Tokyo tower is the tallest man-made structure in Japan with a design based on the eiffel tower. I had always wanted to see the eiffel tower, but since that ain’t happening anytime soon, this was a really nice consolation. The Tokyo tower is not as high as the Tokyo Sky Tree but I love it so much. It is very similar to the Eiffel Tower in design. In the night the 180 lights make Tokyo Tower an attractive display in Tokyo’s evening sky. It is nicely lit up at night with it’s red colour standing out. It’s definitely worth a visit. The lighting of the tower was fantastic.
Tokyo Tower was the main broadcasting and communication tower of Japan from 1958 to 2012 (yes, 54 years!) before Tokyo Sky Tree was built. Despite its 333m height, it cannot provide clear signals to TV and radio network these days due to the skyscrapers around the area (before, absolutely yes).
The experience was also a memorable one and it reminded me of the time I went up to the Taipei 101 and Macau Tower. This classic spot offers a 360-degree panorama of the Tokyo night view. The Main Observatory is located 150 meters above ground level, and the Special Observatory 250 meters. Enjoying a panoramic view of a city should always be part of an itinerary when travelling to some place new.
Magical Surprise With Hayao Miyazaki Clock At Nippon Television Tower In Tokyo, Japan 东京日本电视台塔, 遊宫崎骏大时计
If you are in Tokyo or about to visit Tokyo, you might be a little tired of only hearing about historical tourist spots like temples and shrines and famous shopping areas. If you want to try something a little different (that you don't have to pay for), you can try visiting a Japanese TV station, i.e the Nippon Television Tower. The NTV building has a funky clock motif on its exterior, designed by anime movie director Hayao Miyazaki. This is a cannot miss big clock (a glockenspiel as it has mechanical animations) in Tokyo. It is also the largest animated clock in the world. The attention to detail on the clock is amazing. The copper clock springs to life every few hours, playing music and a special clockwork sequence. Clockwork people appear out of doors and get to work with hammering anvils and such.
When I was strolling along Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, Japan, I caught sight of a life-size bronze cupid sculpture looking around the corner of a building for 'prey'. Peeking around the corner of a jewelry store in the Ginza shopping and entertainment district is a bare-bottomed bronze cupid, armed with an arrow of love. The cupid standing on the corner of the Tenshodo building (watch and jewellery retailer) that intrigues all who pass by.
Sometimes during travels on many unexpected occasions, interesting photo opportunities do crop up. It is precisely for these unplanned occasions that having a camera on-hand and ready, really pays off. With the advent of smart phones, having a camera on-hand and ready at all times has become more of a norm rather than the exception.
I was fortunate enough to visit Tokyo recently and I was totally blown away by the beauty of Tokyo’s cherry blossoms! In Tokyo, cherry blossom season usually takes place at the start of April. The cherry blossoms period really takes the beauty of Tokyo to the next level.
Flower viewing is a tradition that goes back more than a 1,000 years in Japan or even earlier. The flowers’ short beautiful lives – they only bloom for about two weeks – became a symbol of human life too. In short, celebrate life because it doesn’t last long and when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Prior to my Japan trip, I had Ueno Park listed down as one of the must-go places in Tokyo especially after reading about how it is one of Tokyo's most popular and lively cherry blossom spots. There are so many different types of cherry blossom trees in many different areas, so Ueno Park is a must visit if you are in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season.
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