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WALKING AROUND TOKYO

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan that is crossed by the Sumida River, is located in the region of Kanto, in the southeastern area of the island of Honshu.

The city, former known as Edo that in the Japanese language means “estuary”, was founded in 1457 by Ōta Dōkan, a warrior-poet, military and Buddhist monk, when he built a castle in the area; in 1869 Tokyo became the capital of the country.

My GPS navigation India&Asia helped me a lot walking around the city and reaching the main landmarks of Tokyo.

Some of the most known touristic attractions of the city are the Imperial Palace, former the Edo Castle, which is the residence of the Japanese royal family, and where it is possible to admire the Imperial East Gardens, the Tokyo Skytree, the second tallest building of Japan, where there are observation decks and on the base a shopping center with an aquarium, the Tsukiji Fish Market, the Meiji Shrine, built in 1920 to honor of the Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of the country on modern times, and his wife, where it can be seen the Meiji Jingu Treasure House and the Inner Garden, and the Buddhist Sensoji Temple, dated from the 7th century, located the neighborhood of Asakusa that is an example of the past decades live of the city.

Tokyo has several green areas, usually with cherry trees, a local attraction; among them it shall be referred the Koishikawa Korakuen, a garden dated from the 17th and 18th centuries, the Shinjuku Gyoen Park, the Yoyogi Park and the Ueno Park, dated from the 19th century and where it is possible to find bout 8,800 trees, the lake Shinobazu Pond, a zoo and a winter garden for birds.

At Ueno Park are located some of the most famous museums of the city: the Tokyo National Museum, the largest one in the country, founded in 1872, where it is possible to see archaeological artifacts and art works of Asia, including about 90 objects from the National Treasure of Japan, the National Museum of Nature and Science, also established in the 19th century, the Shitamachi Museum, founded in the late 20th century, exhibiting typical Japanese way of life and objects, and the National Museum for Western Art, established in 1959, in which are exhibited paintings and drawings from artists such as Veronese, Rubens, Brueghel, Delacroix, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Miró, Rodin and Cézanne.

Other museums and cultural places to be visited in Tokyo are the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the “Future Museum”, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, established in 1993, featuring models of buildings and towns from the Edo, Meiji and Shōwa historical periods, its branch, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, exhibiting Japanese historic buildings, the Fine Arts Nezu Museum, the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, established in 1952, the National Diet Library, founded in 1948 that houses copies of all publications published in the country, and National Noh Theatre, dated from the latter 20th century, where the classical Japanese musical drama, the “Noh”, and the traditional Japanese comic theater, the “Kyōgen”, are performed.

The main events that take place at Tokyo are the “Kanda Matsuri” (mid May), which origins go back to the historic Edo period, the Sanja Matsuri, a religious festival that happens in the third weekend of May, the Tokyo Motor Show, one of the most importants motor shows of the world and the Tokyo Game Show, an annual trade for video game developers.

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