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  • Yasukuni Shrine
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    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).

    Built as a memorial to all Japanese war dead from the Russo Japanese War onward. The shrine is held in high esteem and also in controversy as it represents the nation aggression in Asia. A huge...

  • Tokyo Daijingu
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    429 Reviews
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    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...

  • Yushima Tenmangu (Yushima Tenjin)
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    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.

    湯島天満宮の表鳥居を入ってすぐ右手にある宝物殿になります。入館料は大人500円でした。1階にはお祭りで使われるような神輿が飾られており、地下には絵画や衣服などが飾られていました。

  • Kanda Shrine (Kanda Myojin)
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    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.
  • Nezu Jinja Shrine
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    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.

    Its not easy to find the Nezu Shrine, as it hides withing a narrow street and no visible signs in languages other than Japanese. Once you access the grounds, you are taken aback by a sense of...

  • Tokyo FM Hall
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Koujimachi 1-7 FM Center 2F
    A multipurpose hall located inside the FM Center Building in the Koji-machi area of Chiyoda City and just a three-minute walk from Hanzomon Station. The facility has been used for a diverse array of events, including not only classical but also jazz and rock concerts, theater productions, and martial arts exhibitions. The hall’s stage can be changed into seven different configurations to serve any manner of event. The hall’s up to 308 seats can also all be removed, turning it into an excellent space for rehearsals. The hall’s fixtures include a Steinway piano, and its carefully selected and designed audio equipment and high ceiling ensure acoustics unmatched by similar locations.
  • Denzu-in Temple
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Koishikawa 3-14-6
    A Buddhist temple located in Koishikawa, Bunkyo City, Tokyo. The temple was founded by the great monk Ryoyo, the seventh founder of Pure Land Buddhism, in 1415. The family temple of Odai-no-kata, mother of the mighty shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, the temple is closely connected to the Tokugawa clan, and the graves of many people affiliated with the Tokugawa are found here, including Senhime, the daughter of the second shogun Tokugawa Hidetada.

    1415年創建の浄土宗のお寺で、無量山伝通院寿経寺というのが正式な名称だそうです。徳川家康の生母逝去の際に菩提寺と定められ、その法名から伝通院という名がついたそうです。

  • 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.
  • 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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    160 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

    The museum has alot of interesting machinery and artifacts, and I appreciated the English information. It occupies a parallel universe where Japan is presented as a victim, forced into World War Two...

  • Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan
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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.

    Origami Kaikan is a small gallery and shop dedicated to making and promoting the art of origami. You can take classes, buy beautiful washi paper and origami and even see the washi being dyed. When we...

  • Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple
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    219 Reviews
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    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.

    Very impressive wooden designs and live prayer sessions. Observed quite a few groups come in and participate in ceremonies. You see at your leisure.

  • The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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    114 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."

    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...

  • Space Museum TeNQ
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    72 Reviews
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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.

    TenQ Space Museum is on the 6th floor, in a building close to the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium. And is a five minute walk from Suidobashi Station. I believe it was around $10 - $12 American entrance...

  • Eisei Bunko Museum
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    76 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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    47 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 partners colleague. Its situated in the basement level of the corporate HQ of...

  • Nikolai-do (Orthodox Church in Japan Holy Resurrection Cathedral)
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandasurugadai 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.

  • Mori Ogai Memorial Museum
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Sendagi 1-23-4
    A museum dedicated to author Mori Ogai built on the site of the home where Ogai lived in Sendagi, Bunkyo City, Tokyo from 1892 until his death in 1922. The museum primarily collects manuscripts, correspondences, books, and other articles that belonged to Ogai as well as other materials relating to literary works and writers connected to Ogai and Bunkyo City. In addition to being a famous novelist, Ogai was prolific in many fields, and his museum gives visitors the chance to see rare items which reveal the history of the man.
  • 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.
  • Science Museum
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    175 Reviews
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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.

    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...

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