For this story alone, Gotokuji Temple is a must-see when visiting Tokyo. While smaller than most famous temples around Tokyo, Gotokuji is unique for its design. Its three-storied pagoda and Kyoto-like atmosphere give even more weight to the charming story of the priest’s cat and the nobleman.
Located a just few meters away from the busy Shiodome business area, surrounded by tall buildings, and near the mouth of the Sumida River, this garden is a typical Daimyo garden from the Edo Period. The landscaped garden has many water features including a tidal pond where fresh sea water enters from the nearby river.
Known by many as the Japan’s Champs-Élysées, Omotesando Avenue was in fact originally created in the Taisho Era (1912 – 1926) as the formal pathway to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken’s temple, also known as the Meiji Shrine. Today, things are quite different!
Those who’ve browsed around our video collection know that we’ve long been enamored with the work of mysterious Tokyo photographer darwinfish105. This latest effort, one we’re putting in the Tokyo Pastel Diorama Series, once again makes the world’s largest city look quaint and cute in one composition, vast and ominous in another.
With attendance more than twice that of 2013, interest is clearly on the rise and the collaboration seems well placed among the growing and steadily maturing calendar of Tokyo startup pitching events. Pitches were made by teams led by both Japanese and/or foreign residents, non-Japanese multinational teams of students or alumni from the two academic sponsors, and even a completely non-affiliated American developer who joined from Osaka.
Located in Asakusa, the heart of Tokyo, Sensō-ji is by far one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist attractions. Founded in 645, Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The landmark is dedicated to the Bodhisattva, and according to legend, the temple was erected after two fishermen found a Statue of Kannon buried in the nearby Sumida River.
Located a few steps from Tokyo Central Station and just in front of Yūrakuchō Station, the Tokyo International Forum is one of the city’s best known architectural marvels. Designed by Rafael Viñoly and completed in 1996, the Tokyo International Forum is in fact two huge complexes separated by a courtyard where pedestrians and businessmen alike can come for a rest.
It’s anyone’s guess how many millions do so each year: photographers work to get the shots, lovers make illumination viewing part of their date, entire families brave the cold, and even dorky tech Editors make the trip. The annual Shiodome Caretta display is considered one of the finest, and as you’ll see below, the why is no surprise.
Odaiba is much more than the beautiful Rainbow Bridge, and its current form has been shaped since the 1990s with the construction of major commercial outlets along with residential and leisure areas. These include the famous Fuji Television Building, the Miraikan, Tokyo Big Sight, Aqua City, the Panasonic Center, the Museum of Maritime Science, the MegaWeb, Sega Joypolis, a Gundam statue, and finally a stunning onsen, the Oedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs.