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Tokyo’s 3 Best Places to See

By Chris Boyle

Don’t miss out on Tokyo’s wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences.

IMPERIAL PALACE GARDENS TOUR

IMPERIAL PALACE

 

The imperial family has lived in this palace since 1590 and the current emperor and his family still live in the western part of the grounds.

The rest is divided into public parks with the most famous landmark being the Nijubashi, a double-arched stone bridge that was completed in 1888 as the main entrance to the palace. The Museum of the Imperial Collections is located in the East Garden and showcases a changing exhibition of some of the imperial household’s treasures.

SUMO TOUR

Sumo is Japan’s oldest international sport and is still immensely popular in Japan.

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The Ryogoku Stadium is the best place not only to see the tour but also to learn more about the Sumo world. The tour comes to Tokyo three times a year and is a uniquely Japanese experience where visitors can either sit in Western-style stadium seating or choose a traditional Japanese box. Exclusive and VIP tickets are available through corporate contacts.

BULLET TRAIN

The ‘Bullet Train’ or Shinkansen is the world’s oldest high speed train network and has been operating since 1964.

There are three types in use: the Nozomi, the fastest and sleekest stopping only at the main stations (including Tokyo and Kyoto); the Hikari, which stops at a greater number of stations; and the Kodama, which stops at all the stations. The trains can reach up to 186 mph and announcements on board are made in both English and Japanese.

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