The Meiji Shrine was founded in 1921 to enshrine the Emperor and Empress Meiji, Japan's first sovereign following the demise of rule by the Samurai class. With many large trees still growing in its grounds, Meiji-jingu is a precious nature-filled sanctuary in the heart of Tokyo.
Located in Taito-ku along the west bank of the Sumida-gawa River, the Asakusa district once thrived as a temple town for the nearby Senso-ji Temple. Today, it is a vibrant downtown district that rivals the likes of Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Shibuya, but with beautiful elements of its history still intact.
The Imperial Palace
Located opposite The Peninsula Tokyo, travel through time and be enchanted by The Imperial Palace, with its large park area surrounded by moats and monumental ancient stone walls. The Imperial Palace is the former site of the Edo Castle and was occupied by the Tokugawa Shogunate who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867.
Akihabara, the largest electronics town in the world, is a must-see for tech-savvy travellers. It is packed with shops selling every variety and brand of household electrical appliances and PCs, as well as specialty stores dealing in electronic parts that can't be found anywhere else, and duty-free shops.
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By Mr. Yusuke Saito - Senior Front Desk Receptionist
Opened in 1913, the Toden Arakawa Line is the sole survivor of Tokyo’s once thriving streetcar system. Running between Waseda Station in Arakawa-ku and Minowabashi Station in Shinjuku, these retro streetcars are a unique way to explore the city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
By Ms. Hitomi Takeuchi - Spa Receptionist
Find yourself in food heaven at the oldest department store in Japan. It has been referred to as the “Harrods of Tokyo”, but the Mitsukoshi Ginza Food Hall is certainly in a league of its own. The department store’s two basement levels are dedicated to serving an array of sumptuous fare from fresh fruits to Japanese and Western sweets, pastries, Japanese bento and much more.
Levels B1 & B2
4-6-16, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
By Ms Toki Nakano - Uniform Attendant
Reopened in 2009 after a three-year renovation, the stunning Nezu Museum, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, houses the private collection of traditional Japanese and Asian artworks owned by Meiji-period railroad magnate and politician Kaichiro Nezu. The Museum is also home to one of the finest Japanese gardens in the heart of Tokyo, surrounded by trees and boasting a vast five acres of waterfalls, rolling paths, teahouses and ponds.
By Mr Yasuo Watanabe - Guest Services Transportation Officer
Immerse yourself in authentic local culture at Yanaka Ginza, a small street market frequented by residents for everything from groceries to toys, clothing and everyday necessities. A short walk from Nippori station, row upon row of rustic, mom-and-pop shops lend an air of nostalgia and old town ambience to this charming destination.
- Shops range from groceries and necessities to clothes and toys for local residences
- The closest station is Nippori JR Station or Sendagi Subway Station
- "Yanaka" is named because the location is in a valley between Uenodai and Hongodai.