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This temple was built in 1393 to thwart attacks from the South. It is known as the mortuary temple of the Tokugawa family. The temple is now an important cultural property and the massive Sammon gate, erected in 1605, is very impressive. Included in the complex is the oldest gingko tree in Tokyo, which is now considered as a natural monument. There is also a fine assembly of Buddhist Jizo statues standing sentinel.
Named after Kyoto's famous Mount Atago in Arashiyama, Tokyo's Atago gives an excellent view of the bay. During the Edo period it was also a choice location for cherry-blossoms. To approach the hillside shrine you must make a choice between two sets of stairs--easy and a difficult! You will find the Benten shrine in the center of a pond. An added attraction is the teahouse for a well-earned rest and refreshment.
One could be pretty surprised to find this bust of the inventor of communism in the middle of Japan's capital. But this monument is a work of the Japanese artist Ogata Sekka and in the words of the artist, the statue "is here to reflect upon the big impact of communism on the modern world in the 20th century." The extraordinary bust shows Karl Marx in an advanced age with his distinctive beard and is completely painted in pink. Underneath the monument you will find a plate saying Marx's biographical data and his famous surplus formula G-W-G'.
A major street running through the Azabu neighborhood of the city, Azabu Juban is usually bustling with life. Popular for street shopping, this street is a must visit for any tourist who wishes to discover the fashion and trends of the cosmopolitan city. The street is also the venue for a famous food festival held each year.
Directly in front of the main entrance of Hotel Okura's parking lot is Kihachiro Okura's contribution to the museum world. Set in an exquisite Japanese-style building and established in 1917, this private museum is notable for being the first of its kind in Japan. Changed seasonally, the eclectic collection includes screens, Noh masks and costumes, ancient books, paintings, ceramics and imposing sculptures.
"Pokemon" is a famous Japanese game and TV show. Currently, Pokemon is very popular all over the world, and many kids love the cute and cool characters in the Pokemon world. This place is a specialty store for Pokemon goods. You can buy many things here including game software, cards and more. Sometimes, this store holds special events. For Pokemon fans, this is a must-visit in Tokyo.
This sub-shrine of the Kyogoku family's famous Kotohiragu Shrine on the island of Shikoku, is nestled in the congested Tokyo business district of Toranomon. A branch of the Kyogoku family moved to Tokyo in 1679 and established this shrine in honor of the seamanship and navigation god, Kompira-san. Fortunately the bombing in 1945 did not demolish the splendid torii gate, which is plated in copper and dates to 1821. The shrine has become a popular place to get good luck charms.
In 832 this temple was established by the Buddhist priest, Kobo Daishi. It is well known as the location for the first US legation in 1859. Do not miss the stone tribute in honor of Townsend Harris, the first American minister to Japan. Also, Yukichi Fukuzawa, the father of Keio University is buried here. Although the air raids of the Second World War resulted in the destruction of all the buildings, most historical documents have been preserved.