Tokyo Central Railway Station: It is located in the district of Chiboya, Tokyo. It functions as a railway junction for the trains coming from different parts of Japan.
Originally, Tokyo was a small fishing village known as Edo, meaning estuary. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world. Today, it is one of the hot tourist destinations around the world. As per the record of the year 2006, the city of Tokyo was visited by 420 million Japanese and over 4.81 million foreign tourists, and the economic value at this time was recorded 9.4 trillion yen. Appareled with the rich cultural heritages, museums, parks, world heritage sites, urban developments, fairs and festivals, public parks and gardens, marine diversity and the geographical and natural uniqueness and magnificence; it is immensely fascinating to the tourists.
Tokyo is full of tourist attractions, and it is always advisable to prepare the itinerary beforehand. Prior planning not only becomes suitable for escalating the joys of visits, but also it becomes possible to explore maximum tourist attractions.
1. Tokyo Imperial Palace: Located in Chiyoda area, it is near Tokyo station. It is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. Consisting of various buildings along with the main imperial palace, it is like a park, and the imperial family residence, administrative office and museum etc are all located in an area of about 3.41 sq km.
2. Tokyo National Museum: Enveloping more than six hundred cultural and historical properties, the Tokyo National Museum is the largest and oldest museum of Japan. It is one of the highly frequented tourist attractions in Tokyo.
3. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: Located in Shibuya and Shinjuku, originally it used to be the residence of the Naito Family. Now it is a fully fledged garden impregnated with several wonders.
4. Tokyo Skytree: In the year 2010, it became the tallest tower in Japan. Combining a restaurant, broadcasting center and an observation tower, it is situated in Sumida. It is one of the must see attractions in Tokyo.
5. Tokyo Metro: Visiting Tokyo and missing the ride in the Tokyo Metro is never desirable. There may be other similar rapid transits, however; it has the credit of highest ridership.
6. Meiji Jingu: It is located in Shibuya, and it is a Shinto shrine that has been dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Shoken’s spirits. Covered by the lush green trees, it embraces the area of about 175 acres and functions as relaxation and recreation area.
Asakusa, Nezu Museum, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo City View, Suntory Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Edo Tokyo Museum, Chidorigafuchi, Yoyogi Park, Odaiba, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Ginza, National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno Park, Robot Restaurant, and the Tsukiji Market are the other must visit attractions.
Other attractions that are highly desirable by the tourists flocking to Tokyo are the set of attractions in the surroundings of Tokyo. Here are some most popular tourist attractions near Tokyo:
1. Golden Pavilion: Located at a distance of about 465 km from Tokyo, the Golden Pavilion is the renowned Buddhist Temple in Kyoto. Credited as the World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited tourist hot spots in the whole of Japan. The architecture of the main temple building, Mirror Pond, Stone Pagoda, Sekkatei Tea House, and Fudo Hall etc are prolifically alluring.
2. Mount Fuji: Situated in Honshu Island, Mount Fuji is considered to be the highest mountain in Japan. It is an active volcano and its distance from Tokyo is about 100 kilometers. It can be seen from Tokyo if the sky remains clear. Its elevation from the sea level is about 3,776m.
3. Todaji Temple: situated in Nara, Kyoto; the Todaji Temple is highly fascinating to both Buddhists and others alike. Conceived as the Buddhist authority seat by Emperor Shomu in 8th century, its grandeur still remains unchanged. Despite the natural calamities, it has never lost its charms, and now it has been declared as the World Heritage Site.
4. Jigokudani Monkey Park: Locally referred to as Shikakogen, the Jigokudani Monkey Park is the located in the Nagano Prefecture. Jigokudani means the ‘Hell’s Valley’, and it has been so named because of the boiling hot water of the spring emerging out of small cervices from the ground. The monkeys can be seen here bathing and relaxing.
5. Hiroshima Peace Memorial: Designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Hiroshima Prefecture. It commemorates the sorrowful event of dropping the atom bomb in Hiroshima during the Second World War.