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Recommended Route for tour in Tokyo
If you don’t have enough time for sightseeing in Tokyo, I really recommend the following route, going around Asakusa which is very famous sightseeing spot.
- Tokyo Skytree
- Water bus
- Odaiba Entertainment & Tokyo Oedo Onsen
The Tokyo Skytree
In 2012, the Tokyo skytree, in Sumida Ward, replaced Tokyo Tower as the main digital terrestrial broadcasting tower of Kanto area. With a height of 634 meters, the multipurpose tower is recognized by the Guinness World Records Company as the tallest free-standing tower in the world.
From the observation deck at 350 meters and 450 meters with 360-degree panoramic view, you can enjoy good view of city including Mt. Fuji.
It has Tokyo Solamachi, a complex that includes many shops and restaurants, as well as an aquarium and planetarium.
Fast Skytree Ticket For International Visitors
Reservations are not required for International visitors who present their passport or other ID for verification. (Citizens of foreign companies residing in Japan and Japanese visitors accompanying a group containing international guests are also eligible.) You can skip the lines on your way to the main observation deck on Floor350. Check the Tokyo Skytree official site.
Kaminarimon is Landmark of Asakusa
Asakusa is a famous sightseeing spot in Tokyo, which is reminiscent of the Edo period. This district has been flourishing as a temple town of Senso-ji, oldest and largest temple in Tokyo.
The temple dates to 628, when two fishermen found a small gold image of Kannon in their fishing nets. The local people built a small temple for the statue. Since that time, the temple has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The current building was completed in 1958.
Kaminariomon is the symbol of Asakusa
The gate of the temple houses the God of Wind “Fujin” and God of Thunder “Raijin”. They are believed to bring large harvests. The gate is called Kaminarimon, which means thunder gate. This outer gate of the temple is very famous as a landmark of Asakusa for its huge red lantern.
At Nakamise, you can buy Japanese souvenirs
Both domestic and foreign tourists flock to this venerable temple and shopping arcade called “Nakamise” in the compound, the best place to buy traditional Japanese souvenirs like sembei (rice crackers), traditional sweets, woodblock prints, tenugui (printed towels), character goods and miniature figures based on traditional themes.
You can move by Jinrikisha
It is nice experience to ride Jinrikisha which means a wheeled vehicle that carries one or two persons, pulled by a human being. The pullers are the professionals of this area, having a wide range of information such as the origin of the name of the spot, seasonal attractiveness and so on.
Take the Water-bus to Odaiba area
From Asakusa, you can access to Odaiba area where there are many shops and entertainment sites. In particular, water bus is highly recommended to move, because you can see a lot of views of city from water-bus with nice atmosphere. It is a fun and relaxing method of travel in Tokyo.
Many water buses also travel along the Sumida River which is one of the city’s most famous rivers. You can enjoy several designed bridges while on board.
Most of the water buses are operated by the Tokyo Cruise Ship Company. Check the time table and route from Tokyo Cruise Site.
Odaiba entertainment and Tokyo Oedo Onsen
Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay.
The area was developed as a tourist and leisure zone with several large hotels and shopping malls in the late 1990s, even though the initial expo projects was scrapped due to collapse of bubble economy. Several large companies including Fuji Television moved their headquarters to the island, and transportation links improved with the connection of the Rinkai Line into the JR East railway network in 2002 and the eastward extension of the Yurikamome to Toyosu in 2006.
Odaiba is one of the venue locations in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics. The events to be held there under the venue plan include beach volleyball at Shiokaze Park, triathlon and marathon swimming at Odaiba Marine Park, and gymnastics at a new gymnastics venue.
Oedo Onsen get you relaxed and feel atmosphere of Edo
Oedo Onsen is a hot spring theme park which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period. You can enjoy various types of indoor and outdoor baths. You will enjoy prolonged effect of warmth even after you get out of the bath, and will feel relaxed inside and out. Restaurants, massage, games and other entertainment, as well as overnight stays are available.