University of Tokyo Hongo Campus 東京大学


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The University of Tokyo is Japan's most prestigious university. The Hongo Campus is the main campus, the former site of the Kaga Province's Maeda Clan estate. In March 2015, it got a major new attraction with a statue of Hachiko the dog reunited with his master.

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Rikugien Garden 六義園


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One of the nicest Japanese gardens in central Tokyo, and one of two of Edo's famous gardens (other is Koishikawa Korakuen). The garden was built in 1702 by Lord Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu from Kawagoe, who was a favorite ally of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the 5th Tokugawa Shogun. It is a Kaiyu-type Daimyo garden with hills and ponds. It is famous for a large weeping cherry tree which blooms in late March. Also pretty in autumn. When in bloom, the weeping cherry trees are lit up at night. Also in fall, the leaves are lit up. Near Komagome Station on the JR Yamanote Line.

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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden 小石川後楽園


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With Tokyo Dome looming above, Koishikawa Korakuen is another famous Edo-Period Japanese garden originally built by Lord Yorifusa of the Mito Tokugawa Clan in 1629 as part of his Edo estate. The garden was completed under Lord Mitsukuni, the second lord of the Mito clan. The garden is famous for weeping cherry trees and other flowers which can be enjoyed throughout the year. Near Iiidabashi Station and Korakuen Station.

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Harimazaka Cherry Blossoms 播磨坂桜並木


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Harimazaka road, named after Lord Matsudaira Harima who had his main residence here during the Edo Period, is lined with 127 cherry blossom trees for about 460 meters. Harimazaka is near Myogadani Station on the Marunouchi Line.

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Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival 文京つつじまつり・根津神社


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The Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri or Azalea Festival is held from April to early May at Nezu Jinja Shrine which has a slope filled with 50 varieties of azaleas. They usually reach full bloom in late April, but there are flowers which bloom later or earlier so there's always something in bloom during the festival period. All that pink and red might overload your color senses. Near Nezu Station on the Chiyoda subway line.

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Bunkyo Ajisai (Hydrangea) Matsuri Festival 文京あじさいまつり


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Held in Hakusan Shrine and the adjacent Hakusan Park, numerous hydrangea bloom during rainy June. The centerpiece is a pile of hydrangea in the shape of Mt. Fuji.

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Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival 湯島天神 梅まつり


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The 54th Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri (Plum Blossom) Festival was held from early Feb. to early March 2011. Every weekend during this period, stage entertainment highlighted the festival. On March 5, 2011, the diverse entertainment included belly dancers, Tsugaru shamisen players, hula dancers, and the Shiraume Taiko women drummers during a four-hour show from noon. Also see my YouTube video here for March 5, 2011 and my more recent Youtube video for Feb. 22, 2014.

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Yushima Tenjin Shrine Chrysanthemum Festival 湯島天神 菊まつり


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Small but popular shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the God of Learning. Many students pray here to pass school entrance exams. The shrine is famous for ume plum blossoms and it also holds a large chrysanthemum festival (Yushima Tenjin Kiku Matsuri) in Nov. Near Yushima Station on the Chiyoda subway line.

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Yushima Seido 湯島聖堂


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Near Ochanomizu Station is Yushima Seido, a large, impressive Confucian temple.

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Gokokuji Temple 護国寺


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Belonging to the Buzan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, this temple was built by the mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1682. The Gekkoden Hall was moved here from Miidera temple in Otsu, Shiga Pref. The Tahoto Pagoda was modeled after the Tahoto at Ishiyamadera in Otsu, Shiga. Okuma Shigenobu, founder of Waseda Univ., is also buried here.

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