JAPAN TRIP DESTINATION: WEST TOKYO

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IKEBUKURO

Ikebukuro  is an urban entertanment district in north Tokyo. It offers plenty of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities. It is a hub of activity with main lines from the suburbs. Seibu  has a stake in Sunshine City, a large shopping and entertainment complex not far from the station. 

Ikebukuro is also a center of otaku culture. Unlike Akihabara, Ikebukuro caters more to a female clientele with butler cafes and anime, manga and cosplay related shops such as Animate, Mandarake and K-Books.

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Shinjuku City

Pictures Of 2010 Trip

 

Shinjuku City encompasses the buzzing clubs and karaoke rooms of neon-lit East Shinjuku and upscale hotel bars and restaurants in the Skyscraper District. Tokyo Metropolitan Building has a popular observation deck, and Mount Hakone rises over tranquil urban parkland. Galleries, theaters, and bookstores attract students from busy campuses. New National Stadium is a high-tech sports venue built for the 2020 Olympics.

Pictures Of 2015 Trip To Tokyo

Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day. It is served by about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line. Shinjuku is also one of Tokyo’s major stops for long-distance highway buses. A large bus terminal, named Busta Shinjuku, is conveniently located on top of the railway station.

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meiji jingu

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮Meiji Jingū), is located in Shibuya, and is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Construction began in 1915 under Itō Chūta, and the shrine was built in the traditional nagare-zukuri style, using primarily Japanese cypress and copper.

 

Meiji Shrine is located in a forest that covers an area of 70 hectares of  evergreen forest, which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established. The entrance to the shrine complex leads through the Jingu Bashi (bridge).

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IKEBANA

Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, “arranging flowers” or “making flowers alive”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō (華道, “way of flowers”).

The tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, they were placed in the tokonoma (alcove) of a home. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16th century under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries.

MEIJI JINGU GYOEN

During the Meiji period, the garden came under the supervision of the Imperial Household Agency and named Yoyogi Gyoen (Yoyogi Imperial Garden) and was frequently visited by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken.

The garden contains a tea house, an arbour, a fishing stand and an iris garden. It has an area of 83,000 square meters and is open to the public throughout the year.

The Meiji Shrine Inner Garden (明治神宮内苑Meiji Jingū Naien)  is a public garden adjacent to Meiji Shrine. The garden was once part of the suburban residences of Katō Kiyomasa and later the Ii clan during the Edo period. 

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SHINBASHI

ROPPONGI HILLS

Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズRoppongi Hiruzu) is a development project in Tokyo and one of Japan’s largest integrated property developments, located in the Roppongi district of Minato, Tokyo.

Constructed by building tycoon Minoru Mori, the mega-complex incorporates office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theatres, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheatre, and a few parks. The centerpiece is the 54-story Mori Tower. 

TOKYO TOWER

FootTown, a four-story building directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from there, guests can visit two observation decks. The two-story Main Deck (formerly known as the Main Observatory) is at 150 meters (490 ft), while the smaller Top Deck (formerly known as the “Special Observatory”) reaches a height of 249.6 meters (819 ft). The names were changed following renovation of the top deck in 2018.

Tokyo Tower  “Japan Radio Tower” is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato. At 332.9 meters (1,092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.

 

Built in 1958, the tower’s main sources of income are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower.

 

 

AO YAMA CEMETARY

Aoyama Cemetery (青山霊園Aoyama reien) is a cemetery in Aoyama, Minato managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The cemetery is also famous for its cherry blossoms, and at the season of hanami, which many people would visit.

MEGURO KU

Meguro (目黒区Meguro-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, The English translation of its name is Black Eyes. The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

Meguro is predominantly residential in character, but is also home to light industry, corporate head offices, the Komaba campus of University of Tokyo as well as fifteen foreign embassies and consulates. 

 

The Meguro River (目黒川Meguro-gawa) is a river which flows through Tokyo. Its tributaries include the Kitazawa River and the Karasuyama River. The river flows into Tokyo Bay near the Tennōzu Isle Station. The river banks are extensively landscaped and act as an urban green space for communities along its length and is a popular venue for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.