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Meiji Shrine:
Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine consecrated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. In Shinto, it is not unusual to enshrine the deified spirits of prominent personalities. It is situated in a wooded park area near to Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Several events and festivals are celebrated at the shrine throughout the year.

Imperial Palace:
Edo Castle was the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who controled Japan from 1603 until 1867. About in 1868, the shogunate was vanquished, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were transferred from Kyoto to Tokyo. In 1888 the building of a new Imperial Palace was accomplished. During the World War Two, the castle was destroyed, after that; it was rebuilt with the similar style.

Rikugien is one of the most beautiful gardens of Tokyo, it possesses the original style of the Japanese gardens. Made-up around 1700 by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, the word Rikugien literally means "six poems garden" and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems.

Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple situated in Asakusa, the middle of shitamachi. A traditional legend narrates that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and albeit they placed the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

Edo-Tokyo Museum:
The Edo-Tokyo Museum was established on March 28, 1993, as the point, where arrivals come to discover more about Tokyo's history and culture and which also serves as a projection onto the city and the living of the future.

Hama Rikyu:
Hama Rikyu, the preferred garden of a feudal Lord's residence during the Edo Period, is one of the most wonderful landscape gardens of Tokyo. It is situated alongside Tokyo Bay, near the futuristic Shiodome district. The access to Hama Rikyu is 300 Yen. It's open every day save during a short period around New Year.

Imperial Palace East Gardens:
The Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kokyo Higashi Gyoen) are a region of the inner palace area and are available to the public, save on Mondays, Fridays and some special occasions. The access is free of charge.

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