Located on the former site of Edo Castle (1888) near Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace is the official residence of the Japanese royal family. Divided into four distinct areas or sectors, it covers a total area of 3.41 square kilometers. And yes - you can go there!
This video is exactly what it sounds like, and in this case it's exactly beautiful. While we love pretty much anything he creates, "Clouds above TOKYO" is one of darwinfish105's best videos - and if your monitor can handle it, crank it all the way up to 4K!
Last night Special Contributor Jordan Yerman found the heartbeat of Japanese indie rock at the East Van stage in Vancouver, B.C., and, according to his report, the Next Music from Tokyo tour has a lot of good things to deliver - including generous amounts of crowdsurfing!
Located near Tokyo Station (in 4K), Ginza (in 4K), and directly alongside the JR Yamanote Line, Yurakucho is a vibrant and busy place. People go there to enjoy the many restaurants, primarily izakaya and yakitori, built-up under the brick arches of the JR tracks.
Several centuries before Ginza became synonymous with luxury, it was actually a swamp. Only after a major fire in 1872 that burnt down most of the larger area did the Meiji government decided to rebuild it into a model of modernization!
Meguro Gajoen offers some very interesting attractions, among which are: indoor traditional restaurant/tea ceremony rooms, gardens with gorgeous wooden painting fresque, a nice little pond, and a selection of restaurants that are featured in the Tokyo edition of the famous Michelin Guide!
Until 1914, Shiodome was known as the Shimbashi railway terminal, but since 1984 it has slowly transformed into one of Tokyo’s most modern areas, where luxury hotels and business buildings rule the roost. There's even a clock designed by Studio Ghibli and heavily inspired by the movie Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (ハウルの動く城), or Howl’s Moving Castle.
Yasukuni Shrine is unfortunately known by many outside Japan as a center of controversy. In truth, the shrine is simply dedicated to anyone - Japanese or not, soldier or not - who lost their life while serving Japan. Though modest in size, Yasukuni is nonetheless an impressive shrine and a place to relax when needed.
Tokyo Station holds a special place in the hearts of Tokyo residents. Despite being over 100 years old, the main building still remains the same and is actually one of Tokyo’s architectural treasures thanks to its unique design and brick walls.
It's easy to grow accustomed to the bombast of everyday life here in Tokyo, but it's also nice to get an occasional reminder of how beautiful the city can be. Photographer and videographer Aaron Grimes' In Motion elegantly captures what the majority of Tokyo's denizens probably take for granted.