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Japan Destination

Obviously, a visitor to Japan should leave ample time to sightsee. As there are countless of places to choose from, this section is divided into the following categories to help narrow your search:

1. Tokyo
2. Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto
3. Hakone
4. Kamakura
5. Hokkaido


Ah, Tokyo. The country’s capital city has more than its fair share of sightseeing. Here are a few of its must-see attractions.

Imperial Palace
Kokyo, or the Imperial Palace, is in Chiyoda prefecture in Tokyo. Visitors may wander the outside garden, although the East Garden is closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Tokyo Towe
At 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower, making it an obvious sightseeing attraction. It was modeled after France’s Eiffel tower, which is 320 meters tall. Visitors can choose to visit the main observatory located about mid-way, or they can visit the special observatory 250 meters above the ground. The cost is approximately 1,500 yen (roughly $14) per adult to get a bird’s-eye view of Tokyo from the top floor.

The tower is located just outside of Roppongi, famed for its entertainment and nightlife. Those visiting the tower during the day should also consider stopping by the Zojoji Temple, an excellent example of the many Buddhist temples located throughout Japan.

Tokyo Dome City
This leisure complex is located in the center of Tokyo and consists of the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, an amusement park, a spa and a hotel.

Tokyo Dome is the home of the Yomiuri Giants, but also serves as a venue for large concerts with its capability of seating 55,000. It is nicknamed “Big Egg” because it is round, large and white.

Korakuen, the amusement park in Tokyo Dome City features several roller coasters. It is ultimately named after nearby Koshikawa Korakuen, one of the three most famous Japanese gardens. Those who visit Tokyo Dome City should also consider visiting the garden as it is located only a short walking distance from the city.


If you want to go shopping, Tokyo is the place to be. Walk down Shinjuku to find the latest technology (and go to the kabuki theater afterwards), or Shibuya and Harajuku to find the latest fashions (and, if time allows, stop by a karaoke box or a local café). Often, major department stores such as Takashimaya or Mitsukoshi can be found these areas.

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland attracts millions of both Japanese and foreigners every year. What makes this Disneyland different from others? During Japanese holidays, Disney characters sometimes dress up in traditional Japanese clothing during the parades.

Yokohama China Town
Although located just outside of Tokyo, Yokohama’s China Town is a must if you want to eat some of the best Chinese food available. If you drive to Yokohama, you will pass the famed Rainbow Bridge, which is especially attractive at night.

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