Spots in Kanda / Akihabara Area

  • Nezu Jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    651 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Nedu 1-28-9
    This is a shrine with a long history that is located in the Nezu district of Tokyo’s Bunkyo City is said to have been founded by Yamatotakeru (the 12th Emperor of Japan) about 1,900 years ago. The enshrined deities are Susanoo-no-Mikoto, Oyamakuino-kami and Hondawake-no-Mikoto. The shaden (main shrine building) built in 1706 is completely covered in lacquer and is a masterpiece of gongen-zukuri (style of Shinto architecture in which the main hall and worship hall share one roof, and are connected via an intermediate passageway), and seven buildings have received designation as national Important Cultural Properties. Vermillion-lacquered torii gates stand in a row at the smaller Otome Inari Shrine on the premises, making this a popular spot to take photos. The shrine is visited by many worshippers in April when 3,000 azaleas bloom profusely and in September when one of Edo three biggest festivals is held.

    As always, at the end of sakura season we look for more blossoms when we return to Ueno/Tokyo. In 2019 we went to the Tsutsuji-matsuri (Azalea Festival) at Nezu Jinja. The festival included food...

  • Tokyo Daijingu
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    4.0
    445 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Tokyo Daijingu is one of the five major shrines in Tokyo dedicated to all things related to love and relationships. This was the first Shrine holding Shinto wedding ceremony in Japan. Worshippers...

  • Tokyo Dome
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61
    The Tokyo Dome opened as Japan’s first covered stadium in 1988. With its dome shaped room and artificial turf field it’s the home stadium of the Yomiuri Giants. The Tokyo Dome is the core of the Tokyo Dome City urban entertainment area and doesn’t only host baseball games but also a variety of other events including concerts and exhibitions. Near entry gate 21 you’ll find the Baseball hall of fame museum where you can see uniforms of popular players and learn about the history of baseball.
  • Tokyo Dome City
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61
    This is a general entertainment area that is centered around Tokyo Dome, the baseball stadium that is home to the Yomiuri Giants. Facilities include Tokyo Dome Attractions (the old Korakuen Amusement Park) where guests can enjoy attractions such as thrill rides and a Ferris Wheel, LaQua with its spa facilities, Korakuen Hall which is known as a holy land for martial arts, and the Tokyo Dome Hotel.

    篠山輝信さんの展示会に行ってきました。なんども東京ドームシティには行っていますがここにギャラリーがあることも知りませんでした。ギャラリー自体はこぢんまりしたものだと思います。

  • Science Museum
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    4.0
    177 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 2-1
    The Science Museum Science Hall is a full-fledged theater-style hall able to accommodate 410 people. This facility is perfect for hosting lectures, seminars, symposiums, and presentations of all kinds.

    To be fair, we were not that disappointed that it is a museum designed for children. If you analyze each exhibit, youll realize that it is very well presented, it engages a childs curiosity and at...

  • Rikugien Gardens
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Honkomagome 6
    Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, who served the shogunate as a Tairo-kaku (“Great Elder”) during the era of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the fifth-generation Tokugawa shogun, created this garden in an area full of daimyo residences. With its undulating paths and well-planned design, the Japanese garden is particularly famous for its azaleas and weeping sakura close to the garden entrance. The gardens are lit up at night during the spring when cherry blossoms are in bloom and again in autumn when the foliage is turning colors. The garden evokes scenery of Kishu (in Wakayama) with the middle Daisensui Pond and its Nakanoshima Island. Many foreign tourists enjoy visiting Rikugien.

    Located in the Rikugien Garden, this was a perfect little stop to sit, rest and rejuvenate. While I loved the garden this tea house was a great break with a beautiful view. It was a little crowded...

  • Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple
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    4.0
    226 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Kagurazaka 5-36
    Bishamonten is a Nichiren school of Buddhism temple which Tokugawa Ieyasu built in 1595 in an act of founding a place of spiritual protection for the state. In 1793, it was relocated to its current location, Kagurazaka. The principal image of worship at the temple is Bishamonten (Japanese name for Vaiśravaṇa, a Buddhist deity) which has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by Shinjuku City. The faithful have since ancient times called it “Bishamon-sama of Kagurazaka”. The Gokaicho (honoring and unveiling of Buddhist image) of the Bishamonten statues is held each year in January, May and September on the day of the Tiger. During the New Year, it is one of the temples of “the tour of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune in Yamanote”, which is when worshippers visit seven temples to pray for happiness.

    No trip to Tokyo would be complete without a trip to a Buddist temple. This one will give you all the sights, sounds, smells and visuals you will need. It is located in town and is easily accessible...

  • Yasukuni Shrine Yushukan
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    4.0
    164 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kudankita 3-1-1
    This treasure hall is located within the ground of Yasukuni Shrine. One can enjoy seeing documents, manuscripts, and relics related to the war dead and political victims that are enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine. In the theater hall, a film about the shrine, those enshrined, and late and modern Japan can be viewed. The main exhibit hall displays many war relics, including larger weapons; a carrier borne bomber, the Suisei (Comet), and a human torpedo, the Kaiten. Entrance is free

    Whilst visiting the Yasukuni Jinja a visit to the Yushukan Museum is a must, espcially if you have any interest in military artifacts and history. As well as military artifacts through the ages...

  • Yasukuni Shrine
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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).

    こちらは靖国神社の外苑にあるモニュメントです。 戦没者の多くは故国の母を思い清い水を求めながら息を引き取っとの事です。 この彫刻は清らかな水を捧げる慈愛に溢れる母を抽象的に表現したものだそうです。

  • Yushima Tenmangu (Yushima Tenjin)
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    湯島天満宮の中にある宝物殿。入館料がかかるためか入館している人は少なかったですが、建物自体も立派で、素晴らしい展示物が多く、是非訪れたい場所です。

  • Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Nikorai-do)
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    4.0
    235 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kanda Surugadai 4-1-3
    A Christian church located close to Shin-Ochanomizu Station in Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda City. The church's popular name, the Nikolai-do, is derived from St. Nicholas of Japan, who proselytized for the Orthodox church in Japan. Construction of the church was completed in 1891. The church was later restored after being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and in 1962 it was designated a National Important Cultural Property. The church permits visitors to view the interior outside of worship times as well (persons of junior high school age and older must pay a donation fee to view the church).

    I liked the view of this place. It was maintained well. Place was neat and clean. Architecture is nice.

  • Yushima Seido
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    3.5
    229 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Yushima 1-4-25
    A temple erected in 1690 by the fifth Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, to promote Confucianism, Yushima Seido was designated a national Historic Site in 1922. Today the temple hosts traditional events such as a New Year's Eve event and New Year's Day reading; a Confucius festival, and an acupuncture and moxibustion festival. The temple is also used to hold culture classes.

    This lovely, quiet spot in the very noisy and crowded Tokyo is a wonderful place to sit and appreciate the peace.

  • Koishikawa Botanical Garden
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    4.0
    137 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Hakusan 3-7-1
    In addition to being the oldest in Japan, this botanical garden also boasts one of the most distinguished histories of any such facility in the world. An amazing variety of plants grow on the garden's 160 thousand square meter grounds. The garden is mostly open to the public and is a popular destination for locals to relax, but note that it is not in fact a public park, so please mind your manners.

    The hot-house is now under construction, and a typhoon had just blew the place to bits. Still, it was a very pleasant way to see and I look forward to seeing it in the future.

  • Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba
    Shopping
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandahanaokachou 1-1
    This is a large home electronics retail store primarily based in the Yodobashi Akiba commercial complex located in front of JR Akihabara Station. Floors one through six of the building carry an assortment of electronic products including games, home appliances, audio-visual goods, cameras, timepieces, brand items, personal computers, computer accessories, and mobile phones. This is a shopping spot frequented not only by domestic customers but many overseas guests as well, and the third floor has a corner featuring Japanese souvenirs and other products for tourists.
  • Kanda Shrine (Kanda Myojin)
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    都内ではここが見つけられるだろうか。 あの歌詞にでてくる石が実際に見ることができる。妙な気分だがこれがさざれ石。

  • Ochanomizu Sola City Plaza
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    3.5
    67 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandasurugadai 4-6
    This complex facility in Tokyo’s Chiyoda City is divided up by floor into a commercial facility, a conference center, an educational-related facility, and office space. The conference center can accommodate a maximum of 600 people. The commercial facility’s Sola City Plaza has a verdant space above ground offering views of Nikorai-do (the Holy Resurrection Cathedral) and Yushima Seido (a Confucian temple), and a diverse assortment of restaurants and shops in an open space in the basement where the light of the sun comes streaming in, serving as a place for nearby office workers to take a break.

    New spot very close to Ochanomizu station. Some restaurant in basement. Also marche or music event at terrace. 御茶ノ水の駅のすぐそばにある商業施設。 地下のレストラン街が便利です。 テラス席もあり、たまにマルシェや音楽イベントも開かれています。

  • Tokyo Dome Natural Onsen Spa LaQua
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kasuga 1-1-1 Laqua Building
    This spa is located within the La Qua shopping complex in Tokyo Dome City. In the spa zone, which uses natural hot spring water bubbling up from deep underground, one can enjoy open-air baths, various indoor baths and a sauna. The Healing Baden zone with the low temperature sauna and relaxation space is a soothing area that looks like a resort in a tropical paradise. The spa also includes body care services and restaurants.

    I have been to a number of spa complexs in Japan and I think this is one of the best here. It contrasts well with the Oedo Onsen Monogatari, which is catered more to families with its various games...

  • Space Museum TeNQ
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    3.5
    74 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61 Tokyo Dome City Yellow Building 6F
    An entertainment-oriented museum located inside Tokyo Dome City where visitors can enjoy outer space from a variety of perspectives. TeNQ is filled with things to see and do, including a variety of exhibits concerning space as well as a laboratory operated in conjunction with the University of Tokyo’s University Museum. In the popular Theater SORA, guests can watch video presentations projected in a theater buried in an 11 meter diameter hole in the ground. Watching visuals stretching all the way beneath your feet will make you feel like you are floating in the air.

    This is a good museum about space. When you enter the first show is only in Japanese (maybe some shows are in English, but I’m not 100% sure) the visuals were very good. Then you go through to a part...

  • The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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    4.0
    115 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61
    "The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located inside the Tokyo Dome, around five minutes' walk from either Suidobashi Station (JR Sobu Line and Toei Mita Line) or Korakuen Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line). The museum provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the history and current status of baseball in Japan (both professional and amateur leagues), and has on display a large amount of fascinating historical artifacts and documents, etc. The Baseball Hall of Fame commemorates individuals who made a particularly important contribution towards the development of baseball; there is also a library with around 50,000 sports-related books, and a ""Batter's Box Experience Zone"" where visitors can try their hand against professional baseball pitchers (shown on video screens), etc."

    if you love baseball stop by this hall of fame, all the best of japanese baseball, and some american staff too. not a very big place, thought it would be bigger, right next to the tokyo dome. day...

  • Gundam Cafe (Akihabara Shop)
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    3.0
    210 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandahanaokachou 1-1
    A cafe modeled after the world of the hit giant robot anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. The Jaburo coffee was created for Gundam fans wanting to try the coffee made at Jaburo, the home base of the Earth Federation in the Gundam universe. The Gundam mecha-themed curry and food names riffing off of popular episode titles and character lines are sure to tickle the hearts of Gundam lovers. The cafe also sells merchandise such as Gundam-themed Kutani ware, an amusing soy sauce bottle modeled after M'Quve's vase, shirts, and much more.

    Got showed in and ignored the whole time we were at the cafe. Ended up leaving without buying anything.

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