The Tōkyō Tawā is a television tower in Tōkyō, Japan. It is 332 meters high replica of the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France. It is made of steel and colored in orange and white to prevent planes crashing into into. It was built in 1958.
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When I’m abroad I love to go to zoological gardens. You can learn a lot about a society when you see how they treat animals. And in Tōkyō, Japan I was really surprised: those silent and emotion-free Japanese people started to laugh and smile at the zoo.
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The Sawanoya Ryokan in Tōkyō, Japan was my first traditional ryokan hotel ever. It still has the spirit of past times, you’re welcomed by a very friendly family and the best of all are the two Onsen baths.
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The Sensō-ji (or Asakusa-dera) is the biggest and most important Buddhist temple in Tōkyō, Japan. It’s history goes back to the year 628 when fishermen found a statue in their nets. From 645 on a temple was built at this place that has later been extended.
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It is the biggest fish market in the world and it’s a good reason to wake up early: the Tsukiji fish market in Tōkyō, Japan. 2200 tons of fish and seafood are traded here each day; including big tuna fish used especially for sushi. It roots back to the 16th century and was created to provide the Tennō and his house with fresh fish.
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At the Sengaku-ji temple in Tōkyō, Japan you can find same graves that have a special meaning for the Japanese people. The story of the 47 rōnin (samurai without a patron) is a national myth every child in Japan learns.
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Something you should really do while being in Japan is a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. A great place to do so in Tōkyō is the tea house within Hamarikyū garden. It is located on a house within a pond surrounded by green fields.
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An oasis within the metropolis: the Hamarikyū garden in Tōkyō, Japan is a vast garden I stumbled open when looking for the Tsukiji fish market. You’ll find vast greenfields, ponds and a wonderful tea house here where you can have a traditional tea ceremony.
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It is the home of the current Tennō and an important place in Tōkyō, Japan: the imperial palace was built after the year 1873 when the former castle of Edo at this site burned down. Most parts are protected and guarded, you can only enter them after registering for a guided tour.
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In a crowded city like Tōkyō, Japan the transportation plays an important role. Road construction works or interruptations in public transport could cause major problems – and are therefore often carried out at night and in high speed – something Europe can really learn from.
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