A tour of Tokyo among past and present: from the Edo-Tokyo museum to learn more about the city’s history by jumping back in time to the spirituality of Kaminarimon and the modern Tokyo Tower offering amazing 360° views over the capital.
What we will see
*Edo-Tokyo Museum * Kaminarimon: statues and red lantern * Senso-ji temple in Asakusa * Nakamise-dori street for souvenirs and Japanese specialities * Tokyo Tower * Japanese lunch
What we will do
We start our tour with the Edo-Tokyo Museum in the Ryogoku district. Inaugurated in 1993, the museum is located in a futuristic 7-floor building whose cubic and straight lines give way to the history of the metropolis through the centuries.
The museum’s permanent exhibitions illustrate Tokyo’s past (called Edo until 1869) describing the capital’s characteristics from the Edo Period up to recent times.
Visitors can interactively learn about various aspects of ancient Tokyo such as everyday life, architecture during the Edo period, cultural heritage, political currents, trade and much more.
The museum also explains past construction techniques through numerous miniature models and life-size reproductions.
We move on towards the Kaminarimon (“thunder gate”), an impressive gate which holds the largest red paper lantern in Japan. The Kaminarimon is the outermost of two large gates leading to the Sensi-ji temple in Asakusa** dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Kannon, who is very popular in Japan and incarnates compassion. With its millenary history, the Senso-ji temple represents the most important and ancient in the city and is the most popular tourist sight.
The Kaminarimon is flanked by two statues - one represents Fujin, the god of wind, while the other is Raijin, the god of thunder (which gives the gate its name, i.e. “Furaijin-mon”, the “gate of thunder”). These two deities have always been considered the protectors of the temple, still one of the main sights in Tokyo.
The Kaminarimon gate marks the start of the Nakamise-dori street, a 250 metre long road with 89 shops where we can find all kinds of goods: souvenirs, hair accessories, dolls, lucky charms, handicrafts, postcards, sweets and typical food. This ancient market is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and try a few delicious Japanese delicacies.
The last stop on our tour is the Tokyo Tower, a communications and observation tower in Minato’s Shiba-kōen district in Tokyo.
It is 333 metres high and the second highest artificial structure Japan.
The Tokyo Tower is a lattice Eiffel Tower-inspired structure that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. From FootTown, the four-storey shop located at the base, it is possible to reach two observation platforms: the The two-storey Main Observatory is 150 metres up, while the smaller Special Observatory is at 250 metres. Both offer 360° views over Tokyo and, on clear days, Mount Fuji can be spotted by looking south-west.
During the tour, we have the opportunity of enjoying an delicious dishes from the Japanese cuisine.