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10 Masterpieces You Can Only See in Tokyo

Imperial Palace | © mhiguera/Flickr
Imperial Palace | © mhiguera/Flickr
Tokyo is a beautiful city, in every sense of the word. From architectural marvels to exquisite antique art, here are ten masterpieces you can only find in Japan’s capital.

The Myth of Tomorrow by Taro Okamoto

Building
The Myth of Tomorrow by Taro Okamoto
The Myth of Tomorrow by Taro Okamoto | © yoppy/Flickr
Taro Okamoto‘s The Myth of Tomorrow is a haunting piece of art depicting the horrors of an atomic bombing. It’s also known as “The Lost Mural,” since it was missing for years somewhere in Mexico after the hotel that commissioned it went out of business. It was later sent back to Japan and is now installed in Shibuya Station.
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Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Shopping Mall
Entrance to Tokyu Plaza in Omo-Hara
Entrance to Tokyu Plaza in Omo-Hara
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Omohara for short) was remodeled in 2012. Architect Hiroshi Nakamura gave the place a makeover befitting the Jingumae crossing’s reputation as a fashion and culture hub, giving it a rooftop park and lining the entry stairwell with a cluster of artistically arranged mirrors.
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Sanja Matsuri

Shinto Shrine, Shrine
Sanja Matsuri
Sanja Matsuri | © Yoshikazu TAKADA/Flickr
The Sanja Matsuri (Three Shrine Festival) is the largest of Tokyo’s great Shinto shrine festivals. Around two million people attend the event, which is held in May each year. One of the highlights is the parade featuring the three mikoshi (portable shrine), from which the festival takes its name.
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Meiji-jingu Giant Torii

Shrine, Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark

Meiji-jingu Giant Torii

The giant torii gate that marks the initial entrance to Meiji Shrine may not be the usual shade of crimson, but it is the largest and one of the most impressive torii in all of Japan.

1-18-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Historical Landmark
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