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Tourism: Tourist Attractions in Tokyo
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is considered to be the most expensive city in the world. It is the place where the Imperial family of Japan resides. Tokyo is a home to lot of excellent museums, gardens and temples. In this article, I have tried to list down major tourist attractions in Tokyo.
Tokyo is a huge city which offers something to its every tourist. It is also the 5th most expensive city in the world. Apart from the Japanese, you will also find lot of Koreans in Tokyo. The religions followed by people in Tokyo are Shinto, Buddhism and Christianity. The sections below list down some famous tourist attractions in Tokyo.
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Market is located in central Tokyo and is the largest wholesale market for fish and other sea food in Tokyo as well as the entire world. Interesting part in this market is to see the Tuna auction. Only 120 visitors per day are allowed to see the Tuna auction. You cannot just go and attend the auction. There is a proper procedure which needs to be followed. Visitors who wish to attend the auction first need to apply at the Fish Information Center starting early morning at 5.00 AM. Visitors are only allowed on first come first serve basis.
Tuna auction is an amazing sight to see. Tunas get sold so quickly. As soon as a tuna gets sold, the auctioneer starts ringing the bell indicating that his Tuna has been sold.
Apart from the sea food, fruits and vegetables are also sold here. You will enjoy seeing some of the wildest of the things being sold here in this market.
When visiting the Tsukiji Market, you can also enjoy the famous Sushi breakfast available at the restaurants in the market.
Akihabara is also located in the central Tokyo. Akihabara is the largest market in Tokyo for the electronic stuff. The market has hundreds of electronic stores and you will find all the latest gadgets in this market which would not be available anywhere else in the world. Apart from the latest hi-tech gadgets, you can also get second hand stuff from this market.
Prices of the things are almost same in every store. You will not find much variance in the prices at different shops. Big stores do offer some kind of duty free shopping to the tourists.
Interesting thing about this market is the Maid Cafes where the waitresses dress in various animated characters. Prices are bit higher than the normal cafes but you can take an experience of it at least once.
If you are a gaming freak, then you should not miss the Super Potato gaming store in Akihabara.
Be cautious while buying the stuff because the products from China are also available in the market. Make sure you do not get fooled.
Koishikawa Korakuen is the best Japanese garden located in the heart of Tokyo. You will find various ponds full of fishes and ducks, beautiful trees and manmade hills in the garden. The best time to visit this garden is during the Fall season i.e. late November and early December when the maple trees in the garden turn into vibrant shades of orange and red.
During late March to Early April, you will find the Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom. The garden looks beautiful during this time.
The red colored Tsutenkyo Bridge in the garden is very pretty and very much Japanese in style.
A very nice place indeed to spend some peaceful time and relax.
If you want to see the best cherry blossoms, then Shinjuku Gyoen is the best park to visit in Tokyo as there are around dozens of varieties of cherry trees. The park is situated on around 144 acres of land. There are three gardens inside the park based on English, Japanese and French themes.
In the Japanese garden, you will find beautiful ponds and bridges. Enjoy a cup of green tea at the tea house.
In the French garden you can see hundreds of species of beautiful roses.
You can also take a small lunch along if you wish to and enjoy a picnic.
Adjacent to the Meigi Shrine, you can visit the Yoyogi park, one of the largest parks in Tokyo. It was the main venue for swimming, diving and basketball events during the 1964 summer Olympics.
On Sundays, you will see local people enjoying picnics, playing music and practice martial arts. You will also find lot of people jogging and exercising. There is also a basketball court inside and the biker's path where people can do bicycling. Bikes can be taken on rent. Right in the middle of the aprk, there is a huge pond with lots of birds and turtles.
The park has lot of Ginko trees which turn golden during autumn and the site looks just amazing.
The Imperial Palace is the official residence of the emperor of Japan. The Imperial Palace outer and eastern gardens remain open to public throughout the year except Mondays. The palace itself and the inner gardens are not open to public. The imperial family makes public appearance only on 23rd December and 2nd January, when the public is also allowed to enter the inner gardens of the palace.
The Meiji shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan and the empress Shoken. On entering the Meiji Shrine, you will see a forest of around 100000 trees which were donated by people all across the country during the establishment of this shrine. The actual shrine is located in the mid of the trees.
The shrine is mainly used for Japanese wedding processions. The place is very quiet and peaceful and a very pleasant place to take a stroll.
On your way to the shrine, you can see various murals depicting scenes from the rule of Emperor Meiji, barrels of French wine, barrels of sake, a fountain, few restaurants and souvenir stands.
Sensoji is one of the most famous and colorful Buddhist temples in Tokyo. It is the oldest temple in Tokyo and is dedicated to the Goddess of Kannon.
Visitors enter the Sensoji Temple through the Thunder Gate and then travel through a street to reach the sensoji temple. On the street, you will find various souvenir shops selling Fans, Kimonos etc.
There are various eating joints nearby where you can enjoy traditional Japanese food such as handmade noodles and Sushi.
Honjo Bosai-Kan Earthquake museum in Tokyo is one of its kind. Since Japan is the most earthquake prone country, so this kind of a museum makes sense here.
In this museum, you can experience an earthquake of frequency 7 on the Richter scale. Also, trainers teach you about the things to do during an earthquake like first aid techniques and operating fire extinguishers.
The Ghibli Museum displays the art and animations works of one of Japan's most famous animation studios, Ghibli. Lot of films produced by the Ghibli studio are famous worldwide. Some of their films include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and My Neighbor Totoro.
The museum is designed in a very fancy and unique style with the display of some of their famous film characters.
On the first floor of the museum, there is a small theater where you can see some of the exclusive short movies by the Ghibli studio. Also, you can see some animation techniques here. The museum exhibits some temporary exhibitions on the second floor. Apart from these, you can enjoy some snacks and drinks at the cafe.
Meguru Parasite Museum
This is a museum one of its kind and is the only parasite museum in the world. The museum is little bit weird; displays more than 45000 worms and parasites. You will be surprised to know that all the worms and parasites displayed in this museum have been taken out from the infected body parts of human and animals. You can also see a 8.8 meter long tape worm here in the museum.
There is a small souvenir shop from where you can purchase parasite themed T-Shirts, Key rings etc.
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