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Tokyo - Five Must See Sights

November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine

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Tokyo - Five Must See Sights

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
Tokyo is by far the most populous city in the world, with a metropolitan-area population of more than 32 million. The city was named Edo until 1867. It is one of the most modern and most expensive cities in the world. If you are going to Tokyo, here are five must-see sites:

National Museum of Nature and Science. Opened in 1877, this is one of the most important museums of its kind in the world. The museum asserts that its mission is "to deepen the public's knowledge of technology, the earth and life; and to contribute to ongoing discussion on the desirable relationship between humans, nature and technology." Visitors will find many fascinating exhibits among its 3.8 million objects.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Once the exclusive domain of royalty, these gardens were destroyed during World War II and reopened in 1949, this time to the public. The gardens combine Eastern and Western landscape design, featuring French, English, and Japanese gardens. They are especially popular for the blossoming of their 1,500 cherry trees in early spring.

Mori Arts Center and Tower. The 53-story Mori Tower is the fifth tallest building in Tokyo, at 781 feet. It is an excellent place from which to get a panoramic, birds-eye view of the city. The Mori Arts Center is located on floors 49 to 54. It hosts some of Japan's finest modern art exhibitions.

Omotesando. This is both a neighborhood and a broad tree-lined boulevard. Its buildings are a showcase for modern Japanese architecture, and fittingly, they house a number of international fashion houses. It is a nice place to take a walk and do some window shopping.

Imperial Palace East Gardens. This was once the site of Edo castle, the home of the Tokugawa shoguns who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. The current emperor's residence - the Imperial Palace - is also on the grounds but is only open to the public on December 22, which is the emperor's birthday, and on January 2. But visitors can explore the castle ruins and guardhouses and the wide lawns of the East Gardens.

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