Theme cafes

Theme cafes

This is an opportunity that cannot be missed and there are so many cafes to choose from!!! Have a meal at any number of themed places like a vampire, video game, Alice in Wonderland, Pokémon, anime, robot, maid and so many more. I visited the Cat Café Mocha Lounge which is one of the largest […]

Daigo Fukuryu-Maru Exhibition Hall

Daigo Fukuryu-Maru Exhibition Hall

Lucky Dragon and Atomic Tuna Memorial I didn’t get to visit this during my time in Tokyo, but it is on my list for next time! This is a large building that holds the “Daigo Fukuryu Maru” (Lucky Dragon #5) fishing boat. On March 1, 1954, twenty-three crew members were tuna fishing far out to […]

Segaku-ji Temple

The original temple was built in 1612 but burned down in 1641; It was rebuilt but destroyed again during World War II. The current building was constructed in 1953 in Tokyo. This site is most famous for the graveyard holding the tightly packed bodies of the 47 Ronin. These were the masterless samurai from Ako. […]

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

This Eiffel Tower-looking structure stands 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo.  That is 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. It is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and is a symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth. Go up to the top of this tower to get a great view of Tokyo. On a […]

Shibuya Intersection

Shibuya Intersection

A trip to Tokyo must include a visit to Shibuya Intersection!  Being known as one of the most congested intersections in the world, it is certainly a sight to see.  At times, there are over 3,000 people interacting! Somewhat similar to New York City’s Times Square, there are multiple cafes, bars, restaurants, and big screens. […]

Harajuku Street

Harajuku Street

This is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage fashion culture. The focal point is Takeshita Dori and the side streets are lined with trendy shops and food stands. Make sure you check out one of the largest 100 Yen Shops ($1 store) that offers a variety of goods. If gaudy and over the top isn’t your […]

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine

This shrine was built in 1920 as a memorial to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, the country’s first modern rulers. The original building was destroyed during World War II, but generous public fundraising rebuilt the shrine following the war. Take a few minutes to wander around the property and enjoy the over 100,000 trees in the beautiful […]

Sword Museum

Sword Museum

This museum displays the history and technology of sword making in Japan. The katana swords that were famously wielded by samurais up until about 150 years ago have a stellar reputation for their sharpness and grace. The katana is the weapon that is most thought of when Japanese warriors come to mind. This museum was established in […]

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

This is a controversial shrine that memorializes around 2.5 million people who died during the wars this country was involved in and the rebuilding of Japan. This includes 352,297 unidentified WWII dead and civilians from the air raids on Japan and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was founded in 1869 and a record called Book […]

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace was settled on the former Edo Castle site. The stone walls and moats surround the palace and the park it is settled in. It is officially the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. The former Edo Castle was the seat of the shogun who ruled over Japan from 1603 to 1867. In 1868, the shogunate […]

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