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Directly accessible from JR Tokyo Station, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi offers a quiet luxurious accommodation in the heart of the bustling city. This hotel was selected as one of Top 25 Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2014, and provides spacious rooms, complimentary use of hot-spring baths and sauna in a spa, and a 24-hour fitness studio. Free WiFi and pick-up service from the station is available. The Four Seasons is a 5-minute walk from the Imperial Palace, and a 10-minute walk from downtown area Ginza. It is a 20-minute train ride away from Shibuya, Harajuku or historical Asakusa. Popular Tsukiji Fish Market and Akihabara are both within a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Stylish designer rooms at Marunouchi Four Seasons are decorated with chic furnishings to create a relaxing ambience. They are fitted with modern facilities like a 3D blu-ray built-in flat-screen TV, an accompanying surround-sound system and Bluetooth. The en suite bathroom includes a shower booth and a large bath tub. Guests can enjoy rejuvenating massages at the spa, and children can play free video games in the room. The hotel offers 24-hour concierge service and free-use bicycles. Pets can be accommodated with advance reservation. Opened in April 2015, the Motif Restaurant & Bar offers refined French cuisine with a "farm to table" concept, from early morning till midnight. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
A vision of high-shine glass, Mandarin Oriental offers a stunning view of Tokyo from virtually everywhere. Located in the financial center, Mandarin offers an advantage to any visitor who wishes to travel or do business. The regular walls in rooms have been replaced by glass and give a futuristic feel to the decor. High above the Tokyo streets, the spa is designed to give a feeling of supreme luxury. Restaurants, tea shops, bars and gourmet shops boast of good food and great Asian cuisine. Mandarin Oriental believes that it is serious business when it comes to the business of relaxation.
School children always enjoy the interactive displays at this museum, which opened in 1964. The aim of the museum is to give visitors an opportunity to learn about changes in science and technology. An excellent recent addition to the fifth floor is a collection of seven exhibits named: "Universe", "Mechanics", "Works", "Access", "Illusions", "Optics" and "Orienteering" under the central topic called, "Forest of Fun".
In the place famous for anime, the Tokyo Anime Center exhibits rare materials of current Japanese anime. In these exhibitions, you can see original illustrations, production materials, and promotional movies. The center also organizes events where voice actors and illustrators are invited for interviews. There is also a shop, where you can get exclusive items, such as T-shirts, posters, and more. If you are interested in current Japanese anime, this place is worth visiting. Please note that exhibitions are changed regularly.
Tokyo Dome City is like a dream come true for any tourist. A day is too short to conquer the sprawling place teeming with enthusiastic locals and tourists alike. Complete with an expansive stadium and an amusement park containing rides like Thunder Dolphin and Wonder Drop, the kids can have a great time while the parents relax and pamper themselves at the spa. If shopping is on your mind, make sure that you visit the extensive mall with its numerous shops. Any one of the multiple restaurants will be the perfect place to unwind and round off an eventful day.
Although Japan's first gas lamps were lit in Yokohama in 1872, Tokyo Gas established this Gas Science Center in 1986 to mark its 100th anniversary. The visitor can learn about future plans for gas use and see the technology used today to produce and convey gas. Displays such as "Microcosm of Methane," "Liquefaction and Transportation of Natural Gas," "Fossil Fuels and the Global Environment," "City Gas Production," all merit field-trip visits by elementary and junior high school children.
This huge, two-building general science museum was established in 1877 and covers a wide variety of scientific knowledge including the evolution of living things, the Earth's formative history, nature, and astronomy. The giant dinosaur fossil, a moon rock and the stuffed body of Hachiko, the famous loyal Akita dog are some of the unmissable exhibits here. Taxidermy specimens, steam engines and the life of Japanese people are also some of the intriguing permanent exhibitions. If you cannot read Japanese, it is better to bring along a Japanese friend who can translate things for you.
Ueno Zoological Gardens, over a 100 years old, contains a multitude of birds, Siberian tigers, monkeys, gorillas, Giant Pandas, giraffes and other animals from all over the world. A monorail links the two separate areas within the zoo, and there is also a children's petting zoo at the southern end. A pagoda-like structure on one end of the park adds some Japanese history into the mix. Neatly combining history and wildlife, this attraction makes for a particularly rewarding experience for children.
Asakusa Hanayashiki is the oldest amusement park in Japan. If you wish to spend a nice day with your kids by enjoying nostalgic rides and spectacular shows, then this place is for you. This park has a roller coaster which was made way back in 1953, but is very popular even today. The high tech shows will definitely leave you astonished, so plan your visit now! Other than the attractions, there are plenty of intriguing shops and restaurants serving delicious food. Opening hours might be changed by season and weather, so go prepared by inquiring ahead.
Since this museum was built, the Tokyo Toy Museum has been loved by all generations. It displays about fifteen thousand works, such as toys from around the world and traditional toys from right here in Japan. Visitors can play with most toys in the museum; it will surely be a good time spent with your family. If you wish to learn more, please check the website.