Best travel destinations in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a large, active, energetic and splendid destination. It is home to Emperor’s Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament. This populated city in East-Central Honshu has many things to explore. Tokyo is rich in design and infrastructure. It is considered as world’s most expensive city to live, but people can move around through rail and subway networks easily. Tokyo is famous for its museums, festivals, theaters, sports clubs, and internal cuisine. It is also rich in entertainment including music, dramas, orchestras, and concerts. Let’s dig into the top tourist attractions in Tokyo.

  1. The Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor and the Royal family of Japan. In the past, it was home to some important figures of Japan, like Emperor Meiji and the rulers during the Edo Period. The palace has a significant importance in society, so it is hard to get there. To visit the palace, you have to submit your application in advance. East Higashi-Gyoen gardens of imperial palace are worth seeing and perfect for relaxing. The best month to visit the gardens is April when cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

  1. Ginza

Ginza is an old shopping area same as Time Square in New York. It is a commercial hub and, a point where roads from five major cities of Japan connect. There are many shops, palatial stores. You can have a cup of tea or coffee from its many tea and coffee shops. If you are a foodie, you’ll probably end up in the Three-star Ginza Kojyu. At weekends, the traffic is barred, and a flood of pedestrians can be seen. There are also two theatres in this area namely, Kabuki-za Theatre and Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre.

  1. Sensoji Temple

Sensoji temple is the city’s most famous shrine located in the Asakusa district. It is at the end of Nakamise-dori, the street, where different products are sold in shops. The temple was built in AD 645. This oldest religious site in Tokyo sees about 30 million annual visitors. The temple is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist God, the God of mercy and happiness. Many Buddhists and believers visit this shrine believing that Kannon will heal their sorrows. Highlights include the Kaminari-mon Gate, and temple doves.

  1. Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo national museum houses Japanese, Chinese and Indian artwork. There are 116,000 pieces of art and artifacts including 100 national treasures. The museum was opened in 1938. Museum highlights include Buddhist sculptures, old textiles, military equipment, historical weapons, Asian ceramics and pottery, historical Japanese clothing. Japanese paintings, splendid lacquer-work of Japanese and Chinese are also important artworks.

  1. Tokyo Tower

Paris has Eiffel Tower, Tokyo has Tokyo Tower. It was built in 1958 and is the second tallest structure (1,092 feet) in Japan. It is painted in white and bright orange color. The main purpose of the tower is communication and broadcasting supporting 62 miles of frequencies. But you can visit two observations decks (at 490 feet, at 819 feet), from where spectacular views of the city can be seen especially at night when tower lights up in different colors.

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