Japan’s hustling capital city is a strange combination of hyper-modern architecture competing with the sky for space, and a deep respect for the traditional temples and structures that share the urban space. In honour of the current Olympic and Paralympic games taking place, we walk you through some of the breathtaking sights the athletes may have had the pleasure of seeing.

Japan National Stadium

A trip to the impressive stadium should definitely be on your city tour list. While many sporting arenas and venues were used during the Olympics and Paralympics, this stadium served as the main venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as for the main track events.

Senso-ji Temple

As Tokyo's oldest temple, this attraction holds a special place amongst the bustling of city life. The original Buddhist temple was tragically damaged during WWII. However, the temple was restored and remains a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike. The temple also happens to be next to Japan's tallest pagoda, another must see attraction, both reside in a bustling shopping district so an adventure to the temple will keep you busy for hours.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Walking through the large gates of Tokyo's iris garden (frequented by the emperor and his wife) you are greeted by the magnificent shrine of Emperor and Empress Meiji. Completed in 1920, this temple is particularly close to the hearts of locals countrywide as the shrine, completed in only traditional Japanese materials, was a civic project where youth and other civic groups from all over Japan came to help build and fund the monument.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

If you are interested in walking through the history of Tokyo, starting from the origin in 1603 and naming of the city, following the history and development through to today, then this museum is an absolute treat. There is a wealth of history to digest and the grounds and setting of the modern museum is a sight all on its own.

Tokyo Skytree

It's almost impossible to imagine the skyline of Tokyo without thinking of the Tokyo Skytree, this iconic building is known as Japan's tallest building and the second tallest building in the world! The full height of this broadcasting and observation tower is a staggering 634m. Add this as a stop while enjoying a tour through the city. The public are welcome inside although only to certain floors as the building functions as a tv and radio broadcaster.

Sukiyabashi Jiro

Those who have watched Jiro Dreams Of Sushi will know that sushi master Jiro Ono is fondly known as the father of modern sushi. Those who didn’t, please do yourself a favour and watch the documentary. Sukiyabashi Jiro was the first sushi restaurant in the world. Bookings need to be made months in advance as his intimate restaurant, while beautiful, is small due to the particular care Jiro takes in the entire experience from the moment you walk in.


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