• 04/23/2010
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Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills (茵??????????????)?was built in 2005, which was part of a series of urban developments in Tokyo done by the developers, Mori Building and designed by Tadao Ando. It occupies a large proximity of Omotesand??, containing over 130 shops and 38 apartments. Omotesand?? is a famous shopping and residential road in Aoyama. The construction ran at a cost of $330 million, replacing the Bauhaus-inspired D??junkai Aoyama Apartments (???羹や?????絮宴?≪????若??), which had been built in 1927 after the 1923 Kant?? earthquake. A small section of the old apartments still remains, having been reconstructed in the Southeast part of the new complex. Dojunkai Aoyama Apartments Shopping For many years, Omotesando has been the trendsetter in Japanese fashion and culture. These days the Omotesando area has a new focal point, the Omotesando Hills. Hosting near 100 retail outlets with its target market being a more mature audience whom enjoy the city life while having a strong sense of fashion. The complex boasts flagship stores, boutiques and exclusive outlets from leading overseas brands as well as exclusive domestic brands offering a unique fashion style known as the ???Omotesando Hills Mode???, especially for mature individuals who would prefer avoiding the boundaries of style. Aside from the […]

  • 04/22/2010
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Tokyo Midtown

Set amongst lush greenery lays the urban Tokyo Midtown (??延根???????????帥????)?development, comprising of six stylish buildings featuring a variety of facilities such as hotels, museums, stores, restaurants, offices and leisure space. Art is truly alive in every corner of the town welcoming visitors from all walks of life and providing your every day urban life with a superior quality of living. It is also the key factor in the proliferation of Japanese design around the world. The complex was completed in March 2007 at the cost of ?370 billion and sports the tallest building in Tokyo and the new quarters of the Suntory Museum of Art. It???s located in a prime location in Roppongi, part of the Minato ward on the site previously occupied by the Japan Defence Agency. Aside from having a vast selection all the exquisite, high-end drink, food and fashion – Tokyo Midtown is also the home of Design Sight 21_21, a design gallery/workshop created by world-renowned fashion designer Issey Miyake and architect Tadao Ando. “The idea was to create not only a museum that shows exhibits,” says Ando, “but also a place for researching the potentiality of design as an element that enriches our daily life, a […]

  • 04/21/2010
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Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Garden Place, located in Ebisu, which is a neighborhood in Shibuya, Tokyo. It???s conveniently Located near Roppongi and central Shibuya. Ebisu can be easily accessed with the JR Yamanote and Hibiya lines via Ebisu Station. It has boutiques, vintage stores and patisseries all within easy walking distance from Ebisu station. Ebisu’s main tourist attraction is centred around the Yebisu Garden Place. Accessible from the East Exit of Ebisu Station via the Yebisu Skywalk covered moving walkway; it includes the headquarters of Sapporo Breweries, The Yebisu Beer Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of photography. Ebisu was founded around 1928 as a community developed around the Japan Beer Brewery Company facilities where Yebisu Garden Place now stands. Yebisu Beer, named after Ebisu, one of the Japanese Seven Gods of Fortune, was introduced in 1890 by Japan Beer and has long been a local favourite. The area adopted its name from the train station built in 1901 by the company to facilitate distribution of its beer. Japan Beer has since reorganized and was renamed Sapporo Breweries Ltd. After the breweries were moved to Chiba in 1988, the area was redeveloped as the Yebisu Garden Place, which opened to the public in […]

  • 04/20/2010
  • 07/13/2013

Palette Town, Odaiba

Palette town (?????????????帥????, sometimes mistranslated to pallet town) is a huge complex facility containing attractive amusement spots, stores and restaurants. It is home to one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world at 100 meters in diameter and 115 meters high known as Daikanransha (紊цΤ荀ц??). It???s extremely popular because you can look down at the sea and the skyscrapers of Tokyo at the same time. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the coast from Haneda down to the Boso Hanto Peninsula. You can also see Mt. Fuji on a fine winters day. Its huge Ferris wheel can also be seen all across Odaiba signalling to prospective visitors that Palette town is a fun and interesting place to be. Palette town is made up of several attractions with a large shopping centre known as the Venus Fort (??眼?c?若????鴻??????若??), a women’s theme park filled with fashion, beauty, and many other items of interest. Venus Fort was first opened in 1999 and designed to look like 17th century Europe, there is even a staged sky on the roof that transforms from day to night every few hours. It???s not only the decor that Venus Fort shares similarities with Las Vegas??? Caesar???s […]

  • 04/18/2010
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Odaiba Kaihin Koen / Seaside Park

Odaiba Seaside Park (????伾?贋儀羌??????)?is a man-made seaside park where you can fully enjoy Tokyo’s waterfront. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed, but there are many other leisure activities including paddling and boardsailing and the superb scenery of the towns on the opposite shore can be viewed over the Rainbow Bridge, so even a simple walk in the park is a pleasure. A scenic walk along the sandy beach takes you to “Daiba Park (?伾?翫????)” that still has traces of the Edo Period (1603-1867) and “Shiokaze Park (羹?※?????)” with its beautiful fountain. Daiba Park Shiokaze Park Walking along the footpaths you can see the Statue of Liberty (????宴??コ腑?)?that was a gift from France and stands along the skywalk, and the “Marine House” observatory with its variety of restaurants and shops all of which are highly recommended photo spots. The atmospheric night scenery of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower viewed from the observatory creates a picturesque, lifetime memory. And along the boardwalk it???s littered with couples as this is considered to be Tokyo???s most romantic visits. There is also a pier nearby for the sea bus, so that visitors can take a special cruise in Tokyo Bay. If you love Japanese TV […]

  • 04/16/2010
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Shinjuku Chuo Koen / Central Park

Shinjuku Chuo (Central) Park (??医?筝?ぎ?????) is a small functional park located in western Shinjuku, one of 23 wards in the Tokyo metropolis area. Surrounded by some of Tokyo’s tallest buildings including its tallest, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings 1 and 2. The Century Hyatt, the Park Hyatt, and other hotels and office buildings surround Shinjuku Central Park. Somewhat of an ultra modern mix of concrete, glass steel and landscaping with some very impressive architecture. Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the worlds most expensive and luxurious hotels and featured in the hit movie ???Lost in Translation??? staring Bill Murray. A visit to the Shinjuku Skyscraper District at night during the Christmas season is quite an experience with many of the buildings and surrounding area being lit up with millions of Christmas lights. It attracts thousands to its nightly displays. The layout of Shinjuku Central Park is very simple and accessible for the many office workers in the area and is an ideal retreat amidst all the chaos for them to spend their lunchtime, which you may find it socially interesting. If you are staying in any of the hotels nearby, the park with its greenery will simply provide you a […]

  • 04/15/2010
  • 07/25/2010

Shakujii Park

Shakujii koen (??括??篋??????) is a public park in the Japanese town of Shakujii in Tokyo’s Nerima ward. First established in 1959, it is one of the larger parks in the metropolis, after Ueno Park (筝?????????). Within the park two ponds can be found, Shakujii Pond (??括??篋?羆?)?and Sanp??-ji Pond (筝?絎?絲堺??) as well as several small Shint?? shrines and the historically significant remains of Shakujii castle. A short way south of the park, the Shakujii River runs from east to west. The ponds are said to have formed naturally from the gushing up of underground water from the Musashino-dai Pond just a short distance away. But over the years, the ponds have slowly started to shrink, and so, in order to preserve the park’s scenery and recreational use, a manmade system has been installed to pump water into both ponds. ? The Shakujii castle ruins date back from the Kamakura period (?????????篁?, 1185-1333), or even earlier, thus it is known that the site was in use and regarded as strategically important for many centuries. The castle was the residence of the Toshima clan (莟?絣区??)?of samurai and the stronghold of the local area ruler, Lord Toshima who ruled over the surrounding area in […]