This island nation has it all: deeply rooted cultural traditions, ancient shrines and temples, lovely gardens and beautiful mountain scenery. Tokyo is a city rich in music and theater, with numerous venues featuring everything from Japanese to modern dramas, symphony orchestras, and pop and rock concerts.
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This mini-island is a hub of entertainment, eateries and architecture. Along with the futuristic-looking Fuji TV Building and Tokoyo Big Sight structures you you'll find the Panasonic Center, Toyata Mega Web, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and several shopping malls. At night the Rainbow Bridge electrifies the glittering skyline with glorious colors.
2.NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
On exhibit is the evolution and fossil record in the museum. The museum consists of the Japan and Global galleries. You'll learn about the formation of the Japanese archipelago and the creatures that have called it home in the Japan Gallery. In the Global Gallery you can view foreign ecosystems from both the past and the present.
This museum recreates the history of the city with large-scale models of important events and architectural monuments. Walk through Tokyoâ€™s origins, past the devastation of WWII, to itâ€™s rising skyscrapers and into the modern metropolis.
4.NATIONAL MUSEUM OF EMERGING SCIENCE AND INNOVATION
The high-tech museum is commonly referred to as the Miraikan features exciting interactive exhibits that showcase engineering feats such as robotics and space exploration. Kids will particularly enjoy the displays as they can touch, climb on and play with many of them.
The 17th century palace is Tokyoâ€™s chief attraction and is surrounded by parks, walls and moats. Other notable features include the two-meter-thick wall surrounding the palace and its gates, one of which leads to the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden and the Edo Castle built in 1457.
6.MEIJI SHRINE GALLERY
Dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken for modernizing Japan in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The surrounding forest is composed of more than 245 species of trees around the world.
7.TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM
The museum is Japanâ€™s oldest and most expansive museum and hosts the largest collection of Japanese art and artifacts on the planet. In the six buildings, you'll spot samurai armor, ornate swords, delicate pottery, decorated tombs, kimonos, calligraphy, paintings, and much more.
The countryâ€™s tallest structure and the world tallest freestanding tower rises out of the city opened in 2012. Incredible panoramic views can be seen from its restaurant and observation decks. It also includes a unique glass spiral walkway to an even higher viewpoint that also boasts glass floors for those with strong stomachs.
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The best way to get around Tokyo is by trains. Taxis are expensive and buses arenâ€™t recommended.
The best time to visit Tokyo is between September and November.