1 of 28 . Tokyo Tower in night

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Tokyo Tower in night

An iconic landmark in the skyline of Tokyo, the Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is a popular Japanese tourist attraction resembling another tower in Paris, France. The tallest self-supporting steel tower in the world, Tokyo Tower measures a whopping 333m, that’s 13m taller than the Eiffel Tower. Completed in 1958, the tower is both a major telecommunications hub and popular attraction which pays tribute to Japan’s success in rapid industrialisation and economic growth. ..Readmore

2 of 28 . View from Tokyo tower bbservation deck

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View from Tokyo tower bbservation deck

The tower's main observatory at 150 meters is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase (both paid). Thanks to the tower's central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. There are also some "lookdown windows" in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a cafe where visitors can enjoy refreshments. ..Readmore

3 of 28 . The Yushukan War Museum. Photo: Michael Turtle

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The Yushukan War Museum. Photo: Michael Turtle

The museum is relatively large with 19 exhibition rooms spread over two levels. But there still isn’t a lot of space to tell the entire story of Japanese military history and also have a particular focus on the Second World War. Decisions have to be made about what to focus on – what to leave in and leave out. ..Readmore

4 of 28 . The Yushukan War Museum. Photo: Michael Turtle

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The Yushukan War Museum. Photo: Michael Turtle

The Yushukan War Museum is part of the divisive Yakusuni Shrine in central Tokyo. The shrine itself honours more than 2 million Japanese who lost their lives in the service of Japan. A war memorial should not aim to be controversial but the inclusion on the honour roll of people many consider to be war criminals has long been a point of contention and is raised again every time a politician visits the shrine. Those who maintain the list of the dead argue that it is not for them to judge the actions of individuals but merely to record the fact they died while fighting for Japan. Those with a strong sense of justice see it otherwise. ..Readmore

5 of 28 . Yasukuni Shrine. Photo: Wikicommons

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Yasukuni Shrine. Photo: Wikicommons

Yasukuni Shrine was established in 1869 by Emperor Meiji for loyal citizens who had died for Meiji Restoration which was the one of the most important revolution in Japanese history. Before Meiji Restoration began, Japan had imposed ifself a period of isolation, which lasted over a long time. Evetually, the United States and Other nations began to pressure Japan to open its door and market to the world. ..Readmore

6 of 28 . Shinto priests walk out from Torii gate after they administer a Shinto rite "Kiyoharai"

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Shinto priests walk out from Torii gate after they administer a Shinto rite "Kiyoharai"

Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社, Yasukuni Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in central Tokyo that commemorates Japan's war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869 with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation for a peaceful Japan. ..Readmore

7 of 28 . The main Torii, Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo. Photo: muz-chan.net

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The main Torii, Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo. Photo: muz-chan.net

The spirits of about 2.5 million people, who died for Japan in the conflicts accompanying the Meiji Restoration, in the Satsuma Rebellion, the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, the First World War, the Manchurian Incident, the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War, are enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine in form of written records, which note name, origin and date and place of death of everyone enshrined. ..Readmore

8 of 28 . Tokyo Disneyland & Disney Sea

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Tokyo Disneyland & Disney Sea

Opened in 2001 adjacent to Disneyland, DisneySea, a theme park based on ocean legends and myths, offers seven distinct "ports of call," including the futuristic Port Discovery marina, with its StormRider, which flies straight into the eye of a storm; the Lost River Delta, with its Indiana Jones Adventure; Mermaid Lagoon, based on the film The Little Mermaid; the Arabian Coast, with its Sindbad's Seven Voyages boat ride; and the American Waterfront, with its Tower of Terror. Because DisneySea is unique to Tokyo, I personally think this is the one to see; its installations are a class act. ..Readmore

9 of 28 . Tokyo Disneyland & Disney Sea

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Tokyo Disneyland & Disney Sea

Virtually a carbon copy of Disneyland in the US, this one also boasts the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain. Other hot attractions include Toontown, a wacky theme park where Mickey and other Disney characters work and play; MicroAdventure, which features 3-D glasses and special effects; and Star Tours, a thrill adventure created by Disney and George Lucas. ..Readmore

10 of 28 . Tembo Deck

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Tembo Deck

Tembo Deck, the lower of the two decks is 350 meters high and spans three levels with great views from all of its floors. The top floor features tall, broad windows that offer some of the best 360 degree panoramic views of the city. The middle floor has a souvenir shop and the Musashi Sky Restaurant, which serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine, while the lowest floor features a cafe and some glass panels on the ground from where you can look all the way down to the base of the tower. ..Readmore

11 of 28 . Imperial Palace East Gardens

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Imperial Palace East Gardens

The Imperial Palace East Gardens (皇居東御苑, Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public. They are the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru ("main circle") and ninomaru ("secondary circle"). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist. ..Readmore

12 of 28 . Cherry blossoms in Imperial Palace East Gardens

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Cherry blossoms in Imperial Palace East Gardens

The Imperial East gardens are a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms in Spring. The garden closes relatively early, so the area is spared any wild parties. ..Readmore

13 of 28 . Tokyo Imperial Palace

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. In 1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards. ..Readmore

14 of 28 . Masks at Nakamise-dori shopping street

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Masks at Nakamise-dori shopping street

There are around 90 shops on the street that sell snacks and souvenirs to the throngs of domestic and international tourists who visit the area. There has been a tourist market here since the 17th century. Many of the shops have been run by the same family for many generations. Apart from typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata, keychains and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. ..Readmore

15 of 28 . Nakamise-dori shopping street

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Nakamise-dori shopping street

Nakamise Dori (仲見世) is the best place in Tokyo to buy souvenirs. It's a 250 meter (800 foot) shopping street that leads to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest and most visited temple. ..Readmore

16 of 28 . Sensoji Temple

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Sensoji Temple

It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect, it became independent after World War II. ..Readmore

17 of 28 . The offering hall of Meiji Jingu

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The offering hall of Meiji Jingu

The main complex of shrine buildings is located a ten minute walk from both the southern entrance near Harajuku Station and the northern entrance near Yoyogi Station. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate, after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. The approximately 100,000 trees that make up Meiji Jingu's forest were planted during the shrine's construction and were donated from regions across the entire country. ..Readmore

18 of 28 . Inside Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Inside Meiji Jingu Shrine

The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. ..Readmore

19 of 28 . Tourist at Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Tourist at Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. In the first days of the New Year, the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode), more than any other shrine or temple in the country. During the rest of the year, traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. ..Readmore

20 of 28 . A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine

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A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. ..Readmore

21 of 28 . Tokyo Imperial Palace

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

The current Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. ..Readmore

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24 of 28 . Sensoji Temple

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Sensoji Temple

Founded in 628, Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Many people believe that the Asakusa Kannon deity enshrined here has the ability to bestow benefits on earth, and around 30 million visitors from throughout Japan and abroad visit the temple every year. It was the epicenter for the development of Edo culture, and these traces still remain today. Many seasonal events are held including the Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market and Hagoita (wooden paddle) Market. The huge lanterns hung at Kaminari (Thunder) Gate are very famous throughout Japan. ..Readmore

25 of 28 . Tokyo Sky Tree

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Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a new television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base. ..Readmore

26 of 28 . Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium

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Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium

http://buffalotrip.com/tokyo/sights/ryogoku-kokugikan-sumo-stadium-and-museum.html ..Readmore

27 of 28 . Tsukiji fish market

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Tsukiji fish market

Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. It is scheduled to move to a new site in Toyosu in November 2016. ..Readmore

28 of 28 . Sensoji temple

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Sensoji temple

Founded in 628, Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Many people believe that the Asakusa Kannon deity enshrined here has the ability to bestow benefits on earth, and around 30 million visitors from throughout Japan and abroad visit the temple every year. It was the epicenter for the development of Edo culture, and these traces still remain today. Many seasonal events are held including the Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market and Hagoita (wooden paddle) Market. The huge lanterns hung at Kaminari (Thunder) Gate are very famous throughout Japan. ..Readmore