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Universal studios Japan Osaka

Contains selected attractions from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. Most visitors are Japanese tourists and tourists from other Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. The park opened on March 31, 2001. Visitors to the park the opening year reached 11 million guests, becoming the world’s fastest amusement park to achieve the 10 million milestone at the time. Since then, Universal Studios Japan has had approximately 8 million visitors every year.

Tokyo tower

Visitors can ascend to the main observatory at 150 meters and the special observatory at 250 meters to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo. Under good weather conditions, Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. A wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. Separate entrance fees apply.

Meiji shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line’s busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.

Odaiba

The center of Odaiba is Aquacity Odaiba. It includes a shopping mall with a 300-meter-long boutique street, a multi-flex cinema that employs the latest acoustic and screen technologies, and a gourmet zone that stretches over 15,000 square meters, which is obviously the largest such zone in Japan.

Major attractions of Odaiba are dotted along the Yurikamome Line, a new unmanned traffic system that crosses Rainbow Bridge to connect Shimbashi Station with Odaiba. Attractions include the Odaiba Seaside Park that overlooks Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV headquarters and studios where visitors can see the sets of popular TV programs, and Palette Town, a “theme park for women” with an interior modeled after a European city in the 18th century, and which accommodates over 150 shops. All of these and many other vie against each other in one location.
Omote sando

Particularly in recent years, a number of new stores have opened, such as the fashion building Omotesando Hills and famous brand name stores from around the world. Those stores offer customers the very best in shopping and dining experience, in a stylish environment imbued with fashon, arts and culture.
A stroll down Omotesando Street,lined with elegant boutiques and restaurants, will take you to the Omotesando Station.

Hakone Tozan line

The only mountain railway in Japan. The train departs from Hakone-Yumoto station (at 108 m above sea level) and takes about 40 minutes to arrive at the final stop, Gora station (at 553 m above sea level). Halfway up the line there are switchbacks, where the driver and the conductor change shifts and the train switch to reversed travel direction. It is a special experience that can be enjoyed only with the Hakone Tozan Train.

Sky Umeda

One of the most popular attractions and landmarks of Osaka is the Floating Garden Observatory on the top floor of Sky Building. The Umeda Sky Building, a “pair of skyscrapers connected in midair” is built in an unusual architectural form seldom encountered anywhere in the world. It has an open roof and 360-degree design affording panoramic views of the city, and is known as a romantic and most scenic sunset viewing spot.

Odaiba science museum

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation engages in activities that link people and cutting-edge science and technology, which are introduced based on four themes: “Global Environment and Frontiers”, “Technological Innovations and the Future”, “Information Sciences and Technologies for Society” and “Life Science and Humans”. There are many interactive exhibits and demonstrations to experience; for example, you can view actual DNA through a microscope or take a virtual trip to view the Earth from a space shuttle, and communicate with famous Japanese robots. Considering science and technology as a part of our culture, the Museum provides an open forum for all people to think and talk about the roles and possibilities that science and technology can provide for the society. It also features several workshops and seminars of distinguished researchers.

Tsukiji fish market

Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. It is scheduled to move to a new site in Toyosu in November 2016.

The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attractions. In fact, the numbers of visitors have increased so much over recent years, that they have become a problem to the course of business, as the aging market’s infrastructure was not anticipated to serve as a tourist spot.

Ramen museum Yokohama

The “Shinyokohama Raumen Museum” is a unique museum about ramen, a very popular Japanese noodle dish.
On the two basement floors, visitors can explore a 1:1 replica of some streets and houses of Shitamachi, the old town of Tokyo, of around the year 1958, when the popularity of ramen was rapidly increasing. Nine ramen restaurants can be found there, each featuring a ramen dish from a different region of Japan.

In a gallery on the first floor, the Ramen Museum presents the history of ramen noodles in Japan, including the big success of instant ramen. It displays the variety of noodles, soups, toppings and bowls used across Japan, and shows how the noodles are made.

For visitors who wish to try multiple ramen dishes, every store offers “mini ramen”, a small portion of the feature dish. Tickets for the meals are purchased at vending machines in front of each stores before entering.
Nijojo castle

Nijo Castle (二条城, Nijōjō) was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). His grandson Iemitsu completed the castle’s palace buildings 23 years later and further expanded the castle by adding a five story castle keep.

The tour route passes by multiple waiting and audience rooms. Only the highest ranked visitors were allowed all the way into the main audience room where the shogun would sit on an elevated floor, flanked by bodyguards hidden in closets. Lower ranked visitors would be allowed only as far as the adjoining rooms without direct view of the shogun. The innermost rooms consisted of offices and living chambers, the latter of which were only accessible to the shogun and his female attendants.

Outside of the Ninomaru Palace extends the Ninomaru Garden, a traditional Japanese landscape garden with a large pond, ornamental stones and manicured pine trees.


kanazawa contemporary museum

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (金沢21世紀美術館, Kanazawa Nijūichiseiki Bijutsukan) opened in 2004 in downtown Kanazawa, just a few steps from Kenrokuen. It exhibits works of acclaimed contemporary artists from Japan and all over the world, and is among Japan’s most popular art museums.

The architecture of the 21st Century Museum is unique and distinguishes it from other museums and buildings around Kanazawa. The museum is comprised of a circular building, 112.5 meters in diameter, with no facade or main entrance. It was designed without a front or back to discourage its patrons from approaching the museum, and consequently its art, from only one direction.

Ghibli museum

The Ghibli Museum is located in the Mitaka Inokashira Park, Tokyo, owned by Hayao Miyazaki, Japans preeminent creator of animated films (anime). It is comprised of five rooms containing the permanent collection, which presents the world of Studio Ghibli and the process of filmmaking including the principles of animation. Its special exhibition changes annually and features specific writers, their works and production studios. Containing 2 stories and a basement, with a colorful appearance, the Museum provides a hands-on experience of Miyazaki films.’

Tokyo disney land

Tokyo Disneyland The Kingdom of Dreams and Magic
Everything you would expect of a classic Disney theme park is here. There are seven themed lands with dozens of fun and exciting attractions.

Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari

This hot springs theme park offers a variety of baths, 13 different kinds in all, bearing names such as “Hyakunin-buro”, “Kinu-no-Yu”, “Kiri Yu” (a mist sauna) and “Ashi Yu”, not to mention its open-air bath, or ‘roten-buro’, the water for which is pumped up 1400 m from an underground natural hot spring. Renting a private room with open-air bath by the hour is an ideal way to spend a relaxing time with the family. After a bath, it’s time to slip on a yukata (a kind of casual kimono), shop for souvenirs and check out the “ennichi” corner, where the bustle of a fair in downtown Edo has been brought back to life.

Fushimi Inari

People pray at Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine for success in business, good luck and better skills. The shrine also serves as the head for 40,000 Inari shrines all over Japan. Red torii (shrine gates) donated by worshippers line the path, so close together that they form what resembles a tunnel leading all the way to the top of Mt. Inari-san rising high above the grounds. The winding four-kilometer-long path to the summit is always crowded with worshippers making a visit to the shrine, called the Oyama-meguri (Oyama tour).

Since ancient times, Fushimi has been blessed with high quality spring water from the Momoyama hills, and thus is known for Japanese sake (rice wine) brewing. Nearly 40 sake cellars still stand alongside a moat, and the area retains the atmosphere of the Edo Period from 17th to the 19th century. Streets lined with bars and restaurants unique to this brewing town are another of its many attractions for tourists.

Dotonbori osaka

Dotonbori is a large scale downtown along the south bank of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. Osaka is known as the gastronomists’ town, and thus the entire area of Dotonbori is thronged with an unbelievable number of restaurants and amusement facilities, and is dearly loved by the Osakaites. There are theaters that play traditional puppet shows Bunraku, storytellers’ halls and other popular entertainment as well as a number of movie theaters.

Dotonbori is often selected as a scene in the Japanese and foreign movies as the symbol of Osaka. There are promenades on both sides of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal to offer better environment for a downtown, which are always attracting visitors and residents. On both sides of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal are lined with advertisements and neon signs. The entire sides of buildings are decorated with neon lamps. The illuminated signboards and neon lamps reflect on the Dotonbori-gawa Canal at night, making Dotonbori even merrier.

Kayokan Osaka

Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan (海遊館, Kaiyūkan), is located in the Tempozan Harbor Village of Osaka’s bay area, and is one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums. It introduces various forms of life inhabiting the Pacific Rim in a well organized and impressive way.

Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank, representing the Pacifc Ocean, is nine meters deep and home to a whale shark, the aquarium’s main attraction.


Takeshita dori

Harajuku is a collective term for the area that stretches from the south of the Sendagaya area to Jingumae-machi. On the west side of JR Harajuku Station is Meiji-jingu Shrine, located in a forest, it is famous for its Japanese iris garden where irises bloom in profusion during the rainy season, and a treasury hall that stores articles that belonged to Emperor Meiji, the highly cherished emperor of the late 19th century. Near Meiji-jingu Shrine is NHK Broadcasting Center, where visitors can take a tour through the TV program studios and view various exhibits.

East of Harajuku Station lies Takeshita-dori Street, known throughout Japan as a popular hangout for 13- to 15-year-olds. Fashion designers began to set up their offices and studios along Omotesando Avenue and the adjacent Aoyama Street after the Tokyo Olympics, held in 1964. Since then, more and more fashion stores for adults, and fashionable coffee shops and restaurants have been built in this area.

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