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There are so many peaceful places in and around Tokyo. Break away from the crowds and clear your mind.
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Japan, 〒106-0047 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, 港区Minamiazabu, 5 Chome−7−29
Tokyo parks are made for slowing down. Somebody put a lot of thought into designing everything just so —the pond, the landscaping, this tree here, that tree there. Find a bench and take it all in. Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park is an excellent...
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Japan, 〒248-0023 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Gokurakuji, 3 Chome−7
The rainy season trade-off in Japan means not seeing the sun for weeks in exchange for insane hydrangea blooms, or ajisai. I think it's a fair deal. Just as with cherry blossoms in the spring, you don't have to go to a particular spot to enjoy...
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Japan, 〒236-0015 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Kanazawa-ku, 金沢町212−1
The most peaceful place I've found while living in Yokohama is Shomyoji Temple near the Kanazawa-Bunko station on the Keikyu rail line. The structures and iconic red bridges have been rebuilt in the past century, but the site has been used as a...
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Japan, 〒110-0001 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Yanaka, 7 Chome−14−8
Tenouji temple is a lovely little temple located next to Yanaka Cemetery near Nippori. About a 15-minute walk from Ueno Park, it is located in a residential neighborhood dotted with traditional Japanese-style houses and architecture as well as...
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Japan, 〒105-0002 Tokyo, 港区愛宕1丁目5−3
The thing about visiting shrines in Japan is that they're everywhere and they're all special in their own way. So explore the ones in whatever neighborhood you're staying—they're bound to be peaceful and interesting. If you find yourself in Tokyo...