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If you love the beauty of temperate nature, love the pleasant climate along with the diversity of culture, cuisine then you should definitely traveling to Tokyo, Japan once in your lifetime. This place will make you “love at first sight” by the friendliness of the Japanese people with the poetic landscape and the unique architecture of temples and Shinto shrines. Do not worry if this is the first time you are traveling alone to Japan because we are ready to share a “basket” of Tokyo travel guide and tips from A to Z to you to visiting the capital of the land of the rising sun! Now, let’s explore this biggest, busiest, bustling, rich culture, extremely delicious food, and so beautiful city in Asia through our Tokyo blog (Tokyo travel blog, Tokyo trip blog) — The fullest Tokyo travel guide blog for a wonderful budget trip for the first time visiting Tokyo, Japan from how to get Tokyo, top and best things to do in Tokyo to what and where to eat in Tokyo, suggested Tokyo itinerary 3 days in below.

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Ginza district at night, one of the bustling districts in the world.
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Central Tokyo seen from Odaiba Bay
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Meiji Shrine
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Tokyo Imperial Palace
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Yomiuri Land. One of the best places to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo.
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Meguro River in Cherry blossoms. One of the best places to see Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
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Tempura
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Grill wagyu beef. Tokyo is considered as the capital cuisine of the world.
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Japanese cuisine focuses on nutrition and decorations. Photo: tokyo blog.
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Ramen, one of the best food you have to try when visiting Tokyo, Japan
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The chefs at a Sushi restaurant, Tsukiji Fish Market. One of the largest market in the world. Credit: tokyo trip blog.

Tokyo blog: When is the best time to visit Tokyo?

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Shibuya crossing

Tokyo has subtropical humid climate, was divided into four distinct seasons, hot and humid in the summer and very cold in the winter, each season bringing its own beauty, charm, and characteristic. Therefore, you can based on your hobby or free time to make plan to travel to Tokyo. However, because it is located on the Pacific coast, so the weather is cooler than the cities with the same latitude. The best time to travel to Japan in general and Tokyo in particular is around the end of August and early September, when it beginning of the autumn, the weather will be very pleasant, especially if you visit Tokyo in the period time, you will be admired the forests, parks, gardens turn their colors to bright yellow and red, extremely romantic and poetic.

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Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
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Tokyo is famous as one of the safest destinations for visitors. Photo: tokyo blog.

Spring (March – May): It is the time for all flowers to blossom, when you come here at this time you will experience the festival of beautiful cherry blossom which occurs in late March to the second week of April, the famous festival in Japan.

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Rowing boats during cherry blossom at Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo. Photo: tokyo travel blog.

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Summer (June – August): At this time the weather is hot and humid, but the heat here is not as harsh as the weather in Vietnam. If you like bustling, take a stroll on the streets and enjoy the exotic atmosphere, let’s plan travel Tokyo on the summer. In addition, there is also fireworks festival at the end of July. When taking a walk, remember to bring umbrellas or raincoats to avoid the rain.

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Tokyo Summer Kimono. Credit: tokyo blog.
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Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Tokyo water festival

Autumn (September – November): In our experience, autumn is the best time to travel to Tokyo, this is also the peak tourist season in Japan. Because, if you come here in this period you will be admired the romantic scene of autumn Tokyo, with forests, parks, gardens filled with red maple leaves. The maple leaves will be turning from green to yellow, orange, and red that create an astonishing beautiful, romantic, poetic space.

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Shinjuku Gyoen botanical garden in Autumn

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Meiji-jingu Gaien’s Ginkgo Avenue

Winter (December – February): The weather in Tokyo is very cold, so there is usually snowfall, snow covers the roofs and the streets. When visitors come here in addition to enjoying the cold of winter in Japan or watching the snowfall, you also experience exciting activities such as skiing, snowballing … Surely, you will have many memorable memories when traveling Tokyo in winter.

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Snowfall in Tokyo

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Tokyo blog — How to get to Tokyo from Vietnam?

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Hadena International Airport

To getting to Tokyo, Japan you will travel by air. You can buy airline tickets from airlines such as Jetstar, All Nippon Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Japan Airlines, American Airlines … to fly directly to Narita or Haneda Airport (These are Tokyo’s two largest airports without need to transit). The round trip air fares from Vietnam to Tokyo range from $473 to $645 depending on the flight route, airlines that have different prices. To save money, you can hunt for Jetstar’s low fares for just $172 to – $215.

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Narita International Airport

Tokyo blog — Getting around Tokyo

From the airport to central Tokyo

Tokyo Monorail connecting Haneda Airport and central Tokyo
Tokyo Monorail connecting Haneda Airport and central Tokyo

For transportation from the airport to central Tokyo and the Tokyo tourist attractions, you can base on your financial and economic conditions on choosing the right vehicle. There are three popular means of transportation in Tokyo: bus, taxi and subway, monorail. However, taxi prices here are quite expensive, so only suitable for those who have good economic conditions. To save money, you should choose the bus and subway to moving. In the days of sightseeing, to getting around Tokyo, you should use the subway if the destinations are far apart and cycling or walking if the destinations are close together.

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Tokyo taxi. Credit: tokyo blog 2017 blog.

You can choose the following types of trains to moving:

Tokyo Subway: You can buy tickets at Narita or Haneda Airport quickly, easily and can use immediately. Buy tickets online at: https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/travel/index.html

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The Tokyo Subway is a popular means of transportation in Tokyo.

 

Tokyo Skyliner: Rapidly moving at speeds of up to 160km/h, from Narita Airport to the city center takes only 41 minutes. Buy tickets online at: https://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/e-ticket/en/

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Keisei AE Skyliner. Credit: tokyo travel guide blog.
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Inside Keisei Skyliner

Airport Limousine: From the airport to downtown Tokyo, if you have lot of baggage and want to see the scenery of Tokyo, you can take the Airport Limousine bus, it costs about $28. For more, visit: https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/

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Haneda Airport Limousine. Credit: tokyo travel blog 2018.

You can contact to buy a train ticket right after arrive at the airport at the Tourist Information Center (HIS) or you can pre-booking tickets on websites as above.

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Keikyu Tourist Information Center. Image by: tokyo blog 2018.

Getting around Tokyo

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Shibuya crossing

Tokyo is known for having the most developed and the transport system are extremely complex, spread throughout the inner and outside city. So, you should choose to travel by subway when traveling in Tokyo to save costs and experience the incentives attached to each type of train tickets.

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Tokyo Subway is a popular means of transportation in Tokyo.

Some of the most popular train travel cards in Tokyo are:

JR Pass: This card is very popular and only available for foreigners to traveling in Japan. JR Pass is divided into two types: Green card (VIP ticket) and Ordinary card (regular ticket) with a usage time of 7-14 and 21 days. The price of each ticket depends on age and time of use. Ranging from 19.440 yen to 50.000 yen. This card will allow you to use public transport such as trains, buses and ferries.

JR Pass cards are used by many travelers to navigate the city for convenience.
JR Pass cards are used by many travelers to navigate the city for convenience. Credit: tokyo blog 2019.
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Shinjuku JR Train Station

Read more: JR Pass — Top 11 things about Japan Rail Pass you need to know.

Tokyo Subway Pass (Metro Card): Tokyo metro card used in 24, 48 or 72 hours: Tokyo metro card applies to all routes of Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. These are the two largest subway systems in Tokyo, with spread routes, and more than 250 stopovers, which are convenient for sightseeing.

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Tokyo Subway Ticket – 24, 48 or 72 hours

Read more: Using Tokyo metro 24 hour ticket — You can discover all the best places of Tokyo during one day for only 600 yen!

Free Kippu Day Pass): The type of ticket that once purchased you will be traveled with some main subway and bus routes in a day of visiting. One-day ticket price is 1.590 yen and allows you to use the routes of Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway and JR routes in Tokyo inner-city within one day.

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Toei Bus One-day Pass (Toei One-day Pass): If you do not like to take the train, you can choose to take the bus. This card will allow you to travel comfortably to 23 districts in Tokyo for just 500 yen a day.

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Toei bus
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Tokyo blog — Where to stay in Tokyo?

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Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo

Tokyo is a popular tourist destination in Japan, and the world, so the hotel and guesthouses services here are extremely diverse. You can easily choose hotels from budget to high-end class, depending on your finances. Hotels, homestays, guesthouses, dorm, … in Tokyo from the popular to modern, luxurious. All are ensured of quality, comfort, safety and convenient for traveling.

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The price of hotel rooms, guesthouses in Tokyo ranging from $15.27 to $900 / room / night. Depending on your needs and “wallet” that you can choose for yourself a suitable accommodation. You can refer to some of the most popular hotels are highly rating, such as Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel, The akasaka, Khaosan Tokyo Origami, Capsule and Sauna Oriental…

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The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo
  • Budget: There are dorm rooms, bunk beds, capsule hotels in East Tokyo such as Asakusa area.
  • Middle range: The hotels with average room rates also extremely diverse for you to choose such as in Ueno area.
  • High-end: The standard hotels in the Shinjuku area.
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Tokyo’s capsule hotels

Here are some beautiful and quality hotels in Tokyo you can refer to.

Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu: If you want to find a cheap hotel, guesthouse with good quality then The Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu is an wonderful choice for you. With a team of enthusiastic and caring staffs, this hotel also offer a wide range of services including hot tub, sauna, fitness room, golf course (within 3 km), indoor swimming pool, bring you the most relaxing moments.

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Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu

  • Address: 31, Oyama, Narita-Shi, Chiba, Narita International Airport, Tokyo.
  • The lowest reference price is $68.12.

APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari: The 4-star hotel, with its good location for easy access to popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, the hotel has become an ideal accommodation for tourists. Moreover, with cheap room rates, good quality, full facilities you will not bother about anything when staying here.

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  • Address: 2-3, Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba, Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo.
  • The lowest room rate is around $104.

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel: With modern space, clean rooms, professional staffs bring comfort to guests. Moreover, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel’s massage, after a day exploring Tokyo.

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  • Address: 2-14-5 Kabuki Cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
  • The lowest room rate is $118.02.

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku: As one of the beautiful, quality hotels, the best price in Tokyo that you should choose. With convenient location, easy access to entertainment, dining and shopping areas in Tokyo, so it is very convenient for sightseeing, exploring Tokyo. Moreover, with professional service style, modern equipment, full facilities, you will be very pleased to stay here.

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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

  • Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
  • The lowest reference price is $ 170.99.

Keio Plaza Hotel: Considered a great hotel for travelers in Tokyo. When coming here, besides relaxing after the sightseeing, tours in Tokyo, when return to Keio Plaza Hotel, you will experience a lot of services such as gym, massage, outdoor swimming pool, kids club … to help visitors always feeling enjoyment during their vacation.

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo agoda

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo agoda

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo agoda

  • Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
  • The lowest reference price is $242.34.
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Tokyo tower

You can find, check rates, availability & booking for Tokyo hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

Tokyo blog — Tokyo experiences: Top places to visit and top things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo, Japan. One of the best destinations in the world.

Top places to visit

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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It is the greenest and most beautiful park in the heart of Tokyo. Especially, if you come here at the end of March, early April in the year, you will see a whole sky of cherry blossoms. Entrance fee is $2.

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Traditional teahouse
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3350-0151
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Entrance fee: 200 yen

Imperial Palace East Gardens

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The campus offers tranquil green spaces and calm lakes along with a beautifully trimmed Japanese garden. Visitors can easily see monuments from the old walls. Nearby is the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, MOMAT Kogeikan Art Gallery and Science Museum.

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Imperial Palace East Gardens

Imperial Palace East Gardens
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Imperial Palace East Gardens
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Imperial Palace East Gardens

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Imperial Palace East Gardens

Imperial Palace East Gardens

The Royal Garden of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo is also an ideal picnic spot with green grounds.
The East Royal Garden of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo is also an ideal picnic spot with green grounds.

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3213-1111
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30. Mon, Fri: Closed. Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 9AM–4:30PM. Admission ends 30 minutes before closing.

Tokyo Skytree

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Tokyo Skytree

This is the tallest tower in Japan with an impressive height of 634 meters, the Guinness Book of World Records being the tallest building in the world in 2011. The Tokyo Sky Tree is not only the central point of every viewing angle but also this is the perfect spot to see Tokyo from above. At the 350th or 450th floor of the building, there is a panoramic view of the whole city.

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Tokyo skytree. One of the best places to visit in Tokyo.
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Visit Tokyo Skytree, you will see panoramic Tokyo at 350 meters altitude!

Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
Hours: 8AM–10PM. Mon-Sun 8AM–9PM
Prices: First observatory: 2060 yen / Second observatory: 1030 yen
Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

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Tokyo Disneyland. One of the best amusement parks in Asia

If you take your kids visiting here, this is probably the best place to have fun with your family. As the largest entertainment area in Japan, this place promises to bring a lot of wonderful experiences to your family.

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Tokyo Disney Sea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia
Tokyo Disneyland. One of the best amusement parks in Asia
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Tokyo Disneyland. One of the best amusement parks in Asia
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You can take your baby to enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea.

Tokyo Disney Sea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia

Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea. One of the best amusement parks in Asia (1)

Address: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
Hours: 8:30AM–10PM. Mon-Sun 9AM–10PM
Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp

J-World Tokyo

J-World Tokyo

A place for devotees who love Japanese manga such as One Piece, Dragon Balls, Naruto, … Come here you will see your favorite manga characters with the same size as real life.

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J-World Tokyo
Or you can immerse yourself in the comic world at J-World Tokyo.

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Address: 3-1-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 170-8630, Japan
Hours: 10AM–10PM
Phone: +81 3-5950-2181

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Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

A scale aquarium orient art installation and combines visual art. The park is divided into 11 different zones with a variety of fish, marine creatures, rare animals are classified according to the topic.

Visitors looking at jellyfish at Tokyo's Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium.

Visitors looking at jellyfish at Tokyo's Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium.
Visitors looking at jellyfish at Tokyo’s Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium.

Aqua Park Shinagawa

Address: 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato 108-8611, Tokyo Prefecture
Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Phone: +81 3-5421-1111
Website: http://www.aqua-park.jp

Read more: Top 3 best aquariums in Tokyo and around.

Yoyogi Park

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This is the largest park in Tokyo, with green lawns, lakes and shady trees. The park is an ideal place for picnic trips, sightseeing, walks, or even watching the street performance shows. Especially, there are also the beautiful road of yellow ginkgo trees. The place is also the favorite place of the old goods devotees, items here are quite diverse, but the most popular is the clothes and household items.

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Street performance
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Ginko trees

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Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan
Hours: Open 24/7
Phone: +81 3-3469-6081
Free entrance

Odaiba Bay

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A large artificial island in Tokyo Bay (Japan) that connects to the center via the Rainbow Bridge, this is a large commercial, residential and entertainment area with lots of interesting activities.

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Fuji TV Building
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Boulevard above the ground.

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Visit the unique artificial bay of Japan and contemplate the giant Gundam robot here.

Museums, palaces, cultural places, experience Japanese culture

Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu)

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Meiji Shrine

This is the most famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The temple was built to commemorate the Emperor Meiji – The Emperor of the late 19th century. If you come here on Sunday morning, you will see the wedding processional in Japanese tradition. The temple is open from dawn to dusk, free entrance.

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Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Bangkok

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
Free entrance
Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple)

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The ancient temple of Senso-ji or Asakusa Kannon are known not only as the oldest Buddhist temple in Asakusa, in Tokyo but also the place of worship of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, full of spiritual colors.

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Cherry Blossoms in bloom at Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
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Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Hours: Main hall: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March). Temple grounds: Always open
Free admission

Tokyo Imperial Palace

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

It is the capital of the ancient Edo Dynasty, covering an area of over 7.5 square kilometers and surrounded by moats and stone walls. When you come here, you will be watching the majestic beauty of the ancient palace.

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Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3213-1111
Hours: Tue-Sat 9AM–5PM. Mon, Sun Closed
Website: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html

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