In 1612 the coin (Japanese Ginza) was built here. The proximity to the money attracted banks and department stores. In 1872 the area was destroyed by fire and rebuilt according to Western plans. Ginza is the old, venerable business center of Tokyo. Here are the major department stores and almost all luxury brands in the world operate a branch around the Yon-chome intersection.
The "Sensoji Temple" was built in 628 and is the oldest and most sacred temple in Tokyo. The wooden buildings were destroyed during WWII, but are faithfully reconstructed. The "Sensoji" is also known as "Asakusa Kannon Temple" and it is the top attraction of Tokyo.
The construction of the "Imperial Palace" started in 1590 by Shogun Ieyasu. The following rulers enhanced the palace complex. Many buildings have been destroyed during WW2 and were only partially rebuilt later. The Emperor still lives in the palace, you can only visit the western part of the complex from the outside. The photo shows the "Nijubashi bridge" with the palace in the background.
The "Meiji Shrine" was built by Emperor Mutsuhito in 1920 and is Tokyo's most popular Shinto temple. The Temple was destroyed in 1945 and rebuilt in 1958. The remarkable shrine is holy for rightwing nationalists and therefore controversial in the sense of political correctness.
Shibuya is the largest entertainment district in Tokyo. Illuminated signs and giant screens make the night shine bright. In front of Shibuya station there is the famous crossroads, which is flooded by pedestrians. Shibuya is the shopping and entertainment district of the young people with countless restaurants and bars.
If you want to see what all kinds of marine life in the Japanese waters and even like to eat fish should not miss to visit the fish market Tsukiji. Here you can watch how giant tunas (maguro) are artfully decomposed.
From the observation deck of the 333 m high television tower you have a very nice view of the city and the bay of Tokyo. The red steel truss tower opened in 1958. The Tokyo Tower is a reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. There are three viewing levels, the "Special Observatory" is the highest observation deck. The Tokyo Tower is a famous landwark of the Japanese capital.
The Mori Tower is 238 m, the tallest building in 2003 Roppongi Hills complex opened. The Roppongi district is famous for its bars and nightclubs. In addition to shops, offices and cultural facilities, such as the Mori Museum, the tower's observation deck is a worthwhile destination for visitors. Because Roppongi is located between Shinjuku and Ginza, the Mori Tower is one of the most beautiful vantage points of Tokyo.
Shinjuku is the CBD and administrative district of Tokyo. In Shinjuku the first skyscrapers of Tokyo were built. Shinjuku is not as bustling as Shibuya or Ginza, but there are also many interesting shops and great restaurants.
Welcome to Tokyo
Tokyo is home to about 30 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the world. How do you find your way around such a mega-city? The Japanese characters can not be read but often there are Latin letters underneath. The metro network is well developed, you can easily get to all the important places. For tourists, the districts Shinjuku, Ginza, Asakusa and Shibuya are the best. Here are the most sights and the Latin signs are almost everywhere. To go out is also the district Roppongi.