The Nezu Shrine, built in 1705, is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Tokyo. It is famous for its Azalea Spring Festival, when around 50 species of azaleas are in full bloom from late April to May. Food stalls and games are also part of the festival.
He is also known for his rows of red torii, similar to those in Fushimi Inari in Kyoto. It is one of the few shrines where the original structure has been preserved to this day. The Nezu Shrine has escaped destruction by fire and war, and it is an important cultural asset of the city.
There are numerous cafes and traditional candy shops in the streets around the shrine. B. offer popular Karinto biscuits or taiyaki filled with bean paste.
5-minute walk from Nezu Station
If Tokyo has been on your travel itinerary for some time or you are planning to visit the city in the near future, then be sure to stop at Nezu Shrine. The most alluring thing about this tourist spot is that it is a Shinto shrine that dates back to the 1700s. The place is well known for its glorious annual Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri), held in April and May. According to indigenous beliefs, the shrine was built by the renowned priest Yamato Takeru no Mikoto for the deity Susanoo no Mikoto. Also, all the pavilions in the shrine were constructed under the command of Tsunayoshi Tokugawa between 1646 and 1709. It owes its fame to noteworthy literary dignitaries of the modern era such as Mori and Natsume who cited the place in their writings.
Nezu Shrine in Bunkyo-ku is always worth a visit, thanks to its wonderful historical buildings nestled down in the hilly landscape, the torii path, as well as the beautiful and detailed decorations of the main hall. However, the highlight of the year is the Tsutsuji Matsuri, or Azalea Festival, which takes place every year from around mid-April until the beginning of May, when the azalea bushes start to bloom. I definitely recommend to try and go during the week; it's much more charming without the weekend crowds... Enjoy!
NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO is conveniently located in the midst of electric town Akihabara, also known as the capital of manga and anime. In addition, this neighborhood has an abundance of tech shops, maid cafes and a variety of restaurants. With just a 6 minute walk away from Akihabara station, it provides easy access to explore other areas nearby such as Ueno and Asakusa. This hotel embodies the rich cultures of music, art and food. Nohga’s concept of music is derived from Akihabara’s local history, starting as a district of radio and wireless component merchants in the late 1920s. The artistic and luxurious space throughout the hotel is achieved by featuring art and amenities designed in collaboration with craftsmen from around Japan. As for the food menu, it’s seasonal fresh ingredients are sourced domestically. The glasses and dinnerware served are collaborations with stores in the surrounding area. All 120 non-smoking guest rooms feature an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower, in-room safety box, mini fridge, USB plugs, free Wi-Fi, a high-quality bluetooth speaker and flatscreen TV with original music and film. The lounge area and a compact 24-hour gym can be found near the reception on the second floor. Services include laundry (from 2,750JPY) and a 24-hour front desk with a check in time of 3PM and check-out time at 11AM For sightseeing you can rent a Tokyobike for the day (2,000 JPY/day) to explore the vicinity.
Oakwood Premier Tokyo comes from a brand of standout luxury hotel & service apartments right at the heart of the Tokyo metropolis. It is located in the business hub of Marunouchi with JR Tokyo Station in close proximity. This will allow guests and travelers to easily access the city's extensive transport network and visit various landmarks such as Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza and Shopping District. Boasting 123 luxurious apartments on the upper floors of a multi-serviced complex, each room offers a magnificent view of the city not to mention all furnished and a fully-equipped kitchen set which is rarely seen in your everyday service apartment. Without doubt, these spacious tranquil retreats are curated to give you the amenities and services of a luxury hotel and a feeling of home. They are good options for both business executives and leisure travelers from one night of a short-stay to a few weeks/months of mid to long-term stay.
Located right next to Shinjuku Chuo Park, THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku is a modern hotel with an exceptional design and easy access to the nearby Shinjuku train station and the Meiji Shrine. The 14-story hotel building was renovated and reopened in August 2018 as THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku . The western-style rooms offer a park view on the top floor as well as a newly opened terrace suite. The spacious atrium design offers a relaxed atmosphere and connects the restaurant, bar, lounge and lobby with one another. One of the highlights of THE KNOT is the delicious dishes. There are six areas in which food and drinks are offered. From the grill area to high-quality black tea and fresh bread, everything is on offer.
PIZZERIA & BAR NOHGA is an all day dining restaurant interpreting a fusion of “Spanish Italian” cuisine and has a kitchen to table design. There is a casual bar area and restaurant where you can take a peek inside the open kitchen whilst enjoying your meal. Visit the cafe for a range of coffees and teas along with an offering of tapas snacks and seasonal desserts. The cafe also offers an assorted dessert and all-you-can-drink cafe set. Breakfast takes on the art of sharing, where a range of platters are combined with focaccia and your choice of eggs cooked your way. Coming for lunch? Choose from a selection of pizzas, pastas and salads. Each lunch menu is accompanied with homemade soup, iced tea and focaccia. Dinner time offers a range of exquisite tapas and pizzas that can also be shared. Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00, Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Cafe 14:30 - 18:00, Dinner: 18:00 - 23:00 with last order at 10pm.
The Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi, which opened in March 2018, is the latest character café in the popular series of games and series in Tokyo. The café and the adjacent Pokémon Center DX store were opened in 1997 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first store. The bright café, which is furnished in warm wood tones, offers main courses, desserts and drinks - all of which are arranged with a focus on one or more Pokémon and some are suitable and limited to certain topics or seasons. You can also find exclusive merchandise here - from plush toys in chef jackets to bowls and cutlery with Pokémon motifs. They also sell Pikachu Sweets, special sweets and products with the most popular of all Pokémon as a motif. A visit to the Pokémon Café is only possible with a prior reservation, time slots can be selected from one month in advance and also in English via the website. It is located on the 5th floor of the Nihombashi Takashimaya Shopping Center, which is not far from the Tokyo and Nihonbashi stations.
Enter the world of Moomin, the Finnish fairy-tale comic characters, in the exclusive Moomin Café in Tokyo Skytree Town. This permanent Moomin Café is specially designed for Moomin fans and offers dishes, desserts, drinks and decorations on the Moomin theme. Whether you are alone or eat in company, a plush Moomin figure will keep you company at the table. The figures of the Moomins are hippopotamus-like troll creatures and were invented by the writer Tove Jansson. They love in the idyllic Moomin Valley somewhere in Finland. The Moomin characters are very popular worldwide and their adventures have been translated into more than 30 languages. There is another highlight for real Moomin fans: The "Moominvalley Park" theme park was opened in March 2019 about 40 kilometers northwest of Tokyo in Saitama prefecture and offers further insights into the world of trolls.
Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan and one of Ueno's greatest attractions. The zoo began as a collection of wild animals affiliated with the National Museum of Natural History and first opened as a public zoo on March 20, 1882. The zoo has expanded significantly since then and is now home to over 3,000 animals and 400 different species. The attraction of Ueno Zoo, however, is the pandas, also because they have successfully reproduced. Ueno Zoo is actively committed to the conservation of wild animals. The zoo is divided into two sections, a west and an east park, each with different animal species. The two areas are connected by a bridge. To the east are the pandas, Asian elephants, large numbers of bears and larger mammals like gorillas, tigers and lions. In the west area there is a petting zoo and a reptile and amphibious house. This area also focuses on animals from Africa: rhinos, hippos, giraffes and zebras. A five-story pagoda and a tea house from the 17th century round off the visit to the zoo and give this historic zoo a typically Japanese touch.
The Ueno Park (Ueno Koen) in the Taito district of Tokyo is a public park and with more than 10 million visitors annually the most popular city park in Japan. It includes the area of the Kaneiji Temple, which was built there to symbolically protect Edo Castle, which is in the Boshin Civil war in 1868 was largely destroyed. Today's park is home to a variety of museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Natural Sciences, the National Museum of Western Art, and the Tokyo Prefecture Art Museum. The Ueno Zoo, the oldest animal park in Japan, is also located here. In the southern part of the park is the Shinobazu pond, which is based on Lake Biwa near Kyoto and in the middle of which is the Bentendo temple hall. The Kiyomizu Kannon Temple - also based on its model in Kyoto - and a Toshogu shrine dedicated to the Tokugawa clan were also built on the large area. At the same time, the Ueno Park with its more than 1000 cherry trees is a popular destination, especially in spring, to admire the cherry blossoms while doing a hanami and picnic under the trees.
The Koishikawa Botanical Garden is a botanical garden with an arboretum operated by the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science. They are located at 3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan, and open daily except Mondays; an admission fee is charged. [Wikipedia]