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.
What I personally like about the Yurikamome is that, because you are gliding above the ground and between buildings on a winding track, it feels as though you’re traveling through the city aboard some kind of hover car.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
An environment unique to Tokyo, Todoroki Valley is a simple walking trail adjacent to the Yazawa River and surrounded by a very dense forest that totally shields it from Kan-Pachi Dori, one of Tokyo’s busiest roads. While the Todoroki Valley’s 1.2 km walking trail is pure bliss, it’s only at the end of the voyage that you can discover yet another hidden wonder: the Todoroki Fudo Temple. Here you can enjoy some delicious mochi (Japanese rice sweets) and ramune (Lemonade), and you have the option to let the gods hear your prayers and wash away your sins.