The Modern Ancient Capital
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world, with more than 37 million residents as of 2020. Located at the head of Tokyo Bay, the city mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens is in the Chiyoda district. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art in the Tokyo National Museum to a reconstructed kabuki theater in the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Tokyo Station is the central hub for Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train system, and the city is served by an extensive network of rail and subways. Shibuya Crossing is the “world’s busiest pedestrian crossing”, with upwards 3,000 people at a time is in the Shibuya district, a commercial hub.
The Reign Of Emperors
Meiji Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. The shrine was completed and dedicated in 1920, and rebuilt after World War II. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. The 100,000 trees which make up Meiji Jingu’s forest were planted during the shrine’s construction. In the first days of the New Year, the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors. Meiji Jingu Museum displays personal belongings of the emperor and empress. The Inner Garden of the shrine is particularly popular during the middle of June.
Land Of Shrines
Edo-Tokyo Museum is housed in a unique looking building in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo. The museum’s permanent exhibition vividly illustrates the past of Tokyo known as Edo until 1869 through its exhibits and covers many features of the capital from the Edo Period to relatively recent decades. In an interactive way, visitors are able to experience and learn about various aspects of earlier Tokyo.
The Japanese Esthetic
The Tokyo National Museum features one of the largest and best collections of art and archeological artifacts in Japan, exhibits a variety of Japanese artwork from ancient times to the 19th century including antique Buddhist statues, painted sliding doors, scrolls, ceramics and maps in addition to cultural items such as masks, costume, armor and weapons among other historical artifacts. In addition to the exhibition halls, the Tokyo National Museum also offers a Japanese style garden and teahouses open to the public in spring and autumn, as well as multiple shops and cafes spread out around the grounds.
From Tokyo schedule an overnight excursion on the Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone, which is located on the south west side of Mt. Fuji, famous for its beautiful scenery, hot springs, historical importance and its beautiful view of Mt. Fuji. The area offers a lot to see and do, such as cruising over lake Ashino, visiting the volcanic crater of O-waku-dani and visiting the Hakone Open Air Museum. It is well recommended to stay at one of the local Ryokan for a night where you can enjoy a hot spring bath, with a glass of sake and view Fuji at the same time.