Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tokyo Sight Seeing - Tokyo City tour


A one day sightseeing around Tokyo is a dilemma for most of them who have been here for years and so one could guess the condition of a visitor from a foreign country. The Japan Travel Digest would suggest to go for a one day trip by Yurikamome line, stating from Shinbashi to Toyosu. The monorail will take you through the Tokyo skyscrapers and the waterfront of Tokyo bay, giving a magnificent view and pulse of the Tokyo metropolis. It has 16 stops and each will have a unique attraction to experience. 

Aquacity Odaiba 

Aquacity
There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. Visitors can enjoyee the illuminated Tokyo Bridge with Tokyo towen in the back after sunset. Better to spend after the sunset. Visitors can also access sight seeing bots from near by boat jetty. The Tokyo liberty statue is situated at this place. This area will be crowded during the week end evening.
Hours :11:00 to 21:00 
Closed: No closing days

                                                        Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge connects Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo. The two story bridge is an iconic symbol of the bay and is especially beautiful during its nightly illumination. The bridge supports an expressway, a regular road, the Yurikamome train line and pedestrian walkways along both sides. The bridge has a sidewalk where we can cross the bay on foot enjoying the magnificent view in 30 minutes.


Statue of Liberty
Liberty Stat
The French Statue of Liberty came to Odaiba, the beach area of Tokyo since April 1998 until May 1999 in commemoration of "The French year in Japan". Because of its popularity, in 2000, a replica of the French Statue of Liberty was erected at the same place. This replica is located on the same latitude as the original statue in New York.



 Fuji TV Building
This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. Visitors can access the building's observatory deck housed in the sphere shaped part of the building. We can also see some exhibits on popular programs, buy Fuji TV goods at a shop.
Admission: Free (observation deck: 500 yen)
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00.
Closed: Mondays



Telecom Center
The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. The observation deck offers nice view of the bay area. Visitors can also see the Mt.Fuji on clear days. 
Observation Deck: 15:00 to 21:00 (weekdays)
11:00 to 21:00 (weekends and holidays)
Closed: Monday
Admission: 500 yen

                                                      Toyota museum and showroom

This is a giant Toyota showroom called Toyota Mega Web that shows off all of Toyota's latest models, car accessories and technologies. Attractions include test driving of cars and a museum exhibiting cars from past decades. Visitors can get access each car and experience it.
Hours: 11:00 to 21:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free


Venus Fort
Venus Fort

Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. The mall features over a hundred shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants on three floors including a few outlets shops on the upper floor





Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. This is also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center. Wide arrays of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year including the Tokyo motor show.




Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel

This 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of Tokyo Bay and Odaiba below. Each cabin seats six (or four in the all-glass cabins), and the complete revolution takes about 15 minutes.




Panasonic Center
Panasonic center

The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Panasonic Corporation. The third floor is Risupia, a hands-on math and science museum.
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00)
Closed: Mondays
Admission: Free (Risupia: 500 yen)




Maritime Museum
Museum of Maritime Science

This museum looks like a large cruise ship docked along the Odaiba waterfront. The main building exhibits the history and technology of ships. Outside you can board two real ships that are permanently docked next to the museum.
 Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (until 18:00 on weekends and holidays) Admission: Nominal Fee

Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Opened in 2003, Oedo Onsen is a hot spring theme park which can give the atmosphere of the Edo period. Visitors can enjoy various types of indoor and outdoor baths which are fed by hot spring water pumped from a depth of 1400 meters. Restaurants, massage, games and other entertainment, as well as overnight stays are available.
Open: 11:00am to 9:00am (last entry 7:00am)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2900 yen (2000 yen from 18:00 to 2:00, 1900 yen from 5:00)
An additional 1700 yen overnight fee applies from 2:00 to 5:00.
URL: http://www.ooedoonsen.jp/higaeri/english/index.html

Access
By Yurikamome Visitors can access all the attractions by the Yurikamome line is running between Shimbashi station in JR Yamanote line and Toyosu on the Yurakucho subway line. The Yurikamome cross the Rainbow bridge and offers spectacular views of Tokyo skyscrapers, Tokyo water front and the harbor.



Round-Trip Tickets
Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at all Yurikamome stations. The fare of round-trip tickets is twice that of one-way tickets for the desired route. There are no discounts. Round-trip tickets are valid for two days from the day of purchase.
Fair & Time Table
One-day Pass
One-day pass for unlimited ride on the Yurikamome valid for one day on the day of purchase or during the period of validity. ・Same-day Purchase ・・・ A one-day pass valid for the day of purchase can be purchased from ticket machines at all Yurikamome stations. ・Advance Purchase ・・・ A one-day pass valid for one day during the period of validity may be purchased in advance at Shinbashi or Toyosu stations. ・Fare ・・・ Adults-¥800, Children-¥400


Coupon Ticket Pack
Coupon tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at all Yurikamome stations (1 pack contains 12 tickets).With the fare of 10 regular tickets you receive 12 tickets in one pack.Coupon tickets are valid for three months from the day of purchase.


URL 
Musium of Meritime Science:  http://www.funenokagakukan.or.jp/index_e.html


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Tokyo Sky Tree - Tallest tower in the World

Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Sky tree is the world’s tallest tower and the second tallest structure in the world. It is 634.0 metres and stands majestically at Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. The tower will play a major role in the radio and television broadcasting for Japan in the coming years. It is open to the public for visit from May 22 2012.  



The Tokyo Sky tree is bulilt using the application of new structural technologies and materials. It is designed to withstand earthquakes of Level2 seismic intensity and also the strong winds from the nearby Tokyo bay.   The Sky tree is surrounded by several shitamachi areas (traditional shopping and entertainment districts), such as Asakusa and Mukojima, which is rich in traces of Edo culture. The tower shows a gently changing shape from triangular shape to circular shape, when viewed from the shitemachi avenues in the neighbourhood to just beneath the tower.
Observatory 
The highlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two observation decks which offer spectacular views of Tokyo. The Tembo Deck at 350 meter height spans three levels, offering the visitors a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.  The souvenir shops present at the middle deck enables the visitors to take back home a traditional Japanese meibutsu (products associated with a particular region); or an omiyage, candies or other edibles.

The Musashi Sky Restaurant here serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine and the lowest floor features a cafe and some glass panels on the ground from where you can look all the way down to the base of the tower.
The Tembo Deck is conneted to the Tembo Gallery which is 450 meters high, by a second set of elevators . Conferred as  "the world's highest skywalk", the Tembo Gallery consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower. The construction of the steel and glass tube allows visitors to look down from the dizzying height of the tower and out over the Kanto Region to spectacular distances.



Aquarium
The Sumida Aquarium is one of the main attractions of the Tokyo Skytree. It houses about 10,000 sea creatures. The most amazing view here is the 350 thousand liter tank, the largest open indoor tank in Japan, which is home to dozens of penguins and several fur seals. The visitors get to see an affluent cosmos of the aquatic life of Tokyo Bay, the Izu Islands and the Ogasawara islands.The other attractions are the planetarium, the restaurants and the shopping malls.

The colour design and the light design at the Sky Tree signifies the concept of a friendly future city.The tower is originally designed on the basis of a `skywhite` or the `ajiiro` the lightest shade of Japanese traditional indigo blue, which symbolises harmony with the surrounding scenery. There are 2 lighting styles. The "Iki" and "Miyabi  that operate alternately. They express the concept that 'today' is connected to 'tomorrow’ and, beyond tomorrow expand the 'future'.
Tokyo Sky tree Night view

The Tokyo tower employs advanced technologies and never before adopted design approaches. At the same time it inherits and embodies the deeply rooted culture of the locality in which it stands. It appropriately manifests the theme:` creation of land scape beyond space-time`.

Tokyo Sky Tree Floor guide

Floor Guide

Tokyo SkyTree  Tembo Gallery
 Floor 445, Floor 450
Tembo Gallery  450m
Tokyo SkyTree Tembo Deck
Floor 340, Floor 345, Floor 350
Shops,Restaurant and Café
5F Tokyo Sky Tree

Exit Floor,Shops,Information
4F Tokyo Sky Tree

Entrance Floor,Ticket Counter,Information
4F Tokyo Sky Tree

Shops,Group Ticket Counter


Address

Tokyo ,Sumida- Ku, Mukojima 1-33-12
Phone : 03-6658-8012


Admission Details

Same-day ticket
Available for sale from July 11, 2012.
Prior Reservation
Reservations can be made online from July 11 . Only credit cards issued in Japan are accepted for online reservations 
http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/reservation/
http://ticket.tokyo-skytree.jp/
Travel plans by (Tobu Travels: Leisure Walk Plan for SHITA-MACHI* & TOKYO SKYTREE)
https://tobu-discountpass.tobutravel.co.jp/client_en/product_detail_page.php?product_id=86
Reservation at Musashi Sky restaurant
Reservation can be make online (Japanese only, from midnight, 31 days in advanc)  or byphone (03-3623, 10:00 and 18:00 on weekdays only, from one month in advance).
http://www.opentable.jp/rest_profile.aspx?rid=15806

Fees



Category
  
  Adult


Child



4-5 years 
old
6-11 years old
12-17 years old
TOKYO SKYTREE
TEMBO DECK
350m
Day Ticket
(no time assignment)
Sale starts from July11
   ¥2,000
¥600
¥900
¥1,500
Advance Purchase
(day/time assigned, price includes a charge of 500 yen)
   ¥2,500
¥1,100
1,400
¥2,000
TOKYO SKYTREE
TEMBO GALLERIA
450m
Tickets purchased on the day only
  ¥1,000
¥300
¥500
¥800


Access by Train





Stations


Access Details

TOKYO SKYTREE Station
From Asakusa Station, 2 minute-ride on the TOBU SKYTREE Line, or a 15-minute walk. 
From Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), transfer to the TOBU SKYTREE Line at Asakusa Station, 14 minutes walk. 

Oshiage Station (SKYTREE)
From Tokyo Station, take the JR Sobu Rapid Line and transfer at Kinshicho for the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, 16 minutes. 
From Shinagawa Station, take the Keikyu Line or Toei Asakusa Line, a 25-minute through service 
From Haneda Airport, take the Keikyu Line or Toei Asakusa Line, 42-minute through service 
From Narita Airport, take the Keisei Narita Airport Line or Narita SKY ACCESS
Keisei Line, a 59-minute through service. 

Asakusa Station
 5 minutes from Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), a 15-minute walk .
Kinshicho Station
       9 minutes from Tokyo Station (JR Sobu Rapid Line), a 30-minute walk .



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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yoshinogari Historical Park - Get Experienced The Ancient Civilization

Fig: Yoshinogari
Yoshinogari Historical Park is situated in Kanzaki in Saga Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan.
The Yoshinogari Historical Park depicts the structures and relics of the Yayoi period of Japanese history (3 c B.C. to 3 c A.D.) of over 600 years. This site has great importance in Japanese and world history because of the massive size and important nature of the settlement and the artifacts found there. These include a settlement with pit-houses, a cemetery, and multiple ditch-and-palisade enclosed precincts. Bronze knives and mirrors , decorative glass beads and then used  decorated pots and pans, coins, bells, and halberds, iron tools, wooden tools, prehistoric human hair, and many other precious artifacts have been unearthed from Yoshinogari features. It is depicted  that the Yoshinogari population wove textiles, lived in permanent farming villages, and constructed buildings with wood and stone. They also accumulated wealth through land ownership and the storage of grain. The total area of this site is approximately 40 hectares.

Photos Yoshinogari historical park - The symbol of ancient civilization

Fig: burial ground of high chiefs

Another prominent view is the mortuary features of the middle Yayoi period with mounded burials, burial jars containing jade-like glass ornaments and bronze daggers. More than 2000 burial jars dating to this period have come to light, both inside and outside of ditched areas.

Fig: The inside view
Some of the raised-floor buildings of lateYayoi period were quite tall and large. It is assumed that the  largest raised floor building was square in shape (12.5 X 12.5 m²) with pot-moulds that were 40-50 cm in diameter . Yayoi pottery, burial mounds, and food preservation were discovered to be very similar to the pottery of southern Korea.The discovery and subsequent excavation of Yoshinogari caused a sustained sensation in the Japanese media in the late 1980s and early 1990s.The origin of Yayoi culture has long been debated, with records being placed about Chinese and Korean influence.


Fig: King and ministry


Access



Train

FromTime
Fukuoka Airportapproximately 70 min. (via JR Hakata station)
JR Saga StationJR Nagasaki Honsen Line local train to JR Kanzaki Station approximately 9 min
JR Yoshinogari Park Station approximately 12 min.
*From JR Kanzaki Station and JR Yoshinogari Koen Station it takes 15 on foot
JR Hakata Stationvia Kagoshima Honsen Line (Kurume, Omuta, and Kumamoto) or vie Nagasaki Honsen Line (Sasebo, and Nagasaki) to JR Tosu Station by Limited Express approximately 20 min. or by Express approximately 30 min.. From JR Tosu Station take Nagasaki Hosen Line by local train to JR Yoshinogari Koen Station approximately 14 min., or to JR Kanzaki Station approximately 17 min.
*From JR Yoshinogari Koen Station to the Park's Higashi Entrance approximately 15 min. on foot From JR Kanzaki Station on the Park's Nishi Entrance (ASOBINOHARA) approximately 15 min. on foot.


By Car
Coming FromTime
Saga Airportapproximately 40 min
Fukuoka Airportapproximately (by highway) 65 min
(by Nagasaki highway-Higashisefuri Interchange) 60 min
JR Saga Stationapproximately 25 min
JR Hakata Stationapproximately (by highway) 60 min.
JR Tosu Stationapproximately 30 min

* From Nagasaki highway-Higashisefuri Interchange take Route 385 south for 5 minutes

Contact 

NaturalParks Management Association Yoshinogari Historical Park Center

842-0035 SAGA-KEN KANZAKI-GUN Yoshinogari-machi TADE 1843
Tel. 0952-55-9333 Fax. 0952-55-9330 

Inquiries:himika@yoshinogari.jp    URL: http://www.yoshinogari.jp/en/contents1/




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3. Tokyo Sight Seeing - Tokyo City tour

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5. Yoshinogari Historical Park - Get Experienced The Ancient Civilization

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9. Climbing Mt.Fuji : Japan's Highest Peak

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12 Karuizawa : A Mountain Resort for all Seasons

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