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.The city of Tokyo is home to several Shinto shrines, but each offers a unique spiritual experience. The Takarada Ebisu Shrine is one such shrine which definitely is worth a visit, if only for the stunning Shinto architecture of its structure. As with other shrines, this shrine has its own fair that is organized on its premises, and surrounding area, that is held each year, the Nihonbashi Ebisu-ko Bettara-ichi.
Akihabara refers to the eastern side of the Chiyoda section of Tokyo. Akihabara is sometimes referred to as the "Electric City" because of the high concentration of stores selling all things electronic. Find the latest video games, gadgets, iPods, and cameras at Yodobashi Akiba, a nine-story flagship store, or peruse the Tokyo Animation Center where you can watch showings and demonstrations on gaming and animation. Literally almost every shop deals with electronics, so the possibilities are endless for technology lovers!
Officially known as the Resurrection Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in Japan, this odd, though beautiful Byzantine-design Russian Orthodox church took its nickname from Archbishop Nikolai, its first administrator until his death in 1912. The original plans for Nikolai Do with the green onion dome were drawn up in St. Petersburg by Josiah Conder, a British architect, and the construction was completed in 1891. Service is in Japanese.
Before the decision by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in the 17th century to move Kanda Myojin to its present location, the original shrine in Otemachi, where the body of the popular 10th century rebel leader Taira no Masakado rests, dates back to 730 A.D. The shrine, itself is an aesthetic disappointment, but is the starting point of the well-loved Kanda Festival held in mid-May every two years.
Shogun Tsunayoshi, a strong advocate of Confucius, established this major Confucian shrine in 1632. A forerunner to Tokyo University during the Edo Period (pre-1868 Tokyo), the buildings were a government sponsored school for training bureaucrats. Formerly located in Ueno Park, the shrine was relocated to Yushima in 1691. The main hall dates to 1935 and was designed by prominent architect Chuta Ota. The hall, which houses a 17th century image of Confucius, is open on Sundays, but the courtyard can be seen any day.
A unique shrine among the hundreds that lay across the city, the Koami Jinja Shrine is a Shinto Shrine made out of cypress, locally known as bishu-hinoki, and is celebrated for its uniqueness by the community. Visited by devotees and tourists throughout the year, this shrine is quite a popular attraction in the area. Besides, it is also the venue for the annual Doburoku Festival, where Sake brewed at home is brought and enjoyed by all. Call to know more.
Reconstructed in 1967, the shrine is famous for visits by pregnant women who pray for safe deliveries. It is also reputed to guard against sea disasters. Legend tells us that in 1185 while the Minamoto and Taira were fighting, the child-emperor Antoku together with his mother saved themselves by taking refuge in the sea.
Popular for being the treasure chest of used books stores, antique stores, and publishing houses, the neighborhood of Kanda-Jinbōchō is worth a visit for any curio or book enthusiast. Locally known as just 'Jinbōchō', this area comes under the ward of Chiyoda, and gets its name from a samurai who used to live here. This neighborhood is also home to book stores like Jimbou Book Town, and several prominent publishing houses like Iwanami Shoten. So, if you love reading, or just collecting rare and ornate things, then head to Kanda-Jinbōchō, and you will find much to treasure.
Located in the east of the city, Tokyo Station handles a vast array of commuter trains running north, south, east and west. All trains are color-coded to match the lines on which they run. Most lines run local, rapid and express trains. Tokyo Station is also the terminal for bullet trains running to all corners of the country. Tickets for these may be purchased at all major JR stations at the Midori Madoguchi (Green Window). It is best to make a seat reservation in advance.
This temple was built as a memorial to unknown victims of the great fire of 1657. It is associated with sumo, as bouts were held on the grounds here during the Edo period. Over the years the temple has become known for its memorial to missing pets and also for people who have died in various calamities. The nickname of Ekoin is "Rat Boy's Shrine," a reference to a legendary Japanese hero who helped the unfortunate and needy.
This street market was formed after World War 2. At that time, people were short of food, and food and clothes were under a ration system, so people had to have a ration ticket to buy items. However, some people started a selling at this street. They sold items like sugar, jackets and trousers. This street started as black market and has become legitimate. Now, many tourist visit Ameya-yokocho from all over the world. You can buy various kinds of things, not only clothes and food, but also uncommon foods and cosmetics.
The fountains in this park were created to commemorate the marriage of the current emperor of Japan. This place is a precious green park for people in the city of Tokyo. It is a good place to take your family. After taking a walk in the park, you can have lunch at a restaurant nearby. At night, the fountains in this park are lit up, so you can enjoy a majestic water show right before your very eyes.