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History - TOKYO got devastated repeatedly but restored every time

 

For First-timer

If you are a history lover, you cannot miss the Imperial Palace, which was once called Edo castle where Shogun was living. The peaceful handover of the castle from the last Shogun to the emperor in 1868 was one of the most important moment in Japan's history.

Now many visitors visited only to Double-Bridge at the Imperial Palace, but it is not enough. To learn the history, please go to East Garden (open to public 5 days a week, entrance fee is free of charge), then walk up to the remains of the Edo castle tower. The tower was the highest at a time of construction in the 17th century, but it was burned down by fire only 20 years later. Since then, castle tower has not been reconstructed as it is useless in peaceful time.

《Recommended destination》

 The Imperial Palace (Edo castle)

For Repeater

To learn history of Japan and Tokyo deeply, there are two recommendable places to visit. One is Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. It is the oldest and largest museum in Japan, and its exhibition provides an overview of Japanese history and culture in a chronological manner. Ueno area has a lot of museums. It is heaven for art-lovers!

The other recommendation is Edo-Tokyo museum in Ryogoku. This museum focus on history of Edo and Tokyo. Once you walk in, a lot of exquisit exhibits take you to an old days of Tokyo. This museum is just next to Kokugikan, a National Sumo Stadium. There held Sumo tournamet there in January, May, and September, and you may have chance to see Sumo wrestlers on the street.

《Recommended destinations》

 Tokyo National Museum

 Edo-Tokyo museum

 Kokugikan (Sumo museum)