Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital and the greater Tokyo area is the most populous metropolis in the world, mixing the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. Discover the historical sites with a modern architecture while you are visiting Tokyo for the Rugby World Cup 2019!
Asakusa in Taito Ward is a place where the historical culture is still very much alive. Its centre is Senso-ji Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple with about 1400 years history. And since the opening of Tokyo Sky Tree in 2012, this spot has received much attention for its harmony of traditional culture and hypermodern development.
Another landmark Tokyo has to offer is Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo Tower. Founded in 1393, Zojo-ji Temple is the head temple of Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto region. Standing next to Tokyo tower in the spacious Shiba Park, this outstanding sight is another of Tokyo’s juxtapositions of tradition and modernity.
Hamarikyu Garden close to Ginza area is a Japanese garden that has been remodeled as a public garden park, on the site of what was formerly a villa of the Shogun Tokugawa’s family in the 17th century. The traditionally-styled garden stands in stark contrast to the skyscrapers of the adjacent Shiodome district.
A few steps from Harajuku Station, Meiji Jingu Shrine was established in 1920 in dedication to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Dowager. The shrine grounds are covered by a forest which provides a peaceful oasis just in the heart of metropolitan Tokyo.
Located on a sloping street, Kagurazaka is one of the most attractive and interesting enclaves in all of Tokyo. Kagurazaka was a popular entertainment district during the Edo Period, and some of the geisha houses are still open to exclusive clientele to this day.