Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace in Kyoto served as the emperors’ residence during the Edo Period until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

It is not possible to enter the buildings, but the palace grounds can be visited on a guided tour (English tours are available). Tours take around an hour and are free, but it is

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Skytree Views

Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting tower and the tallest structure in Japan.

Conveniently located within walking distance from Asakusa, it is also easily reached by train (Tokyo Skytree or Oshiage stations). With a shopping mall and restaurants at its base, the tower’s biggest draws are undoubtedly the observation decks at 350 and 450 meters,

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The Rabbits of Okunoshima

Okunoshima is a little island in the Seto Inland Sea. During WWII, the island was home to a poison gas factory. Today, countless semi-wild rabbits have turned the formerly morbid place into a tourist attraction for children and animal lovers. The rabbits, which are said to be the descendants of freed test bunnies (although that

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Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri

Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri is one of Japan’s most important festivals. Dating back to the year 869, it is celebrated each July in the streets of downtown Kyoto.

The nights leading up to the big parades of giant floats on July 17 and 24, food stalls line the streets around Shijo and Karasuma Dori, selling

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