What I would call one of the major sightseeing attractions in the world, this world-famous fish market is an unbelievable place to behold. Giant tuna auctions, giant tuna carving, fish preparation, and the sale (and scale) of all kinds of fish in a huge and bustling market takes place almost every morning. See the best action from 5:30 am to 8 am. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Japan's most famous bridge is unfortunately one of the least outstanding, largely due to a huge expressway running right over it. It hardly receives any skylight. It used to be where all of Japan's major roads originated. Also see photos of Nihonbashi, a bustling area of dept. stores and company offices.
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Established in 1617, Tsukiji Hongwanji temple is the Tokyo headquarters of the Nishi Hongwanji Jodo Shinshu sect. The present temple, based on Indian architecture, was built in the 1930s. April 8 is observed as Buddha's birthday, called Hana Matsuri ("Flower Festival) in Japan.
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Waterfront garden built by the Tokugawa shoguns in the 17th century. During the Meiji Period, it became a Detached Palace for the Imperial family who gave the garden to the Tokyo in 1945. It used to have duck-hunting grounds. It was also the site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse where foreign dignitaries stayed such as former US president Ulysses Grant and Hawaii's King David Kalakaua. During New Year's, they also hold falconry demonstrations. Short walk from JR Shimbashi Station and Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and the Yurikamome line.
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Held on the second Sunday of Jan., in the middle of winter, this shrine invites people to take a freezing-cold bath while wearing only a loincloth (or swimsuit for women). Kanchu means "during the cold," and suiyoku means "water bathing." The shrine is a 7-min. walk from Hatchobori Station on the Hibiya subway line.
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