watching the penguins swim in the aquarium's indoor open pool tank, one of the largest in Japan.

    Small aquarium but beautiful! Enjoyed all the exhibits, mostly the penguins, they are adorable. Easy access, no lines, a must see.

  • Kameido Tenjin Shrine
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    382 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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).

    If you have missed the Wisteria Festival in May at the Kameido Shrine, do not despair...check out the shrine's link to turtles. It is also reflected in the mane. To see the large carp and many...

  • Mizumoto Park
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    4.5
    184 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Katsushika-ku Mizumotokouen 3-2
    One of the largest lakeside parks in Tokyo. Located in Katsushika City, the park is known as one of the few natural habitats of the prickly water lily, a species protected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The park’s verdant grounds are filled with rows of cherry and poplar trees and visitors can also enjoy the sight of aquatic plants such as Japanese iris, water lily, and fringed water lily.

    We had a Hanami picnic without cherry blossoms. The park was bigger than expected and people seemed to have plenty of space. There are shops inside the park so one. An get foods and beverages.

  • Toh-Ten-Koh (Ueno Flagship Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ikenohata 1-4-1 Shinobayu Ueno Ikeba
    A large-scale Chinese restaurant located near Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, Tokyo. The restaurant was opened in 1961 as a palace dedicated to serving the best Chinese cuisine in the world. Totaling nine floors, the restaurant was remodeled in 2015. In addition to serving Chinese food, the building also hosts a Japanese restaurant, banquet halls, cafe, and wedding chapel. The restaurant's exquisite food, deemed Toh-Ten-Koh cuisine, consists of unique takes on Cantonese and Fujian dishes, styles particularly favored in Japan. Toh-Ten-Koh's stunningly huge menu of authentic Chinese cuisine includes lunch and dinner courses as well as a la carte options. Tokyo Skytree is visible from the restaurant towering beyond Shinobazu Pond, and the cityscape at night as seen from here is beautiful.
  • Imado Shrine
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    3.5
    151 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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).

    It’s a cute little kitty shrine! The origin stories involve both a deity couple and a story about a poor woman who, after giving up her cat, made cat dolls to become rich. There’s lots of cat...

  • Kyu-Furukawa Gardens
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    288 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Hi I just wanted to correct misspelled word. Please change to Furukawa. Thanks! I went to high school near by and we used to draw and paint in the garden during the class. Back in the late ‘70s it...

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