JAPAN TRIP DESTINATION: CENTRAL TOKYO

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KURAKOEN AND TOKYO DOME CITY

 

The SHONEN JUMP SHOP is a branch of JUMP manga that sells officially licensed goods and products of the characters featured in the Weekly Jump magazine. Popular characters from Jump Manga can be seen at this store, often with exclusive merchandise that can’t be bought anywhere else.

Tokyo Dome City, is built of the grounds of the former Tokyo Koishikawa arsenal. Tokyo Dome City includes an amusement park and Tokyo Dome City Attractions (formerly Kōrakuen Grounds). This amusement park occupies the former Korakuen Stadium site and includes a roller coasternamed Thunder Dolphin and a hubless Ferris wheel.

 

The grounds also have an onsen called Spa LaQua, various shops, restaurants, video game centers, the largest JRA WINS horse race betting complex in Tokyo, and Oft Korakuen, which caters to rural horse races.

RIKUGIEN GARDENS (2016)

Rikugien (六義園) is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Korakuen. Built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Rikugien literally means “six poems garden” and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by manmade hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of trails.

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AKIHABARA

Akihabara is considered by many to be the centre of modern Japanese popular culture and a major shopping district for video games, anime, manga, electronics and 

computer-related goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafés and some arcades are found throughout the district.

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TOKYO AND THE IMPERIAL PALACE

WADAKURA FOUNTAIN PARK

Wadakura Fountain Park is part of Kokyogaien National Gardens built to commemorate the royal wedding of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan in 1961, it was then reconstructed, in 1995 with the postmodern theme of ‘Continuity and New Development’. The reconstruction celebrated the wedding of the Crown Prince and Princess. Four canals connect the new fountain to the old fountain and symbolize the Royal Weddings of two generations. 

  1. K okyogaien National Gardens covers an area of approximately 115 hectares. The combined area of the 12 moats amounts to approximately 37 hectares.

A wide grassy expanse, in the southeast corner of Kōkyo-gaien, has roughly 2000 immaculately maintained Japanese black pine trees that were planted in the late 19th century. Walk as close as you can to the Imperial Palace for the famous view of the two bridges: Megane-bashi and Nijū-bashi.

 

KOKYO GAIEN GARDENS

 

Kokyogaien National Gardens are situated in the center of Tokyo. These gardens were first opened to public as the National Gardens in 1949.
Prior to this date, the National Gardens were part of the Imperial Palace grounds. These beautiful and well maintained National Gardens are divided into three sections.

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  2. 1.The Garden Plaza directly in front of the Imperial Palace.
  3. 2.Kitanaomaru Garden area located due north of the Imperial Palace.
  4. 3.The twelve scenic moats which surround the Imperial Palace, the Garden Plaza and Kitanomaru area.

 

KITANOMARU PARK

  1. Kitanomaru Park (北の丸公園Kitanomaru Kōen) is a public park located North of the Tokyo Imperial Palace.

    The park is the location of both the Nippon Budokan, an indoor sports and performance venue, the Science Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

The Imperial Palace East Gardens

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The Imperial Palace East Gardens (皇居東御苑, Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public. They are the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense, the honmaru (“main circle”) and ninomaru (“secondary circle”). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist.

Located on the grounds of the East Gardens is the Imperial Tokagakudo Music Hall, the Music Department of the Board of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household, the Archives and Mausolea Department Imperial Household Agency, structures for the guards such as the Saineikan dojo, and the Museum of the Imperial Collections.

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HIBIYA PARK

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Hibiya Park (日比谷公園 Hibiya Kōen) is a park in Chiyoda City, Tokyo. It covers an area of 161,636.66m2 (40 acre) . The park is famous for the Shisei Kaikan (市政会館), a brick building built in Gothic style in 1929, which once housed the Domei Tsushin state wire service and its postwar successors Kyodo News and Jiji Press. This Park is also home to the “Risky Ginkgo,” A Ginkgo tree that is about 500 years old and almost cost the park’s designer his job when he fought to save the tree in 1901.

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The park is also known for its open-air concert venue, Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall (日比谷野外音楽堂), commonly known as Yaon (野音), as well as for its tennis courts (for which reservations are hotly contested due to their proximity to the financial and government districts). World War II took a toll on the park when almost all the trees and fencing was used for the war effort.