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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
The best way to see Shibuya? By night! Stride the streets a bit, then choose your preferred coffee shop, find a perch and watch the night-life swirl past.
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7 Chome-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-8558, Japan
The glass waves on the exterior of The National Art Center of Tokyo are a hint of the towering, clean glass and concrete interior architecture. The museum has a welcoming interior filled with natural light, lounge chairs, and cafes. The building...
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3 Chome-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-0005, Japan
The Tokyo International Forum is a stunning architectural masterpiece of glass and steel truss designed as a multipurpose convention and event space by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. It was completed in 1996 on the site of the former Tokyo...
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1-1 Hamarikyūteien, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0046, Japan
Hamarikyu Gardens is a 250,165-square-meter landscaped garden built on the site of a 17th-century game reserve owned by the Tokugawa family and located adjacent to Tokyo Bay. The garden features a variety of native flora and fauna, including...
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
It looks unreal with the dramatic lighting against the gilt . . .
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Japan, 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Ueno, 4 Chome−7−8 アメ横センタービル3F
Here is tako (octopus) for sale at one of the many merchant stalls dotting the Ame-yoko shopping street in Ueno, Tokyo. Ameyoko (アメ横) is a busy market street along the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations. The name "Ameyoko"...
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Ueno, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
Ueno is a great spot for a walkabout in Tokyo. It has almost everything that someone looking for an urban getaway could want—good food from countless cafes, restaurants, and food kiosks; a park (Ueno Park) to walk around; and even a children's...
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Puffer Fish (Tetraodontidae), famous for its poison, is really a lethal enjoyment of food. The restaurants that serve puffer fish must obtain the licenses. Therefore, only a limited number of puffer fish specialty restaurants exist out there....
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2301 Sannai, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1431, Japan
Nikko Tosho-gu is a large Shinto shrine in Tochigi Prefecture just north of Tokyo. It is dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Ieyasu Tokugawa, whose remains are entombed within. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it can be reached in...
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5-20 Uenokoen, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan
Always a good place for a walkabout, we always enjoy visiting the Ueno Park area when we are in Tokyo. There's the Ueno Zoo and National Musuem of Nature and Science, which the kids always enjoy visiting as well,
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
On a rainy night in Tokyo, the red and gold of Senso-ji illuminates the dark.
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2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052, Japan

Yoyogi park is this great park in Harajuku where everyone congregates to practice their hobbies. There were people playing sports, games, dancing, everything! This is where you'll find many of the fancifully dressed folks that Harajuku is famous...

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I was really excited to see Tokyo, and what an introduction I got when I stepped out of Shibuya Station! I didn't even realize I was standing at the famous Shibuya crossing. There were people everywhere—so much activity! Darkness had just set in,...
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Japan, 〒160-0022 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−36−12 杉忠ビル 2F
Our first morning in Shinjuku Japan and we were wandering around this cold January morning and happened across this small temple and cemetery in the valley of high rises and skyscrapers. The little elderly woman tending to cemetery did not speak...
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2 Chome Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Ishi no Hana in Shibuya is one of the most progressive bars in the city. The mixologist, Shinobu Ishigaki, creates forward-thinking, modern concoctions from rare seasonal ingredients such as saffron syrup and lavender brought over from Hokkaido. —...
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6 Chome-11-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
From on the top of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, one can get a great view of the iconic Tokyo Tower in all its glory. Go to the tower right before sunset to get the most vibrant colors. There's a 360 degree view of the city.... From the other...
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Japan, 〒107-6290 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 9丁目7−6 東京ミッドタウン・ガーデン内
Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake created this experimental design museum, and star Japanese architect Tadao Ando constructed the building. The museum always has great installations by artists such as the industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. —...
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Japan, 〒150-0021 Tokyo, Shibuya, Ebisunishi, 1 Chome−5−8 DISビル 102
According to the laws of physics, time travel in the real world is impossible, but the physicists who say so obviously have never been to a certain bar in trendy Ebisu. The moment you step through the door, you are instantly transported to an...
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3-7-1-2, 3丁目-7 西新宿 新宿区 東京都 163-1055, Japan
Here, a room-service breakfast meant an amazing variety of food with an incredible view of the metropolis. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is famous for the location where Lost in Translation was filmed.