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Kabuki-za, the main kabuki theater in Tokyo since 1889, usually features two daily performances each consisting of three or four plays, and the repertoire is changed monthly. For 650 Yen, non-Japanese-speaking visitors can hire earphones that give an explanation in English. The visitor who does not have time for an entire performance can buy a ticket for the 4th floor to watch part of the show, but earphones are not available. Five restaurants provide a wide range of Japanese food and refreshments for visitors.
Ryogoku Kokugikan is the largest indoor area in Tokyo; it can hold over 100,000 spectators comfortably at a time. The arena is designed keeping international standards in mind, as a lot of overseas tourists flock here during matches which are held every January, May and September. Refreshment stands serving alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, and easy parking facilities are available. Do not forget to try out the legendary Yakitori which is Japanese style barbecue chicken, served during matches. A visit here is not merely a visit to an arena; it is a taste of a slice of the Tokyo life.
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.
Housed inside the ultimate entertainment complex in the city, Tokyo Dome City Amusement Park is home to several exciting rides ideal for adults and children, making it perfect for a fun family-outing. Formerly known as Kōrakuen,Feel, this amusement park was established in 1952 and was renamed in 2003. Feel the adrenaline rush as you enjoy the Thunder Dolphin Roller Coaster or venture onto reckless swings of Super Viking Sorabune. Even your little ones have their share of fun with child-friendly rides like the Venus Lagoon or Carousal and many more. For those who like the chills, there is a haunted house as well. All in all, you are sure to have a memorable day with your loved ones at the Tokyo Dome City Amusement Park.
Gleaming in swathes of orange and white during the day, the Tokyo Tower rises from a sea of skyscrapers in its latticed glory, and soars above the city at 332 meters (1,092 feet). The tower, constructed in 1958, was inspired by the charming form of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and its architect, Tachū Naitō, instantly imbibed this design into his plans for the magnificent tower. A remarkable landmark in this thriving city, the Tokyo Tower hosts a variety of entertainment along its steep stretch. At 150 meters (490 feet), the Main Observatory hosts a viewing platform, while the special platform with incomparable views is located at 250 meters (820.21 feet). On a clear day, the views extend to as far as the lofty pinnacle of Mount Fuji. The Tokyo Tower, among other things, is a dazzling beacon symbolizing the city's success, and appears the most beautiful when illuminated in incandescent colors.
This enchanting garden, first created in 1629, is a delightful place to visit at any time of the year. Koraku means to 'enjoy afterwards' and the garden was designed as a place of peaceful, quiet contemplation. It's only a quarter of the size it initially was but the paths, sloping hills and the beguiling pond at its center ensure that it is as charming and beautiful as it ever was. Year round, the garden displays an array of colors, from green, orange, red to pink; the trees, meadows and flowers are all painted in various colors of nature. The city appointed it as a special place of beauty; go and enjoy it for yourself.
The Tokyo National Museum displays a bevy of sculptures, paintings, calligraphy, archaeological objects and other decorative arts. Broadly divided into Japanese, Chinese and Korean forms, the museum's collections are nothing short of artistic preservation of Asian history and culture. Exhibitions, lectures and gallery talks are held regularly, so visitors can gain access to some valuable information about the world's largest continent. The museum also stores historical documents dating back to the 10th and 11th Centuries.
Watching over the increasingly cosmopolitan expanse of Tokyo, this lofty building is an architectural wonder. The Kenzo Tange-designed building, with its two distinctive towers, was the tallest building in Tokyo until 2006, when it lost its title to the Midtown Tower. Completed in 1990, the enormous building takes up three city blocks. Designed to look like a computer chip, the building has been called a beacon of technological advancement that embodies the contemporary vigor that the city is known for. The building itself is stunning and is topped by observation decks which afford dynamic views of the city sprawled below. The gargantuan scale of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building befits the sheer enormity of its function; it is from here that all of the 23 wards, as well as the various towns and villages of Tokyo are governed.
Only in Tokyo could you find a hot-spring theme park, and why not? Hot springs, traditionally believed to have healing and restorative properties, are older than Japan itself—so why shouldn't everyone have access to them, for a fee of course. Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari to the rescue! Located in Daiba, this establishment is open almost all night, catering to anyone and everyone. Entry entitles you to a yukata of your choice, a private locker and access to a variety of baths and massages. Or you can quaff a cold one while meandering around the Edo-themed food court where you can also buy some souvenirs. A must-visit for a fulfilling Japanese traditional experience, the bath house won't disappoint!
The Tokyo Disney Resort is like a town in itself. Once the visitors come here, they don't want to leave the place as they have everything they can ask for. If you are the adventurous type, then Tokyo Disneyland is for you. Disney Sea is a very romantic park and has state-of-the-art attractions. The resort has a zone for shopping which has more than 120 boutiques, elegant restaurants and a huge shopping mall. Guests can chose from the hotels located inside the resort and have a blast. The theme parks have various events, parades and live shows all round the year. Visit the site for further information.
In operation since 2001, The Tokyo DisneySea has become one of the most visited attractions of Japan. The park is the second of its kind to be opened inside the Tokyo Disney Resort and is peculiarly fascinating for the recreated Mediterranean Harbor, New York Harbor and Arabian Coast and fantasy attractions such as the Mysterious Island and Mermaid Lagoon built to enthrall one and all. The gigantic Aqua Sphere water fountain in shape of the earth at the park entrance and the volcanic Mount Prometheus at the center are prominent attractions at this widely popular theme park. If you are in the mood for a memorable day out, then certainly head to the Tokyo DisneySea to spend quality time with your friends and family.
Ever wondered how Japanese houses and shops looked decades ago? Well, here is your chance to gain knowledge. Much of Tokyo's architectural heritage had been destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake and the World War II bombings. In order to retrieve its past, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government established the Tatemono-en (open air architectural museum) as part of the Edo-Tokyo museum in 1993. The museum has 27 buildings (with plans for four more) that run along small streets and span architectural time-lines from the mid-Edo period through the mid-Showa. Do not miss the Tsunashima family's thatched-roof farmhouse, the old post box, the top of the watchtower from the Ueno Fire Station and the bricks from Ginza Brick Town. Walk through the streets and take history lessons! Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum closes every Monday (When Monday is a national holiday, closes on the following day.)