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First opened in 1935, the historic Tsukiji fish market created an outer market region, thanks to its massive popularity. Known as the Tsukiji Outer Market, this vibrant landmark sells a variety of items like fresh produce, fish, utensils as well as ready to eat food. The market came into existence as a need to cater to non-wholesale customers, who were initially barred from entering the area for it was solely commercial. Even though the historic inner market has shut shop, you can still enjoy the unique shopping culture at the Outer Market.
Built as a tribute to the soldiers and war heroes of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine is a notable Shinto Shrine of the country. The shrine commemorates 2,466,532 people comprising of civilians and military and also including those from Taiwan and Korea who once served under the Japanese Emperor. Chinreisha, a separate shrine on the premise houses memorials for the soldiers who fought in opposition to Japan. The architecture of the wooden shrine is remarkable with green and gold embellished roofs and massive courtyards and quadrants dappled with cherry blossoms. The shrine has been a center of conflict, however, is also the hub for several festivals and events of the city. An intriguing site, the Yasukuni Shrine has garnered a lot of attention from locals as well as tourists.
So named because of its colorful lights, Rainbow Bridge spans the bay from Shibaura Wharf to Odaiba, one of Tokyo's premier wining and dining areas. Comprising eight traffic lanes and two railways, the bridge also has a pedestrian walkway and observation towers. Inaugurated in 1993, the suspension bridge is 918 meters long with a distance of 570 meters between the two towers. Another way to see this spectacular bridge would be to travel over it on the Yurikamome monorail line departing from Shimbashi. Or you could take a cruise boat upriver from Hinode Pier to Asakusa.
If you wish to see a beautiful view of Tokyo, this is one of the best places! There is an artificial sandy beach, and you can see the sunset and a night view of Tokyo over the sea. In the spring, you can see cherry blossoms along the streets in this park. In the summer, you can see the Odaiba fireworks events. You can enjoy this place in any season!
Rikugien is another of Tokyo's most beloved gardens - it has inspired poetry for nearly four centuries and, indeed, contains poetry within its grounds; 88 landscapes from traditional waka poetry have been lovingly recreated here, within the huge 24-acre area. It is laid out in traditional kaiyu style (from the Edo period), with paths winding around a central pond, and small hills built in as features. It's a magical place to sit on a bench and look at the burnished copper of the maple leaves, or relax under the shade of one of the evergreens. It is also home to one of the most famous iconic trees in Japan, the Cherry Blossom, which is one of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of Japan. Also housing a cafe within, you can enjoy some matcha tea and biscuits while you admire the tranquil pond and the trees in vicinity.
This naturally wooded park adjoins the Meiji Jingu Shrine, and until 1996, it hosted Tokyo's amateur rock and roll bands, who strutted their stuff every Sunday. They have since moved to Omotesando, and Yoyogi Park has become quiet, and ideal for groups of friends and families who like to enjoy a tranquil Sunday afternoon strolling by small ponds filled with koi (Japanese carp). Rental bicycles are available within the grounds during summer.
Shimokitazawa is one of the birthplaces of subculture in Tokyo. This place is especially famous for the second-hand clothing stores, clubs, theaters, and cafes that are typical hot spots in this area. This place guarantees a good time for tourists with never-ending shopping, sightseeing, and dining options. Some of the old cafes have been local favorites for years and still continue to function. You can feel the atmosphere of vintage Tokyo in Shimokitazawa.