I herewith introduce some destinations in Tokyo. Some are major tourist spots, while some are towns mainly for local Japanese people. In any case, they are sure to help you understand Japanese history, culture, and life. I am willing to include these places in my tour plan designed for you. Please tell me if you are interested in any one of them.
The Imperial Palace East Garden
The Imperial Palace East garden was previously an Edo castle of Tokugawa Shogunate. It was the biggest and strongest castle in Japan. In the late 19th century, the castle was peacefully handed over to the new government led by Emperor Meiji, and became the Imperial Palace. This is the place where modern Japan started.
Meiji Jingu Shrine
It is a Shinto shrine where Emperor Meiji and Empress are enshrined. He is respected and loved by Japanese people because he successfully led Japan toward modernized country after the Meiji restoration 150 years ago. Once stepping in, You should feel spiritual tranquility in cool air.
Ueno Park & Toshogu Shrine
Original Toshogu locates in Nikko and is a world heritage, while Ueno Toshogu is in Ueno Park which is famous for cherry blossoms in spring, and easier to visit. Ueno Toshogu is also built in the mid of the 17th century to worship Tokugawa Ieyasu, the 1st Shogun, and a builder of Tokyo town.
Koishikawa Korakuen (Japanese garden)
This is one of the most reputable Japanese landscape gardens made in the 17th century. At the time, there was a mansion of the Tokugawa Shogunate family in this important location. The garden has plum tree woods, spring water, a big pond and artificial mountains with ballpark as its backdrop now.
Kagurazaka is a compact town in the center of Tokyo. Because there were hundreds of Geisha houses in the peak period (only a few remain now, though) along narrow back alleyways with stone steps, it still holds the scent of traditional Japanese culture. The town offers an authentic Japanese tearoom as well.
Omotesando architecture tour
Omotesando is called the Champs-Elysees of Tokyo. One of the draws here are numerous buildings designed by the world’s famous architects along the street, which is rarely seen in other parts of the world. It’s a pavilion of modern architecture.