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Tokyo Guide

  • Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Garden

This strolling, mountain and pond-style garden was created based on the theme of Waka poetry in the 15th year of the Genroku Period (1702) by the shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi's trusted confidante Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu.
This garden is a typical example of the famous gardens of Edo Period. In the Meiji Period, this garden became a second residence of the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro. Later, in the 13th year of Showa (1938), the Iwasaki family donated this garden to the City of Tokyo, and in Showa 28 (1953) it was designated as a special site of exceptional beauty and an important cultural asset.
The name "Rikugien" refers to a system for dividing Chinese poetry into six categories. This system also influenced the division of Japanese Waka poetry as well. Although the number six is usually read "roku," in the case of the garden's name, it is pronounced "riku" in keeping with the Chinese pronunciation of the word.

Togenuki-jizo Toshimaku Sugamo

Koganji Temple is known for the "Arai Kannon" or "washing deity" statue at the entrance, which people with physical ailments wash or wipe with a wet cloth the part of the body corresponding to their own ailment to receive healing. The temple is also known by the name "Togenuki Jizoson," and many people visit to have various "thorns" removed. The main hall is registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan. The temple is right outside the entrance of the Sugamo Jizo-dori shopping street on the right, so the sweets shops and restaurants are a treat after visiting the temple.

  • Toden

Toden

This is the only streetcar that remains within the city. It runs between Waseda and Minowabashi. In 1943 there were 41 routes, but the number decreased with the development of transportation, and today only the Toden Arakawa Line remains. It is used not only by streetcar fans but is also beloved by locals as a means of transportation. It is also different from other trains in that there are izakaya and sweets shops on some of the platforms. Take an aimless trip while enjoying the downtown charms.

Kagurasaka

This slope runs along Waseda-dori from where it intersects with Okubo-dori to where it intersects with Sotobori-dori in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Stepping off the main street you will find some quiet alleys as well as many restaurants and traditional Japanese restaurants in residential areas. It's also known for the large number of French people and large French-speaking foreign population thanks to the many France-affiliated agencies.

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  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Koishikawa-Korakuen Gardens 

In the early Edo Period, in 1629, the founder of the Mito Tokugawa family, Yorifusa, maintained a separate Edo residence, the garden of which was completed during the reign of the second clan ruler, Mitsukuni. This garden features a central pond and hills, making it perfect for a stroll. When Mitsukuni set about constructing the garden, he incorporated some concepts of the Chinese Confucian scholar Shushunsui of the Ming dynasty, including a garden reproduction of Seiko Lake (China), a "Full Moon Bridge" and other features with cultural origins in China.
The name of the garden, "Korakuen," came from a Chinese text in Hanchuen's "Gakuyoro-ki" admired by Mitsukuni which said that there is "a need for those in power to worry about maintaining power first and then enjoy power later." Thus, the name Korakuen, meaning "the garden for enjoying power later on," was chosen.
Under the terms of the Law for Preservation of Cultural Assets, Koishikawa Korakuen has been designated an important historical asset and site of special historical significance. This double designation has been given only to such important sites as Koishikawa Korakuen, Hama Detached Palace, Kinkakuji, etc.

Tokyo Dome  

Address: 1-3 bunnkyo-ku kourakuen

Tokyo Dome City is an urban general entertainment area consisting of Tokyo Dome (home of the Yomiuri Giants professional baseball team of the Central League and Japan's first dome stadium), Tokyo Dome City Attractions and LaQua (commercial facility centered on bathing facilities).

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  • Zoshigaya Kishimojin

Kishimojin

Address: 3-15-20 Zoshigaya Toshima-ku

Since the early Edo period, Kishimojindo has been revered and attracted people from far and wide to come and worship Kishimojin, the goddess of safe birth and child rearing. It has been designated an important cultural property of Tokyo and is located within a detached precinct of Homyoji Temple. Originally constructed around 1,200 years ago, the temple has a long history, and it has been about 700 years since the name was changed to Ikozan Homyoji Temple. The large ginkgo trees and row of Japanese zelkova trees on the approach to the temple have been designated natural monuments of Tokyo.

Otome-road

This is the main location of Animate, Japan's largest total anime and comic book retail chain with more than 100 locations nationwide. There are also many anime, comic and game items that can only be purchased here. The shop specializes in anime and carries everything you can think of in that category. It is widely beloved by anime fans and draws them not only from around Japan but from other countries as well.

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  • Jiyugakuen

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan is an important cultural property designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the leading architects of the 20th century who is also recognized as one of the three most influential architects of modern architecture. In 1997 it was designated an important cultural property of Japan. The front lawn, green roof and other features give it a foreign appearance, and the magic touch of Wright, the space-creating magician, can be seen in the interior where the look changes as you move through it. Official Website

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