Delicious grilled chicken and a view of Tokyo Station in Shin-Marunouchi building

Tokyo Station is surrounded by the very modern business district of Marunouchi. One may wonder where to get a good view of the impressive train station, and perhaps more importantly, where to eat delicious Japanese food around the station. I’m going to answer those two questions at once. Continue reading Delicious grilled chicken and a view of Tokyo Station in Shin-Marunouchi building

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Country: Japan
Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Tōkyō-to
City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Marunouchi
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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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Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Tōkyō-to
City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Kōkyogaien
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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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Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Tōkyō-to
City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Marunouchi
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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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Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan war museum (靖国神社 Yasukuni Jinja)

The Yasukuni Shrine is well known as the shrine commemorating individuals that have died in service to Japan including World War II war criminals. That explains all the complaints from Chinese and Korean governments when Japanese politicians visit the shrine. I was well aware of the controversies surrounding the shrine before visiting it, and I admit those controversies were part of why I got interested.
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Area : Kanto area
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City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Kudanminami
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Nippon Budokan, Kitanomaru park and AKB48

The Nippon Budokan, famous arena in the center of Tokyo is not only the setting of martial art championships but also the host to showcases of popular culture. Built in 1964 for judo competitions of the Tokyo Olympics, it served also to record famous international music groups such as Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne. Here’s a rare footage of the Beetles playing in Tokyo at the Budokan:

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District : Kitanomarukōen
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Hie Shrine (Hie Jinja,日枝神社)

What fascinates me about Japan is how tradition and modernity are incorporated seamlessly in both social behaviors and architecture. Hie Jinja (Shrine) is a good example of the later. It is located in a modern sector of Tokyo, very close to the Japanese government buildings (Diet), and yet, the shrine offers an oasis of serenity amist the turbulent modernity of Tokyo.

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Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Tōkyō-to
City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Nagatachō
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