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The Imperial Palace (2) is where the emperor and empress reside. The outer garden, east garden and Kitanomaru Garden are open to the public without charge. Reservations are required to visit the area around the palace itself. A favorite photo opportunity is before the Nijubashi Bridge, the east garden when flora are in bloom, and the Chidori-ga-fuchi moat for April cherry blossom viewing.
TOKYO SKYTREE® (1) has become a landmark in Tokyo and is the highest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world at 634m. A shopping, dining and entertainment center, TOKYO Solamachi®, has over 300 establishments, aquarium and planetarium (in Japanese). The TOKYO SKYTREE® TEMBO DECK at 350m has the observation deck, café, restaurant and official shop; and the TOKYO SKYTREE® TEMBO GALLERIA at 451.2m also has an observation deck with the spiral corridor at 450m.
Tokyo Tower (6) (1958) remains a beloved icon, exceeding by 13m Paris’ Eiffel Tower, yet lighter by 3, 000 tons. Some 34, 000 liters of white and orange paint is applied, and 180 floodlights illuminate the structure.
Senso-ji Temple (3) in Asakusa is the oldest temple in Tokyo, built in the 7th century and drawing more than 30 million visitors annually. The Bodhisattva Kannon is known among Buddhists as the most compassionate. The Nakamise shopping arcade sells traditional, local snacks and souvenirs. Rickshaws are available for hire for guided tours of the Edo-style neighborhood.
Meiji Jingu Shrine (4) initially had 100, 000 trees donated from around Japan and overseas. Now there are 170, 000 trees of 234 species. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji (1868-1912) and Empress Shoken. The Torii entrance gate is made of cypress wood more than 1, 500 years old. The emperor is said to have designed for his wife a garden of over 100 types of irises, blooming in June.
Kabukiza Theatre (5) first opened in 1889. The new complex, the 5th generation, opened in spring 2013 and was designed by Kengo Kuma, and now has a 29-story office tower behind it. The façade and interior of the new theater resembles the previous classic structure. The seating area is bigger, and the exterior facing the small side street is now more open. The ancient dramatic costumed performances can be enjoyed with an English captioning device available for rental.
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