The capital of Japan is quite a young city,whose age is 400 years. During this time he was repeatedly subjected to wars, earthquakes, fires, changed his name and appearance. To date, Tokyo is a modern metropolis that has spread to the neighboring cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki. The capital of Japan is a city of contrasts that combines eastern and European culture, modern skyscrapers and ancient temples. Sights of Tokyo are known to tourists around the world. The most famous of them are:
- The Imperial Palace and the garden. This landmark is the earliest building in Tokyo. The first buildings appeared on the site of the modern palace of the Emperor of Japan in the 16th century. To date, the palace is the residence of the rulers of the country, its territory is divided into two parts - closed and open to visitors. That part of the building in which the queen's chambers, his family and surroundings are located, is closed to tourists, and the eastern part of the building, together with the garden and defensive structures, is freely accessible for those who want to touch the majestic spirit of ancient Japan. This monument of architecture is an object that falls under state protection, and the property of the whole country;
- Tokyo Tower - a TV tower with a viewing platform. It is a symbol of the city, the same as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. At the time of construction in 1958, Tokyo Tower was the highest tower in the world. Visiting the observation platforms of the structure, you can admire the views of the Tokyo Bay;
- Roppongi Hills, which wasestablished in 2003, includes a whole complex of facilities such as restaurants, shops, a hotel, a cinema, company offices, a television studio and a concert venue. The site can be a worthy competition to the Tokyo television tower, since it has a viewing platform, from which an amazing view of the city from a bird's eye view opens up.
Tokyo is the heart of Japanese culture
To the sights of the capital of Japan, which are worth seeing in order to get an idea of the culture of the country, include:
- The Happoen Garden, which enablesto get acquainted with the features of garden art and the Japanese tea ceremony. Tea ceremony can be included in the mandatory program of visiting the garden. Despite the fact that the tea ceremony lasts only 20 minutes, it can make an indelible impression on any of its participants;
- The Meiji Temple, named after the famousEmperor of Japan Meiji, who pulled the country out of the Middle Ages and elevated it to a number of leading world powers, amazes with its splendor. It was built in honor of the emperor and his wife;
- Asakusa is a Buddhist temple, which rightfully occupies the main place among the most ancient temples of Tokyo. This is a whole temple complex, which you can touch to the history of Japan.
- The areas of Harajuku and Omonte Sando are centersTokyo design art and fashion industry. Omonte-sando has long been compared with the world-famous Champs Elysées. In this area there are branches of all leading world manufacturers of fashionable clothes and accessories, and the prices for the goods will please with the availability.
- Shinjuku is a district of skyscrapers, which isa place of concentration of all administrative and commercial structures of Tokyo. The area of interest is the building of the Tokyo Municipality, which has a site on the 45th floor.
- The Sumidagawa River and its 13 bridges are one of thethe most important sights of Tokyo. You can cruise on the river directly from the temple of Asakusa. Through the river thirteen bridges are thrown, each of which has its own individual history of construction.
The most famous sights of Tokyois also the man-made island of Odaiba, which is located in the Tokyo Bay. A fascinating journey along the Sumidagawa River from the Buddhist temple of Asakus ends here. On the island there are exhibition halls of such famous Japanese manufacturers as Panasonic and Toyota. Views of the night Tokyo are striking in its picturesqueness, and the Tokyo Bay, decorated with floating boat-restaurants and lit by flashlights, looks from the island just fine.
Ginza area - the focus of trade in Tokyo
The best restaurants of the Japanese capital andfashionable shops are located in the Ginza area. Visiting it, you can pay tribute to the restaurants of Japanese cuisine, which are also included in the list of attractions of the city. Tourists should visit the largest market in Tokyo - the Tsukiji market. The market is the largest in Tokyo trade in vegetables and fish. If you have a special endurance, then it is worth to visit the auctions for the sale of tuna, which start at 5 am, and at 6 o'clock you can visit the sushi bar, in which you will cook sushi from the fish just bought on the market. Before you visit the market on your own, you must certainly get acquainted with his card, as finding a place for bargaining is not so simple. You need to familiarize yourself with the rules of visiting the market by tourists.
"Sights of the second day"
Tokyo is famous for not only its main attractions, but also the so-called "second day attractions". They include:
- Sumo wrestling competitions,
- stock exchange,
- gardens of the capital, which are executed in the traditional Japanese style,
- a museum of samurai swords.
To the entertainment attractions of TokyoDisneyland, which is a thematic park and covers an area of more than 47 hectares. To the favorite entertainment of tourists from all over the world is visiting a tea ceremony, which introduces the spirit of Japan. If you want to immerse yourself in your inner sensations and experience harmony, then you should dine for geisha playing, attend a shiatsu massage session, learn lessons on samurai sword, or walk in Tokyo in a kimono that can be rented. If you are striving for gastronomic pleasures, then it is worth to attend an event such as Kayseki's dinner. All food here is served in small portions in a unique ceramic pottery, and the ceremony takes place in a separate room, from which a beautiful view of the inner garden opens. Dinner Kaiseki allows you to fully focus on the taste sensations. In addition to the classic land, loved by the inhabitants of different corners of the planet, in Tokyo you can try and delicacies such as sushi "o-toro" and sushi from the whale. Sushi "o-tiro" is sushi, made from tuna. One small piece will cost 6-8 dollars, and the whole tuna is sold at Tsukiji market for about 20 thousand dollars. If you want to touch the life of the average Japanese citizen, then you can visit such a Tokyo landmark as onsen. Onsen are public baths, which offer their visitors to immerse themselves in a hot bath with mineral water. In the bath you can also experience such types of spa treatments as sand baths, massage, peeling with fish Garra Rufa and various beauty treatments. Onsen visitors are offered a variety of traditional Japanese dishes and drinks. In order to see all the sights of Tokyo, you need at least four days. On the first day, it is best to visit a sightseeing tour around the capital of Japan. It is conducted in English. On the second day, inspect the places that are on the list of "second day attractions". The third day should be planned in such a way as to visit the sale of tuna in the Tsukiji market, and also to touch the culture of Japan. You can do it in several ways: visiting a traditional tea ceremony or getting acquainted with the traditions of fearless Japanese samurai. The fourth day should be dedicated to unique cosmetic and spa procedures, which bring unspeakable pleasure. These Tokyo attractions will surely please the beautiful half of humanity and surprise the men. On this day, you should go to a shiatsu massage session or visit onsen. Gastronomy should also be taken into account. Japanese cuisine is able to surprise even the tourist who has seen the species, and sushi from the whale or sushi "o-toro" can be tried only in Japan.