Meiji Jingu, magnificent shrine right in the middle in Tokyo 東京中心部にありながら広大で荘厳な神社「明治神宮」

Japanese shrines worship Japanese gods. “Meiji Jingu” is one of the major shrines in Japan. This shrine was built in 1920 to worship Meiji emperor and his wife. Although this place was newly built by planging trees, the magnificent atmosphere of this place is as if it has been there …

Cherry blossoms in Kinuta Park 砧公園のさくらの開花

”Sakura”, Cherry Blossoms are one of the most famous flowers in Japan. Usually they bloom in early April, but this year, they bloomed on 15 March in Tokyo because of warm winter temparature. 15 March is the eariest record of blooming in Tokyo. 桜は日本で大人気の花の一つです。通常桜の開花は4月初頭ですが、今年は暖冬の影響もあり、東京では3月15日に開花しました。この東京の開花日は記録最も早い開花です。 There are many cherry blossom spots …

“Yanaka” nostalgic place in Tokyo 昭和の郷愁漂う街「谷中」

Yanaka is a small town from 5.2km away from Tokyo station. The nearest station is Sendagi (Tokyo Metro) or Nishi Nippori (JR). 谷中は東京駅から5.2km離れた小さな街です。最寄り駅は千駄木(東京メトロ)か西日暮里(JR)。 But it is fairly popular with various visitors especially with visitors from foreign countries. しかし、この町は旅行者、特に海外からの旅行者に大人気です。 I think the reason of the attractiveness of this place is its …

Spectacular Tokyo view from Ebisu Garden Place 恵比寿ガーデンプレイスからの壮大な景色

The location of Ebisu is 6km south west away from Tokyo station. There used to be very large Japanese beer factory “Ebisu Beer” there. But Sapporo Beer, the owner company of Ebisu beer factory decided to move the factory function from there and a vast land was generated in the …

Underpass “Takanawa Guard” famous with extreme low ceiling 低い天井で有名な「高輪ガード」

Most central areas in Tokyo are filled with modernized buildings and few structures have design problems. However, here “Takawana Guard (underpass)” is one of the rare spots with a mysterious structure that I know. 東京の都市部の多くは先進的なビルに埋め尽くされ、設計上の問題がある構造物はほとんどありません。しかし、ここ「高輪ガード」は私が知っている不思議な構造を持つ数少ないスポットの代表格です。 The reason this Takanawa underpass is famous is its low ceiling. Vehicles over 1.5m height …

Winter illumination at Tokyo Midtown 2019 東京ミッドタウンイルミネーション2019

Tokyo Midtown is a large commercial complex that opened on March 30, 2007. It was build on the land which belongs to Japan army. It became very popular place for tourists as well as Roppongi Hills, and is connected to Roppongi station with underground passage. 東京ミッドタウンは2007年3月30日にオープンした大型複合商業施設です。もともとこの土地は防衛庁があったところで、今やここは六本木ヒルズと並んで観光客に人気がある場所です。六本木駅から地下通路でつながっています。 This place is decorated …

Winter Illumination at Yurakucho 有楽町のウインター・イルミネーション

Many cities in Japan will have their own decoration with lots of lights in winter. Here Yurakucho, the next station to Tokyo has got the beautiful illumination from November 16. 日本の多くの都市は、冬に数多くの電飾で飾られます。東京駅の一つ隣のここ有楽町も11月16日から美しいイルミネーションで飾られました。 Winter season is one of the most beautiful periods in many city area in Japan at night. ウインター・シーズンは日本の都市が、夜、最も美しく輝く期間です。

Asakusa Kaminarimon 浅草雷門

Asakusa is one of the most popular spot in Japan for foreign visitors. And Sensoji temple and Nakamise-dori is the highlight of visiting Asakusa area because its atmosphere has “Japan Taste” very much. To visit Asakusa temple, it is the typical route to go to Kaminari-mon first. 浅草は日本を訪れる外国人観光客に格別に人気のある場所です。そして、浅草寺や仲見世通りは、浅草観光のハイライトと言えるでしょう。なぜならそれらは、日本的風情をとても持っているからです。浅草寺に行くには、まず雷門に行くのが典型的なルートです。 Kaminari-mon is …