The head temple of the Jodo-shu Buddhist sect and best known for the graves of six Tokugawa shoguns. The Tokugawa shogun tombs were opened for public viewing from April 2015. The temple also has a good number of cherry blossoms. On Feb. 3, it holds the annual Setsubun bean throwing ceremony where celebrities throw the beans.
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This temple is famous for the graves of the 47 ronin or masterless samurai from Ako Province who avenged their master, Lord Asano, by capturing and beheading Kira at his estate in Ryogoku on Dec. 14, 1702. On Dec. 14, the Gishisai ceremony reenacts the 47 samurai who march to the temple carrying Kira's head. Read story here. The temple belongs to the Zen sect's Soto school. Near Sengakuji Station on the Toei Asakusa subway line. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Constructed in 1958, the 333-meter-high Tokyo Tower has been a prominent Tokyo landmark for as long as we can remember. Although it's not as beautiful as the Eiffel Tower, it serves its purpose well. Not recommended for people allergic to radio waves or afraid of heights.
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A real oasis in an urban jungle. Another waterfront garden with classic Japanese-style elements with a pond, pine trees, rocks, and stone lanterns. First built in the 17th century and used as the residence of a number of nobles. Purchased from the Arisugawa family in 1875 by the Imperial Household Agency which made it the Shiba Detached Palace. The buildings were destroyed in the Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the property was donated to Tokyo in 1924 to commemorate the start of Emperor Showa's reign.
Next to the garden is the World Trade Center building in Hamamatsucho. Once Japan's highest building in 1970. Great views of Tokyo.
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Japan's first public cemetery is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Famous for cherry trees lining the main throughfare and for the graves of many statesmen, company founders, foreigners, and celebrities. Several former Japanese prime ministers such as Yoshida Shigeru, Miyazawa Kiichi, Ikeda Hayato, and Hashimoto Ryutaro are buried here. The loyal dog Hachiko (famous in Shibuya) is also buried along with his master. Near Gaienmae Station (Ginza/Hanzomon Line) and Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line).
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