With Totoro greeting you at the entrance, step inside this colorful and whimsical museum and learn all about Studio Ghibli animations. Stroll through the beautiful exhibits and discover how animated films are created. After learning about the movie process, you can catch the screening of short museum-exclusive films. Kids will love playing on the plush Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro and later, you can visit the rooftop garden to see the seven-meter (23 feet) tall statue of Robot Soldier from Laputa Castle in the Sky. Pay a visit to the Ghibli Museum to learn more about an iconic animation studio.
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 The museum also stores historical documents dating back to the 10th and 11th Centuries.
One of the top venues in the city for high-profile performances and events, Billboard Live in Tokyo Midtown is exciting as it is unique. With a glass backdrop that faces Hinokicho Park, the audience can enjoy the awe-inspiring cityscape until the show begins. Billboard Live is designed in a contemporary format, with the main auditorium featuring diverse seating options - while the lower and middle half constitutes of table and sofa seating, the upper level has a standing area. In the past, Billboard Live has enthralled audiences with concerts by Keith Emerson, Maxi Priest and ABC.
Watching over the increasingly-cosmopolitan landscape of Sumida, Tokyo Sky Tree is one of the tallest of its kind in the whole of Japan. The tower is indeed a beacon of the city's contemporary bent and an amalgam of the country's traditional tastes and elements of Neo-futuristic architecture. Boasting a monumental scale of 634 meters (2080 feet), this lofty tower is home to many attractions including a restaurant, a cafe, an aquarium and a couple of observation decks that afford astounding views of the metropolitan cityscape beneath. Also doubling as a broadcasting tower, Tokyo Skytree prides itself on its glorious standing as one of the world's tallest towers. A sight of magnificence and luminescence at night, Tokyo Sky Tree is not only a dominating feature of Sumida's skyline but is also a majestic embodiment of the city's ever-evolving face.
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.
This cinema complex is definitely worth a visit if you are into state-of-the-art cinema technology coupled with the very latest in cinema comfort. Virgin took the concept of "first class" from the airline industry and produced the "premier screen". Each row has just two seats, each with a tray for drinks and snacks, to ensure that you experience luxury on par with the first class section of an international flight. Seats in all nine of the theaters can be booked in advance, so there is no need to queue for tickets.
A cultural hot-spot located in Kyobashi, the National Film Archive of Japan pays tribute to the Japanese film industry. The center is the nation's exclusive authority on all cinema-related archives, with nearly 40,000 national and international films held in its collection. Interested visitors can browse through their permanent exhibits that include books, periodicals, posters, among several other paraphernalia. There are also special film screenings held at their in-house cinemas, featuring vintage movies, attracting a a large crowd of movie buffs. There is also a library of film books, and other film-related memorabilia on the premises.
Idemitsu Museum of Arts is located on the 9th floor in the Teigeki building. Since its 1966 opening, the Idemitsu has earned a reputation for housing excellent ceramics, the Chinese portion of which is among the most extensive to be found in Japan. The collection also includes byobu (folding screens), lacquer, painting, Chinese bronzes, scrolls, calligraphy, and tea utensils. For study and research, representative shards from various Japanese kilns are on display in a separate room. The first museum director, Sazo Idemitsu acquired this collection over a 70-year span. In addition, the Idemitsu owns more than 400 works of the French religious and expressionist painter Georges-Henri Rouault (1871-1958).
At Tokyo Great Cycling Tour, you can choose from three kinds of tours: kayaking, running, or cycling. If you can't speak Japanese, no problem. Most staff can speak English, so you will be able to have a good time with them. If you wish to learn more about tours, please go to their website. Have you ever joined such a unique tour? If not, this is a good opportunity.