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  • Tokyo Dome City
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    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.
  • Rikugien Gardens
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    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.
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 3-1
    Located close to the South Entrance to Kitanomaru Park, near the Imperial Palace, the National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT), which opened in 1952, was Japan’s first national art museum. The MOMAT Collection features around 200 items from the more than 12,500 artworks held by the museum, showcasing a wide range of works in various genres—including Nihonga (Japanese-style modern painting), Western-style oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photographs, etc.—from the early 20th century to the present day. Several special exhibitions on unique themes are held every year.
  • Ochanomizu Sola City Plaza
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    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.
  • Science Museum
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    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.
  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1
    This is a traditional Japanese garden that was constructed on grounds belonging to the Mito Tokugawa clan in the early Edo period, and is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a Special Historic Site. With an area of more than 70,000 square meters, various seasonal flowers and trees including plum and cherry have been planted around the Daisensui Pond that represents Lake Biwa. It is characteristic for its Chinese references such as scenery named after places in China. In the northern side of the garden visitors can appreciate a tranquil rural landscape that even includes rice paddies. Free guides are available depending on the schedule.
  • Japan Football Museum
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Hongou 3-10-15 (Football street) JFA house
    A museum built for people to learn about the history and traditions of Japanese football as well as to promote the development of the sport for future generations. Exhibits such as the Japan Football Hall of Fame, foot and hand casts of J. League MVPs, and a replica of the J. League Cup give visitors the chance to actually touch and photograph pieces of the world of Japanese football.
  • Tokyo Dome City Attractions
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61
    An urban theme park located inside Tokyo Dome City, adjacent to Tokyo Metro Korakuen Station. Located in the heart of the city, the park is filled with enough attractions to entertain people of all ages for an entire day. Open year-round and with no admittance fee, Tokyo Dome City Attractions is easy to drop by anytime. The park’s most popular attraction is the Thunder Dolphin roller coaster. The coaster roars straight through the park’s Ferris wheel at 130 kilometers per hour. On the Big O, a centerless Ferris wheel, you can enjoy a romantic nightscape while music plays in the background, making this attraction particularly recommended for couples.
  • Kitanomaru Park
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 1-1
    Kitanomaru Park is a public park located just to the north of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo; it was repurposed as a forest park in the 1960s. The name “Kitanomaru” derives from the fact that this area was originally the Kita-no-maru (North Bailey) of Edo Castle during the Edo period. Besides its beautiful lawns, ponds and trees, the Park also features two gates that were formerly part of Edo Castle—the Tayasu-mon Gate and the Shimizu-mon Gate—so that the Park gives a rough impression of what Edo Castle looked like in its heyday. Kitanomaru Park is renowned for its spectacular cherry blossoms in spring and its beautiful autumnal foliage in autumn.
  • Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 1-1
    The Crafts Gallery was established as an annex to the National Museum of Modern Art in 1977. The displays in the Craft Gallery showcase modern and contemporary crafts and design, including ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, woodcarving, bamboo crafts, textiles and dyeing, doll-making, metalworking, industrial design, graphic design, etc. The building in which the Crafts Gallery is located was formerly the Imperial Guards Headquarters. Built in 1910, this is a beautiful building which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property and is well worth seeing in its own right.
  • Yasukuni Shrine Yushukan
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    121 Reviews
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    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

    An amazing collection used to support the most egregious historical revisionism with outright propaganda. I feel soiled after visiting. All the war dead were ‘martyrs’ including the ‘unjustly...

  • Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan
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    53 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Yushima 1-7-14 (Ogami Hall)
    The Origami Kaikan was originally established in 1858 as a store for dyeing and manufacturing “chiyogami” papers, and is located in Bunkyo City’s Yushima. With the objective of promoting paper culture, it aims to convey Japanese culture and Japan’s beauty through the traditional handicraft of origami. In addition to exhibits on the history of paper culture and displays of works by origami artists around the world, visitors can purchase washi that has been dyed within the shop. The center also holds washi handicraft classes that teach participants to make small articles and accessories out of washi.

    For our first trip to Japan and being an origami fan, that place is a must if you are in Tokyo. It is smaller than i expected, maybe the craft is not so in fashion anymore even for Japanese. There...

  • The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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    106 Reviews
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    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."

    Any person interested in baseball, especially Japanese baseball, cannot miss this. As mentioned in prior reviews it is relatively small, but a baseball fan could easily spend a couple hours viewing...

  • Space Museum TeNQ
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    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.
  • Chidorigafuchi Park
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Koujimachi From 1-2 to the first town 2
    Located in Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Chidorigafuchi Park is one of the best places in central Tokyo for viewing cherry blossom. During the cherry blossom season, when the Somei Yoshino, Yamazakura and other cherry tree species are in flower, the Park receives large numbers of visitors every day. The Park is situated between the Chidorigafuchi Moat (on the west side of the Imperial Palace) and the British Embassy; there is a boat pier adjacent to the 700 meter long pedestrian footpath that runs beside Chidorigafuchi Moat.
  • Eisei Bunko Museum
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    74 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Mejirodai 1-1-1
    An art museum located close to Higo Hosokawa Garden in Mejirodai, Bunkyo City, Tokyo. The museum is housed inside the former home of the Hosokawa marquis family on the grounds of a former Hosokawa estate. The museum's collection consists of historical materials and works of art passed down in the Hosokawa family which were donated by Moritatsu Hosokawa and Morisada Hosokawa, the 16th and 17th respective heads of the family. The museum holds a variety of themed public exhibitions each year in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

    Small museum and was totally packed with locals. We could see a snake of people forming before the museum opened and joined the queue. I believe we were one of the rare foreigners there. Every step...

  • Printing Museum, Tokyo
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    40 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Suidou 1-3-3 Toppan Koishikawa Building
    A museum located in Suido, Bunkyo City, Tokyo. Here visitors can learn about the history and culture of printing with a focus on Japan and Asia through displays of rare historical printed materials and cutting-edge printed matter, as well as interactive exhibits on letterpress printing and other technologies. There is also a music hall on the first floor and a restaurant and cafe on the second floor.

    My partner and I headed to the Printing Museum on a drizzly, blustery day in Tokyo after hearing about it from my partner's colleague. It's situated in the basement level of the corporate HQ of...

  • Showa-kan (National Showa Memorial Museum)
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    79 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kudanminami 1-6-16F-7F
    A museum where visitors can learn about the hardships and daily life of everyday Japanese citizens during and after WWII, since it first opened in 1999, more than 5.3 million people have visited the National Showa Memorial Museum. Since 2015, admission to the museum's regular exhibits has been free for elementary and junior high school students. Children can have fun while learning through videos, hands-on exhibits, and exploration.

    This museum is funded and run by the families who lost loved ones during WWII and the dedication shows. I strongly recommend getting the English audio guide (included in the price of admission) if...

  • Koishikawa Botanical Garden
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    116 Reviews
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    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 botanic garden is owned by the University of Tokyo. There are sights to explain the trees and other plants. Enjoy the Japanese Garden that is beautiful, and increase your knowledge on...

  • Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandasudachou 1-25-4
    The history and stories attached to the Manseibashi, an old red brick elevated bridge completed in 1912, were utilized to give it new life as the Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi, a shopping facility hosting cafes and shops with tastes sure to stimulate your curiosity and your intellect. Be sure not to miss the limited time shops which open up here as well.

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