With a current population of some 12 million, Tokyo is by far the largest city in 21st century Japan and one of the charms of Tokyo is to be found in the combination of the traditional and historical sites sitting side by side amidst the ultramodern urban landscape.
To that end, there are many places in Tokyo with their own unique character: the Shitamachi (older and more traditional) districts in and around Asakusa and Ueno. The shopping zones of Ginza, Aoyama, Shinjuku and Shibuya and of course other well known areas for visitors to shop or eat till they drop such as Nihombashi, Akihabara, Odaiba, Harajuku, Roppongi and Ikebukuro. For visitors and inhabitants, Tokyo has something for everyone.
- Around Setagaya 1-chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
- December 15 (Sun)-16 (Mon), 2013
Setagaya Boro-ichi Market is one of the most famous and traditional events in Setagaya with a history stretching back more than 400 years. The origin of the event is a market where people gathered to exchange old clothes, tools (boro in Japanese), and agricultural products. In the modern-day Boro-ichi Market, about 700 stalls are lined along Boro-ichi Street (which is also the location of the Daikan-yashiki mansion, an important cultural asset), selling antiques, daily commodities, old books and used game software. This event attracts many people every year.
- Marunouchi Naka-dori Street, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- October 1 (Tue), 2013-February 16 (Sun), 2014
About 240 trees along the 1.2-km Marunouchi Naka-dori Street from Otemachi to Yurakucho are illuminated by about 1,040,000 champagne-gold LED bulbs. This particular hue is intended as an original color of Marunouchi and illuminates the street in an elegant manner. These lights use 65% less power than conventional lights. Bathed in eco-friendly light, Marunouchi offers an enchanting place for strolling around at night.
http://www.marunouchi.com/event/detail/1502 (Japanese version only)
- Rikugien Gardens, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
- November 22 (Fri)-December 8 (Sun), 2013
Rikugien is one of well-known daimyo landscape gardens, which were made by feudal loads during the Edo period (1603-1867). With 6,020 trees, the garden is famous for beautiful scenery of autumn leaves and the garden is open till 9 p.m. during this time in autumn. Trees are lit up and the view of leaves is splendid. You can enjoy the red leaves lit by the sunset and also those illuminated by lights when you visit from late in the afternoon.
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