“Chidorigafuchi” is the most beautiful Cherry Blossom place in Tokyo, Japan. It is close to Tokyo station. Closest Tokyo Metro station is “Kudanshita”. If you walk from Kudanshita station, you can see following beautiful contrast with green and yellow flowers soon.
Top photo is the closest place to Imperial Palace in Chidorigafuchi. It takes 20 minutes walk from Kudanshita. In this area, you can see very beautiful Cherry Blossom trees they are extended to surface of moat. This is most famous Cherry Blossom path in Japan. In Cherry Blossom season, there are so many Japanese and Visitors in this place.
In Cherry Blossom season, you can enter to Imperial Place. In Imperial Place, you can walk Inui-street. There are many Cherry Blossom trees with castellated wall.
Also there is a very beautiful lake with Cherry Blossom in this Imperial Palace as follows.
This Inui street is opened in Spring cherry blossom season and Autumn leaves season. But because there is a plan to refresh construction, next chance to enter is 2017 Autumn.
How do you say in Japan shop and restaurants? After announcement of 2015 Tokyo Olympic, there are so many visitors in Japan. But almost of them are struggling how do they ask something in shops and restaurants.
When you think “How do we communicate with Japanese?” or “I need Japanese interpreter”, you can just show following we site. By showing its pages, you can easily communicate with Japanese in shops, restaurants and towns.
This site has some categories such as “Shop”, “Cafe & Restaurants” and “Where is”. If you select shop, you can see some English sentences. Then if you select one of them, you can get a Japanese sentence. You can show this Japanese using Smart-phone or Tablet.
Also, if you want communicate about “Price”, you can use slide-bar to confirm its price.
And, in “Where is” category, you can ask with location name where you want to go, as follows.
Most of Japanese who are working in Shops and Restaurants can not speak English. They usually hesitate to communicate with foreign visitors. But if you use this Web site, they will feel it is very easy to communicate.
This is a simple Web site but it covers most of basic conversation in Japan Shops, Restaurants and so on.
Hotel Okura Tokyo is the most famous traditional Hotel in Tokyo.
Its Main-Building is planned to reconstruct from 2015 summer. As top photo, figure of the main building of Hotel Okura is very special. It is a fusion of Japanese and Western.
As above photo, its lobby is very special and famous. The lighting is special and so-called as “Oku-lantern”. Interior decoration is totally natural wood.
In eastern side of Shinjyuku, there is a good traditional Shinjyuku restaurant “Acacia” (top photo). It is very famous for its “Cabbage Roll Stew (Rolled Cabbage)”. In rich taste Stew, there are two big and soft chunks of cabbage including meat as follows.
Out side of restaurant, there is some menu models as follow. You can check your favorite menu.
Inside of this restaurant is very traditional Japanese cafe style as follows.
Top photo is the Cherry Blossoms’ tunnel in Maihama, close to Tokyo Disney Land. This is 1 km Cherry Blossom tunnel along a river. You can walk 10 minutes from Maihama station.
There are so many beautiful cherry blossoms: “Somei-yoshino”. It blooms only one or two weeks at the same time in the beginning of April.
This year (2015), it started blooming from 30th March, its peak will be 5th April, I think. There are some large cherry blossom trees in this Maihama town.
You can walk or drive under this cherry blossom tunnel.
Also, “Kasai Rinkai Park” is very famous cherry blossoms park in Tokyo. “Kasai Rinkai Koen” station is next to Maihama station. You can enjoy BBQ if you reserve BBQ area. Also, there is good aquarium in this park.
Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine (Shinto shrine) is one of the most famous Shinto-shrine in Japan. It is located at Nikko, it takes 2 hours from Tokyo. As top photo, there is the impressive big shrine (Tohshoh-gu Yohmei-gate). Fine sculptures are carved around these constructions as follows .
Most famous sculpture of Nikko is, following “three wise monkeys”. This Nikko Monkeys are teaching “Should not hear, speak and see evils while young”. It is a traditional symbol in Chinese and Japanese culture.
After hundreds of stone steps, you can approach to the grave of Tokugawa Ieyasu who is the most famous Shogun (General) in Japan history. Following bronze urn contains the remains of Ieyasu.
In Nikko Tosyo-gu Shrine, you can also see the five-story Pagoda. Each story represents Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Ether – in ascending order.
When you visit to Nikko Tosyogu, you should also visit to Kegon-no-Taki (Waterfall). Its height is about 100m and there is very impressive nature.
I recommend you to stay at Nikko because there are so many wonderful Japanese style hotels with Hot-Spa, in Kinugawa. If you can stay, you can go to Ryuo-kyo valley. There are beautiful river and good hiking trail in this Japan national park.
Ginza is very famous town for brand shopping in Tokyo, Japan. Ginza shopping is great experience for visitors to Japan, I think.
When you walk around Ginza, you can find so many world wide brand shops as follows,
This Louis Vuitton shop is incorporated in Matsuya Ginza which is famous shopping store (department store, in Japanese). So many famous brands such as Burberry, Issey, agnis b, Prada, Armni and Zenia are in Matsuya.
In Matsuya Ginza, there are Tax Refund Counter and Currency Exchange Machine in B1.
Also, in underground floor B1, there are so many sweets and foods shops, it is so called as “Depa-Chika” in Japan. My recommendation is Libertable (following photo) which is sweet cake shop using unique stuff.
For example, left cake is “Luxe”, it includes Chocolate and Truffe. Right cake is “Zenith”, it includes Apple Carameliser and Foie-gras. Center cake is Mont Blanc with Porcini mushroom. They have very rich and complex taste !
If it is lunch time, I recommend to have Japanese Ramen noodle at “Hakata Ippudo” on 3rd floor of IKSPIARI. In the approach to Ippudo, you may see long line of waiting people. It is very famous Ramen restaurant in Japan.