Tokyo, which is not only Japan's capital but also the center of its culture and information, has many spots that are perfect to visit during the weekend and on holidays. This article introduces seven of the most popular spots in Tokyo, taken from a ranking list by the online entertainment news site, Walkerplus (based on data from May 1, 2018).
No. 1: Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
This is a new type of entertainment facility within Shinagawa Prince Hotel that goes beyond an aquarium. They exhibit marine life using sounds, lighting, and videos.
The fish tank with a touch panel here is the first in the world. You can touch it to bring up information about fish or to look for a specific fish through the leaves projected on the panel. It provides an endless amount of amusement.
No. 2: TeNQ Space Museum
This is an entertainment museum for enjoying space from a variety of perspectives. It operates under the theme of "Be Inspired by Space". There are nine areas, starting with the entrance where books and models are displayed.
The highlight is Theater Sora, which projects space in super-high 4K video. The theater looks like a hole with a diameter of 11m that you look into from above. The video is projected right up to your feet, so you can feel as if you are suspended in space.
No. 3: Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
This is a science museum where you can learn about new things from the 21st century. There is a permanent exhibit of the latest science and technology that is being updated constantly, as well as temporary exhibits. There is also a spherical theater called Dome Theater GAIA, where you can enjoy a 3D planetarium.
No. 4: Mitsui Outlet Park TAMA MINAMI OSAWA
This is an outlet mall that’s two minutes on foot from Minami-osawa Station on the Keio Line. It has a variety of stores that sell daily necessities, such as supermarkets and pet shops. This two-story building designed in the image of Provence in southern France consists of the following sections: Factory Outlets, Factory Outlets “Villa”, and Markets &Restaurants. In total, it has over 100 stores.
No. 5: J-WORLD TOKYO
This is the world's first indoor theme park where you can play in the universe of JUMP anime (Japanese cartoons). There are attractions that let you immerse yourself in the world of various anime like Dragon Ball, as well as other great spots like the food court, J-WORLD KITCHEN, which serves up a menu based on anime characters.
No. 6: Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest
This is a theme park where you can taste and compare fantastic sweets made by famous pastry chefs.
Enjoy the sweets you purchased in a dining area on site or take them home. There is also a Sweets Select Zone where you can purchase baking ingredients and chocolates for gifts.
No. 7: Toshimaen
This is an amusement park with more than 30 rides and attractions, such as the thrilling jet coaster, Cyclone, and giant pirate boat, Flying Pirates. In addition, a pool zone with six pools – including the world's first flowing pool and Japan's first giant water slide – will open in the summer.
These spots are followed by Showa Kinen Park in eighth place, Tokyo Joypolis in ninth place, and the National Museum of Nature and Science in tenth place.
Some of the spots introduced in this article have exhibitions and attractions that change depending on the season, so if you find a place you like, it's worth going back multiple times.
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.14.2018]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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