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Best things to do in Honshu

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Garden
“Shinjuku Gyoen, located in the middle of the city, allows you to feel “Japanese” in Tokyo. Shinjuku Gyoen was opened in 1906 on the land where Takato (currently, Ina City, Nagano Prefecture) owner and Mr. Naito had a mansion in the Edo period. Opened to the public in 1949. Every year at the beginning of April, the “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” hosted by the Prime Minister is held. ”
366 locals recommend
Theme Park
“This extremely popular theme park is equivalent to the Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando, and features shows, rides and restaurants based on famous movie themes, like Jaws, Back to the Future and Terminator.”
306 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centrepiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with the aquarium is located at its base.”
287 locals recommend
Castle
“Osaka castle was built as a display of power by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after he achived his unifying Japan. It takes 3years by 100,000 workers. It was destroyed in 1615 and built as replica.”
336 locals recommend
Premise
“Bearing a significant resemblance to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this bright orange tall radio tower was built in 1958 to symbolize the country's recovery after the destruction of World War Two. Rising up to 333 meters, Tokyo Tower used to be the tallest tower in Japan until the completion of Tokyo Skytree in 2012. You can choose to take the elevator or walk up 600 steps to the main deck, located 150 meters above the ground. If you are lucky, on sunny days you can even catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. If you are not afraid of heights, try standing on the glass floor sections and look directly down to the ground—almost 145 meters under your feet. ”
179 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Nijo Castle (二条城) is world heritage. It was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 as his Kyoto residence. In the grand chamber of this historic castle, the last shogun Yoshinobu announced “Taisei Hokan, or the return of government power to the emperor just before the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The Ninomaru Palace in the castle compound is famous for its floors that give a squeaky sound just like a nightingale’s song. The palace is also well-known for its strolling-style garden with a pond containing three miniature “islands.””
191 locals recommend
Zoo
“You can see many kinds of animals in the zoo located in the middle of the city. The Tennoji Zoo was opened on January 1, 1915. It celebrated the 100th anniversary from the opening in 2015 and is currently known as the third oldest zoo in Japan. The zoo has about 1,000 animals of about 200 species in an approximately 11 hectare site and attracts many visitors as an urban oasis.”
183 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Sensoji is perhaps the most famous and photographed of Tokyo's temples. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in the capital, and the five-story pagoda, trails of incense and vast eaves will take you back to a Tokyo of time gone by. The approach to Sensoji, known as Nakamise Dori, is lined with about a hundred shops selling crafts, souvenirs and plenty of sweet and savory snacks. Throughout the year you can come across seasonal events held on the temple grounds. Some of the most popular include Asakusa-jinja Shrine’s Sanja Festival collaboration event in May, the hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) market in July and the photogenic hagoita decorative paddle market in December.”
244 locals recommend
Park
“Yoyogi Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. In spring, thousands of people visit the park to enjoy the cherry blossom during hanami. Access: Nippori stn(JR Yamanote line)--Harajuku stn.”
234 locals recommend
Food
“Kuromon market is good place for buying, eating fresh fish for walking around! ”
257 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The rooftop is nice and the observatory floor always has a cool art exhibit for display; however it is overrated. The high-rise terrace offers a better atmosphere than the top floor and you don't have to pay !”
282 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Japanese people love Disney land,too!!You can see Diseny characters and enjoy fireworks at night.”
90 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A shopping mall with a very unique design. When you visit at night you will be amazed by the mysterious building. A popular spot in Namba where many shops and restaurants enter.”
183 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Golden Temple. This is a famous symbol of Kyoto. You must see the beauty of the Golden temple. Here is a tip. I would like you to compare with the ​Silver Temple. Which temple do you like the most? ”
142 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Shinsekai is a colorful area to the west of Tennoji Park packed with cheap shops and eateries and best known for its iconic Tsutenkaku Tower. The History of Shinsekai Shinsekai was designed as an entertainment district in the early 20th century, and originally modelled after the cities of New York and Paris. Opened in 1912, “Shinsekai” literally means “New World” and because of its modern image the area quickly became a popular tourist attraction.”
224 locals recommend
Shrine
“Meiji Shrine, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Getting There By Train: Tokyo Yamanote Line - Harajuku Station Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Fee: Meiji Shrine is free. Treasure House and Inner Garden costs 500 yen each. Hours: From sunrise to sunset. For New Years eve, it specially opens for all night for Hatsumode. Treasure House and Inner Garden is open 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.”
222 locals recommend