A footbridge to Enoshima Island

The island of Enoshima makes a perfect day-trip from Tokyo and will give you a glimpse of the Japanese beach culture. From the Enoshima train station, a short walk leads to the pedestrian bridge which most visitors cross to visit the island. The bridge is an excellent location from which to take photos of the island. It is also a good occasion to study the current Japanese beach fashion of the moment. From the bridge, you can see some of the major attractions of the island including the Enoshima tower, the Enoshima island spa and some buildings part of the Enoshima shrine, partly hiding under the dense vegetation.

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Yokohama Waterfront, Minato Mirai

The Minato Mirai, translated “port of the future” in English, is an urban development project built on reclaimed land near the original city centers of Yokohama. Its landscape is indeed futuristic Continue reading Yokohama Waterfront, Minato Mirai

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The big Buddha of Kamakura, Kōtoku-in temple

One of Kamakura’s landmarks is without a doubt the Great Buddha of Kamakura. This monumental bronze statue of Buddha Continue reading The big Buddha of Kamakura, Kōtoku-in temple

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Hase-dera

Hase-dera is in my opinion one of the best attraction of Kamakura. Not only the temple itself is gorgeous, its gardens are splendid as well. The temple is located at higher altitude than Kamakura itself. Viewpoints from the temple therefore offer an impressive overlooking view on Kamakura and its beach. The temple also hosts the Benten-Kutsu Cave which contains hundreds of small devotional statues in its long and narrow corridors.

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Kamakura Bamboo Forest (Hokoku-ji temple)

Hokoku-ji temple, also sometimes called Take-dera (Take = bamboo in Japanese) is famous for its beautiful bamboo grove. About two thousand bamboo trees grow on the premise of the temple. The strength of Hokoku-ji temple is undoubtedly its forest and gardens which inspire total peace of mind. An open-air Japanese tea-house is located in annex to the temple. Traditional Japanese Matcha tea can be enjoyed while peacefully looking at the forest.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo)

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is literally a minute away from the Tokyo Station. It is delimited by the Marunouchi business district on the East side. You can see the row of Continue reading Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo)

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Marunouchi Building and Observatory

The recently renovated Tokyo Station is a landmark in the heart of Tokyo. One can observe it from many locations but the Marunouchi tower may arguably offer one of the best view Continue reading Marunouchi Building and Observatory

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Tokyo Station

Tokyo station is the main railway station of the city of Tokyo, and the busiest train station in terms of train frequency. It deserves both local and Shinkansen super-express trains. The Tokyo station went under extensive renovations from 2007 to 2012 and attracts a lot of visitors to the newly revamped Marunouchi wing. Continue reading Tokyo Station

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