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15 sights that make Tokyo so fascinating [Copy link] 中文

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8. Godzilla

One ill-fated night, Godzilla, a giant radioactive reptile from the sea, climbs out from Tokyo Bay and attacks the city. After wreaking havoc and causing much death and destruction, he’s gone, but the Japanese army puts up a row of electrical towers along Tokyo’s coast to shoot 50,000 volts of electricity through the monster, should he come back again.  

This is the plot of the original 1954 “Godzilla,” a campy action thriller that has a direct connection to the nuclear attacks on Japan in 1945.

The film’s director and co-writer, Ishiro Honda, was allegedly so shocked by the devastation from the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima that he created the monster to act as a metaphor for the devastation.

More than 50 years later, Godzilla (whose name is an amalgam of the Japanese for gorilla and whale) is as instantly recognizable as ever around the globe -- the freak monster inextricably tied to Japanese culture and Tokyo for evermore.

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9. Shibuya crossing

At any given moment, there are usually at least a few tourists with cameras shooting some part of this legendary intersection -- and for good reason.

For visitors to Tokyo, it’s the best way to prove they made it right into all of the city's iconic non-stop action and lights.

Shibuya crossing is without doubt one of the most recognizable and exciting spots in Tokyo today. Its unique scramble layout stops vehicles from all directions to allow pedestrians to flood the entire intersection every few minutes.

The three huge TV screens on nearby buildings overlook the area, which has been called the “Times Square of Tokyo.”

The crossing is located in front of Shibuya Station’s Hachiko exit and is reportedly Japan’s busiest intersection.

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10. Harajuku Girls

By the time Gwen Stefani brought her stylish Japanese entourage, the Harajuku Girls, to the attention of the American mainstream back in 2004, the unique youth street fashions emerging from the Harajuku district of Tokyo were already inspiring many fashion-savvy fans throughout the world.

Emerging full-force during the post-bubble era of the 1990s, inspired by pop culture and the desire amongst youth for more affordable fashion, the street fashion culture of Harajuku has produced notable and distinct looks, such as the Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei and Decora.

While it’s been noted that Harajuku Girls no longer gather in large numbers on Jingu Bridge or Take----a-dori these days, Harajuku is still considered by many the street-fashion capital of the world.

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For most Japanese people, the Imperial Family continues to be a revered institution, and the Imperial Palace, their primary living quarters, is thus undoubtedly regarded as one of the most significant landmarks in the country.

Built in 1868, the Palace was nearly destroyed during the air raids on Tokyo during World War II, but was completely rebuilt by 1968.

For the many foreign visitors who continue to visit the palace annually, perhaps its minimal and refined look -- characteristics also often attributed to Japanese culture and people -- are a big part of its allure.

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12. Tokyo Disneyland

When it re-opened after a month-long hiatus due to the Tohoku earthquake, some visitors had already been lined up for hours, waiting eagerly to get back into the “happiest place on earth,” as it’s branded.

It’s not an uncommon sight on weekends to spot dreamy-eyed young Japanese couples cuddled up on trains in Tokyo, with their Mickey Mouse balloons and Tokyo Disneyland souvenir bags. For the city’s young, Disneyland is an important and convenient day escape into romance and fantasy.

Opened in 1983, Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney park complex to be built outside the United States. It’s owned by Oriental Land Co. Ltd., not the Walt Disney Company.

A popular slot in many Tokyo vacation itineraries for Japanese and foreign tourists alike, it pulls in some 25 million visitors a year and since opening has added a certain, magical, element to Japan’s capital.

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13. Tokyo Olympics

2016 may have gone to Rio de Janeiro, but at least Tokyo will always have the summer of 1964. It was then that the Summer Olympics, or Games of the XVIII Olympiad, came to the capital. The landmark event, which was the first Olympics ever to be held in Asia, still lingers in the national psyche, remembered particularly fondly amongst the baby boomers and elderly, as a catalyst of Japan’s modern comeback.

The 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics marked the end of a long period of isolation and despair for the country following World War II, and gave its people a new hope for the future that they hadn’t felt in years.

The “new” Japan that was presented to the world with the Olympics was peaceful, refined, and most importantly, technologically advanced -- with its remarkable shinkansen (or bullet trains) and state-of-the art electronic devices, ranging from cameras to timing devices that could be used for the Olympic events.

The Tokyo Olympics of 1964 was also the first time that judo was introduced into the Olympics -- for which Japan won three gold medals that year.

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14. Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Market (officially the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market), located in central Tokyo, is the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market.

So, it’s not surprising that tourists from Japan and abroad continue to try and get there before the break of dawn to catch all of the early morning auction action, which peaks between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The Tsukiji market is said to process 2,000 tons of seafood a day, that comes in from all over the world. It opened in 1935, after the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 destroyed its predecessor, the Nihonbashi fish market.

Although there are hundreds of products on show, from seaweed to whale meat, one of the most spectacular sights is the daily tuna auction, where the giant fish are laid out on floor for inspection by expert bidders.

However, since the March 11 earthquake, visitors have been prohibited from attending, so check before you go.

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