It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Tokyo Tower standing 1,092 feet off the ground! Enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo from the Tower. Originally built as a broadcasting tower in 1958, the Tokyo Tower is the second largest tower in Tokyo. From the special observatory deck, visitors can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji and Mount Tsukuba. Within the tower there are several museums such as the Wax Museum, Trick Art Museum, the Music Museum, and Art Display, but be mindful, the writings in the museums are all in Japanese.
From the height of the skyscraper you can inspect the culture and life of the Japanese people while taking in the great atmosphere of Tokyo. It is recommended to visit the tower during the night to witness the vibrant city lights along with the impeccable architecture. Your trip to Japan will be incomplete without a trip to the Tokyo Tower!
Tokyo Imperial Palace
A relaxing day dedicated to nature and museums is a must on every vacation. Take a break from the city lights to explore the gardens of the Imperial Palace, three times larger than New York’s Central Park. The palace is home to the Imperial family but you won’t get a peek unless it’s New Year or the Emperor’s birthday. Explore the historical palace where Emperor Hirohito surrendered to the Allied force ending World War II. Take a walk through the East garden built in the profound and innately calming Japanese style. There are museums within the palace like the National Museum of Modern Art, the Crafts Gallery, the Science Museum, and Nippon Budokan. There’s even two shrines called the Chidorigafuchi and the Yasukuni shrine; commemorating the lives of those who dedicated their lives to their country.
Hiroshima Memorial Museum
Take a moment of silence to recognize the tragic deaths of Japanese civilians killed during World War II at the Hiroshima Memorial Museum. The memorial site stresses the importance of eliminating nuclear weapons, serving as a living example of its harmful effects. It was established in 1955 and it currently receives one million visitors every year. The sincere stories of the victims brings visitors to tears raising questions and contemplation on the causes of human suffering. The Museum includes articles of clothing and other remains of those who lost their lives to the atomic bombs; displayed alongside photographs documenting the sites before the bombings and the subsequent aftermath. Be sure to hire an audio tour guide that can translate if you don’t speak Japanese. A trip to the Hiroshima Memorial Museum will be an emotional experience but, it will give you the chance to bond with your loved ones in a deeper level.