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Tokyo

Articles and travel guides on famous and not so famous destinations in Tokyo Metropolis

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  • Tokyo Subway Guide

    Tokyo’s subway map may look challenging, but it is actually very easy to negotiate. Each line has a different colour, there are alpha-numeric...
  • Kiyosumi Gardens

    Kiyosumi Garden (清澄庭園) is a traditional Japanese stroll garden located in Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo. It is a classical...
  • Tokyo Facts

    Tokyo (東京 Tōkyō) is the capital of Japan since 1868, replacing Kyōto (“Capital City”) and means “Eastern Capital”. It was called Edo (江戸) before...
  • Museum of Maritime Science

    The Museum of Maritime Science (船の科学館, fune-no-kagakukan) is located in Odaiba just across the container port of Shinagawa and offers an excellent...
  • Fukagawa Edo Museum

    The Fukagawa Edo Museum (深川江戸資料館, Fukagawa Edo Shiryōkan) is a historic museum located in the typical and picturesque shitamachi quarter of...
  • Setagaya Castle

    Once upon a time, right in the center of Tōkyō's Setagaya Ward near the present-day ward office, there was a small fortress called Setagaya Castle...
  • Shakujii Castle

    Shakujii Castle (石神井城 Shakujii-jō) was located in what is nowadays Shakujii Park in Nerima Ward, western Tokyo. It was constructed in the late...
  • Tokyo Gate Bridge

    Tokyo Gate Bridge (東京ゲートブリッジ) opened on February 12, 2012 and connects Wakasu (若洲), an area of reclaimed land at the southern tip of Kōtō-ku, with...
  • Tokyo Sky Tree

    Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリ) is a construction project started in July 2008 in Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo. Originally conceived as “New Tokyo Tower”...
  • Edo-Tokyo Museum

    Designed by the renowned architect Kikutake Kiyonori, the Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館) was modelled after traditional stilted warehouses of the...
  1. Setagaya Castle

    Once upon a time, right in the center of Tōkyō's Setagaya Ward near the present-day ward office, there was a small fortress called Setagaya Castle (世田谷城). The ancient castle was located on the tip of a tongue-shaped plateau that stretched south from the hills between Gōtōkuji (豪徳寺駅) and Kyōdō (経堂駅) stations on Odakyu Line, surrounded by Karasuyama River (now a culvert). This map is based Tokyo Terrain Map powered by gridscapes.net Nowadays, the former inner bailey (本丸 honmaru) is located on the grounds of the adjacent Gōtōkuji temple, and the south-eastern enclosure of the castle became...
  2. Shakujii Castle

    Shakujii Castle (石神井城 Shakujii-jō) was located in what is nowadays Shakujii Park in Nerima Ward, western Tokyo. It was constructed in the late Kamakura Period (1185-1333) by the Toshima clan (豊島氏), very likely on older structures dating back to the Heian Period. I visited the castle grounds, coming from Kami-Shakujii station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. I had been walking through a calm residential area for about 20 minutes, crossing the Shakujii River (石神井川) which was the castle's southern line of defense, passing Hikawa Shrine. The shrine, constructed by the Toshima clan, is located at...
  3. Tokyo Gate Bridge

    Tokyo Gate Bridge (東京ゲートブリッジ) opened on February 12, 2012 and connects Wakasu (若洲), an area of reclaimed land at the southern tip of Kōtō-ku, with Jōnanjima (城南島), another reclaimed island just north of Haneda Airport, thereby technically spanning Tokyo Bay. The construction took almost ten years and received a lot of media attention. The tentative name chosen for the bridge was “Tokyo Bay Seaside Gate Bridge (東京港臨海大橋 Tōkyōwan rinkai ōhashi), but in August 2010 the public chose “Tokyo Gate Bridge” in a tender organised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The truss bridge is 2,618...
  4. Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

    The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園 Kyū-furukawa teien) are located in Kita Ward in northern Tokyo and are famous for their picturesque Western-style residence, their rose garden as well as their traditional Japanese stone garden. The northern part of the garden lies on the slopes of the Musashino Hills, while the Japanese garden and its pond, which were designed in the shape of the Chinese character for “heart”, are situated in the lower southern part. History The park and the Western-style building were home to Mutsu Munemitsu (陸奥宗光, 1844-97), a prominent statesman and diplomat of the...
  5. Museum of Maritime Science

    The Museum of Maritime Science (船の科学館, fune-no-kagakukan) is located in Odaiba just across the container port of Shinagawa and offers an excellent view of the Tokyo Rainbow Bridge. It was founded in 1974, reportedly with gambling profits from boat racing (kyōtei, 競艇), and is shaped like the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth; it was the first building to be erected on the then newly reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. It holds four floors of exhibits related to all aspects of civil and naval shipping and shipbuilding, from ancient Japanese rowing boats, to medieval sailing boats and modern ferry and...
  6. Kiyosumi Gardens

    Kiyosumi Garden (清澄庭園) is a traditional Japanese stroll garden located in Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo. It is a classical “pond-spring-excursion-style-garden” (池泉回遊式庭園 chisen-kaiyū-shiki-teien), that consists of a large pond at its centre, as well as artificial hills, waterfalls and rocks and that is meant – as its name implies – to be strolled about leisurely. Legend has it that Kiyosumi Garden was part of the former residence of the Edo-era merchant Kinokuniya Bunzaemon (紀伊国屋文左衛門, 1669–1734), who made a fortune trading in citrus fruits, salted salmon and lumber thanks to the protection of...
  7. Fukagawa Edo Museum

    The Fukagawa Edo Museum (深川江戸資料館, Fukagawa Edo Shiryōkan) is a historic museum located in the typical and picturesque shitamachi quarter of Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo, and reproduces the popular Edo neighbourhood of Saga-cho (佐賀町) at the end of the Tokugawa period. Fukagawa lies at the Sumida River and was home to artisans, craftsman and wealthy merchants. The museum was established in 1986 and houses an exhibition hall on two floors as well as eleven full-scale replicas of traditional houses, vegetable and rice shops, a fish store, two food stalls, a fire watchtower, a boathouse with a...
  8. Tokyo Facts

    Tokyo (東京 Tōkyō) is the capital of Japan since 1868, replacing Kyōto (“Capital City”) and means “Eastern Capital”. It was called Edo (江戸) before that and was the center of the Tokugawa shogunate from 1603 to 1868. Tōkyō is located on the Kantō Plain (関東平野 Kantō heiya), at the mouth of several rivers (Edogawa 江戸川, Arakawa 荒川, and the Tamagawa 多摩川, among other smaller rivers), and spreads around Tokyo Bay (東京湾 Tōkyō-wan) on the Pacific Ocean. Due to land subsidence, some areas of the city are a few meters below sea level, while other districts are raised and on landfill in the bay area. The...
  9. Edo-Tokyo Museum

    Designed by the renowned architect Kikutake Kiyonori, the Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館) was modelled after traditional stilted warehouses of the kurazukuri (蔵造り) type. It is located in Ryōgoku, Sumida-ku, right next to the Ryōgoku Kokugikan (両国国技館, Sumo Hall) and opened on 28 March 1993. Measuring 62.2 meters at its peak, the museum has a floor space of some 30,000 square meters and features a permanent exhibition on the history of Edo (江戸) from its foundation over 450 years ago, when it was just a little harbour town, to modern-day Tokyo. The museum displays original and replicated...
  10. Tokyo Subway Guide

    Tokyo’s subway map may look challenging, but it is actually very easy to negotiate. Each line has a different colour, there are alpha-numeric codes for each station, and signposts and directions are usually bilingual, in central stations even multilingual (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean). Certain lines serving business districts can be very crowded during rush hour (07.30 to 09.00 and 17.30 to 19.30). There are two subway systems with 274 stations and 13 lines in total, carrying over eight million passengers daily. Tokyo Subway Systems Tokyo Metro (9 lines): Chiyoda Line (C) –...
  11. Tokyo Sky Tree

    Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリ) is a construction project started in July 2008 in Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo. Originally conceived as “New Tokyo Tower” (新東京タワ), it is a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower with a maximum height of 634 meters. That height was chosen to reflect the word musashi, the name of the former province of Musashi (武蔵) that included parts of the modern-day Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa Prefectures: 6 (六 mu), 3 (三 sa), 4 (四 shi). Sky Tree is the tallest structure in Japan, the world’s tallest free-standing tower (officially recognised by Guinness World Records on...
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