Meiji Jingu

Express Gratitude to Your Beloved Dolls at This Unique Festival at Meiji Shrine

At the mention of Meiji Shrine, what comes to your mind? The lush greenery along the forest paths leading to the shrine? Traditional Japanese marriage ceremonies taking place on the shrine’s grounds? For those who may not know, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken (even…

The 4 Best Things to Do in Marunouchi to Make You Fall in Love with Tokyo

Marunouchi is a modern-looking district found at the very heart of Tokyo, just a stone’s throw from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The name Marunouchi translates as “inside the circle” and originates from its location inside the palace walls of the Edo Castle hundreds of years ago. Originally inhabited by some of the country’s…

The 3 Best Budget Capsule Hotels in Tokyo’s Most Desirable Areas

Tokyo is one of the most impressive cities in Japan. The opportunities for entertainment, dining, shopping and nightlife are never-ending. If you’re planning to visit Tokyo, whether for business or sightseeing, there’s nothing better than being close to one of the stations for ease of access around the city. These three capsule hotels promise the…

Harajuku, Land of Colorful Trends: 18 Ways to Indulge in Japanese Pop Culture

What do you think of when you hear about Harajuku? It may be a parade of vividly dressed “Harajuku girls” akin to the characters you might see from time to time in your weekly anime. Maybe it could be an image of the latest cutting edge fashions coming down the runway, or perhaps you visualize…

5 Amazing Hot Spots to Enjoy the Beauty of the Autumn Leaves in Tokyo

Japan is a country of many amazing spectacles and one of those is the changing of the leaves in autumn and there are many places throughout the country that gloriously feature these beautiful sights. However, when you’re traveling to Tokyo and only have a limited time, you are restricted to places that are easily accessible…

What is Shinto? Learn about its History and Importance

Many people have heard of Shinto, either by reading about Shinto shrines or through study into religions. But what is Shinto? History of Shinto thediplomat.com/ Shinto is not a monotheistic religion, many kami or spirits are worshipped, reflecting the initial clan structure of primal Shinto. The Kofun period of Japanese history led to the introduction…

The Peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine in the Heart of Tokyo

History Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo honouring the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. Their tombs are not here in Tokyo however this shrine was built in 1920 to honour their legacy, and 100,000 trees were planted around the shrine in their memory. Meiji Jingu is a stunning shrine to visit and…

See the best of Tokyo in one day

My friends often ask me what my top destinations are in Tokyo and where I would recommend they visit, so I have thought about this often! Recently a friend only had 24 hours in Tokyo to take in all the sights and didn’t want to spend their day travelling. So below is my idea of…
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