Wonderful Japan – Tokyo

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Tokyo, formerly known as Edo, now officially known as Tokyo Metropolis, is the capital of Japan. It is also the busiest and largest city in Japan. Under Japanese law, Tokyo is designated as a to, meaning metropolis. This beautiful city is also the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the government. Tokyo has been the seat of government since 1603, when the city was turned into the headquarters of Shogun Tokugawa leyasu. A shogun was the military ruler of Japan. They were also the de facto rulers of the country in the name of the Emperor. It became the capital of the country in 1868 after Emperor Meiji moved his seat here. During that time, Edo was renamed Tokyo. Tokyo was also known as “Tokei.”

 

History

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Originally, Tokyo was a fishing village, known as Edo, guarded by the Edo clan. Later, in 1590, Shogun Tokugawa leyasu turned Edo into his base. In 1603, he was promoted as a shogun, and the town was transformed into the center of his military government. By the 18th century, Edo progressed into one of the biggest cities in the world with close to one million citizens. Although the Emperor lived in the imperial capital, known as Kyoto, Tokyo managed to rise into the de facto capital of Japan.

Also, during this period, the city of Tokyo enjoyed a long duration of peace, known as the Pax Tokugawa. To preserve that peace, Edo had a firm policy of seclusion, which helped to prolong the period of Pax Tokugawa. The absence of serious military threats and war allowed Edo to allocate the resources to rebuilding when natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis struck. One of the major disasters in the late Edo period was the 1855 Edo earthquake. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami, causing a death toll of between 7,000 and 10,000 people.

After about 263 years, the period of Pax Tokugawa came to an end, when the American Commodore, Matthew C. Perry, negotiated the opening of the Shimoda and Hakodate ports, which led to the inflation of goods. Due to the high expense, it triggered a public uproar. Citizens of Edo were extremely upset. Rebellious demonstrations took place, and supporters of the Meiji Emperor took advantage of the situation and managed to overthrow the last Tokugawa shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, in 1867.

Later, in 1869, the city was renamed Tokyo when the 17-year-old Emperor Meiji moved in. Tokyo was separated into two sections, Shitamachi and Yamanote. Tokyo was already the cultural and political center of the nation, and with the Emperor’s presence in the city, it became a de facto imperial capital. Where the Imperial Palace resides now was where the former Edo castle was located. On May 1, 1889 the city of Tokyo was established officially.

In 1944 and 1945, during World War Two, the bombing of Tokyo started and an estimated 75,000 to 200,000 civilians were killed and more than half of the city was destroyed. Between May 9 and 10 in 1945, close to 700,000 incendiary bombs were set off, causing the destruction of over 276,000 buildings and the death toll rose to 100,000 civilians. During these years, more than half of the population were killed; the population of Tokyo dropped from 6,700,000 to merely 2,800,000.

After the war, Tokyo was fully reconstructed. The 1964 Summer Olympics was held there. During the 1970s, Tokyo rose into one of the fastest-growing cities. Its commuter rail network and subway became the most hectic public transportation system in the world. The International Olympic Committee has chosen Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will make it the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games twice.

 

Location

Location of Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

Location of Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

The mainland section of Tokyo lies northwest of Tokyo Bay. The average elevation in Tokyo is about 40 metres. Chiba Prefecture borders it to the east, Yamanashi to the West, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north. Tokyo is further divided into 23 special wards. Tokyo is made up of 26 cities, 5 towns, and 8 villages, and each of these places has their respective local government.

The special wards of Tokyo are:

Adachi Arakawa
Bunkyo Chiyoda
Chuo Edogawa
Itabashi Katsushika
Kita Koto
Meguro Minato
Nakano Nerima
Ota Setagaya
Shibuya Shinagawa
Shinjuku Suginami
Sumida Taito
Toshima

Twenty-six cities lie within the western part of Tokyo:

Akiruno Akishima
Chofu Fuchu
Fussa Hachioji
Hamura Higashikurume
Higashimurayama Higashiyamato
Hino Inagi
Kiyose Kodaira
Koganei Kokubunji
Komae Kunitachi
Machida Mitaka
Musashimurayama Musashino
Nishitokyo Ome
Tachikawa Tama
Map of Tokyo, Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Tokyo, Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

Towards the far west of Tokyo is the Nishi-Tama district, and most places in this area are mountainous and unsuitable for urbanisation. The highest mountain in Tokyo is Mount Kumotori, standing at 2,017 metres high (6,617 feet); other mountains in Tokyo include Mount Takasu, Mount Odake, and Mount Mitake. Lake Okutama is Tokyo’s largest lake.

Tokyo also has numerous outlying islands. The Izu islands are a group of volcanic islands: Izu Oshima, Toshima, Nii-jima, Shikine-jima, Kozu-shima, Miyake-jima, Mikurajima, Hachijo-jima, and Aogashima. There are 37.8 million residents who reside within Tokyo and its special wards, making it the world’s largest urban area and agglomeration economy.

 

Weather

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The average temperature in Tokyo is 16 degrees Celsius, August being the hottest month and January the coldest. Tokyo has four distinct seasons: a mild spring and fall (autumn), a hot summer, and a winter with snowfall. The best time to visit Tokyo is during late spring (March to May) and late autumn (September to November), when there is little rainfall, skies are clear, and temperatures are moderate. It is also during these seasons that cherry blossoms and the beautiful hues of autumn leaves can be seen almost everywhere.

 

Culture

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The Japanese have one of the richest cultures around the world. Their distinctive Japanese arts and traditions cannot be underestimated. Within Tokyo, there are many museums, such as the Tokyo National Museum, which is the country’s largest museum featuring traditional Japanese art; the National Museum of Western Art and Ueno Zoo; National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation; Edo-Tokyo Museum and many more. Many celebrations take place all over Tokyo.

Events such as the Sanno at Hie Shrine, the Sanja at Asakusa Shrine, and the biennial Kanda Festivals are some of its major celebrations. Cuisine in Tokyo is internationally acclaimed. As of this day, Tokyo has been awarded 227 Michelin stars, making it the city with the most Michelin stars in the world.

 

Do’s and Don’ts

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DO’S

  • DO bow when people bow to you.
  • DO bow with your hands at your sides for men and boys, or with hands together in front of you for women and girls.
  • DO put your palms together and say “Itadakimasu” before eating. It is a polite way of expressing “Thank you for the meal I am about to receive.”
  • DO lift bowls of rice, noodles, and small plates off the table to make eating with chopsticks easier.
  • DO be adventurous with trying new kinds of food.
  • DO cover your mouth with your other hand when using a toothpick.
  • DO put your palms together and say “Gochiso sama deshita” after finishing a meal. It is a polite way of expressing “Thank you for all the effort in creating this feast”.
  • DO slurp noodles with broth, especially hot ones and those that are dipped in sauce.
  • DO say “Ojama shimasu” when entering a house which may be roughly translated as “I am going to disturb you.”
  • DO take your shoes off when entering a school, house, temple or shrine. If you see shoes at the entrance, take yours off too.

DON’TS

  • DON’T bow to children or after purchasing something at a store.
  • DON’T burp at the table. Unlike some Asian countries, burping is considered rude in Japan.
  • DON’T lift large plates off the table to eat out of them.
  • DON’T blow your nose at the table. Do it in the restroom.
  • DON’T over-slurp broth with every sip.
  • DON’T slurp noodles like spaghetti that do not have a broth or dipping sauce.
  • DON’T stab food with your chopsticks.
  • DON’T wave your chopsticks around as you talk.
  • DON’T tip. It can be insulting.

 

Facts on Tokyo

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1. World’s highest skywalk

The Tokyo Skytree is the highest free-standing tower, measured at 634 metres.

2. Largest metropolitan area

Tokyo is home to over 37 million residents.

3. City with the most Michelin Stars

Restaurants in Tokyo have been awarded a cumulative total of 227 Michelin stars: 14 restaurants have 3 stars; 53 restaurants have 2 stars; 160 restaurants have 1 star.

4. World’s largest fish market – Tsukiji

It also houses the world’s largest wholesale fish market. Fish from Tsukiji is shipped globally to restaurants all over the world. The main attraction here is the live tuna auction that takes place at 5am each morning.

5. Busiest station in the world- Shinjuku

An average of 3.64 million people pass by the cross section of Shinjuku each day.

 

Food

1. Sushi

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Sushi is undeniably one of Japan’s most popular cuisines that has spread all over the worldwide. It is made of vinegar-flavoured rice topped with either seafood or vegetables. Sushi is a traditional Japanese cuisine that can be found anywhere on the streets and alleys of Tokyo.

2. Soba

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Soba originated in the mid-Edo period and has risen to fame as a popular everyday dish. This noodle dish is made of buckwheat flour and is much touted for its health benefits. It can be eaten either hot or cold, and is often served with its special soy dipping sauce known as soba tsuyu.

3. Unagi (eel)

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Unagi is a common dish that can be found almost anywhere. Unagi is a freshwater eel and there are restaurants in Tokyo that specialise in the preparation of unagi. First, the fish is boiled and steamed, and later seasoned with its unique sauce before being grilled to bring out the flavour. It is served over plain white short-grain rice, or with noodles.

4. Chanko Nabe

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Chanko nabe is a specific type of dining within Japanese cuisine that developed from the diet of sumo wrestlers. High in protein, the food is designed to provide a lot of energy to these athletes whose nutritional intake is maximised to allow them to bulk up.

The best chanko nabe can be found in restaurants operated by former sumo wrestlers intimately familiar with the cuisine, and it is a Japanese hotpot comprising of mainly chicken or other meats like beef, and fresh vegetables. It is somewhat similar to the Chinese steamboat or hotpot but has its own unique Japanese twist.

5. Monja Yaki

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Monja yaki is made of flour batter, topped with shredded vegetables, especially lettuce, seafood and other meat, all cooked on a grill. It is normally eaten directly from the grill using a small spatula. The consistency of this dish is similar to melted cheese.

 

20 Great Places to Visit

 

1. Sensoji

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Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest and largest ancient Buddhist temple, located in Asakusa. It is a major attraction for visitors and even the Japanese themselves. It was built in 645 in dedication to the Bodhisattva Kanon, known as Guan Yin in China and Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig in Tibet.

According to legend, there were two brothers who went fishing and they accidentally fished a statue of Bodhisattva Kanon out of the Sumida River. They returned the statue to the river, but no matter how often they returned the statue, it would always come back to them. Later, Sensoji was built around the area for the goddess Kanon.

Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: April-September 6am – 5pm ; October-March 6:30am – 5pm
Website: http://www.senso-ji.jp/about/index_e.html

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How to get there

By train

  • From Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Asakusa Station
  • From Toei Subway Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station

 

Accommodation

1. Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Address: 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0032
Contact: +81 3-5806-3155
Website: http://asakusa.richmondhotel.jp/

2. APA Hotel Asakusa Kuramae
Address: 2-4-6 Komagata, Taito, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0043
Contact: +81 3-5806-2111
Website: https://goo.gl/Poj93r

 

2. Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Meiji Shrine was built in 1920 to commemorate Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. There are a couple of attractions in the shrine: the Torii (shrine archway), Temizuya (water well), the main shrine building, the Treasure House and the Inner Garden. The original shrine was destroyed during World War II but was later restored shortly after that. There were close to 100,000 trees planted within its perimeter during the shrine’s construction.

Born in 1852, Emperor Meiji was the first emperor to ascend to the throne after Japan’s feudal era came to an end, and when the emperor was restored to power, he was considered the first emperor of modern Japan. The Meiji shrine is near Harajuku and Yoyogi Stations.

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free ; Treasure House and Inner Garden, 500 yen per pax.
Opening hours: 5:45am – 4:30pm
Website: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/

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How to get there

By train

  • From Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Meiji Jingu Mae Station
  • From Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line to Meiji Jingu Mae Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Shinjuku
Contact: +81-3-3375-3211
Website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/en/

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com

 

3. Imperial Palace and East Garden

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Previously, it housed the Edo Castle; it is now the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is generally open to the public, although the palace buildings and inner gardens are only open to public on January 2nd (New Year’s Greetings) and December 23rd (Emperor’s birthday) each year. The former Edo Castle was the residence of Shogun Tokugawa and Emperor Meiji. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace, which is part of the inner palace, is open to the public all year round.

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda Chiyodaku Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours:

  • From March 1 to April 14 – 9am – 4:30pm (entry up to 4pm)
  • From April 15 to the end of August – 9am– 5pm (entry up to 4:30pm)
  • From September 1 to the end of October – 9am – 4:30pm (entry up to 4pm)
  • From November 1 to the end of February – 9am – 4pm (entry up to 3:30pm)

Website: http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/eindex.html

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, JR to Tokyo Station
  • Tokyo Metro Tozai, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, Hanzomon Line to Ōtemachi Station (exit C13a – closer to East Garden)
  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Nijubashi-mae Station (exit 6)
  • Tokyo Metro Tozai Line to Takebashi Station (exit 1a – closer to Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kita-hanebashi-mon Gate)

 

Accommodation

1. Tokyu Stay Suidobashi
Address: 1-1-12 Misaki-cho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, 101-0061
Contact: +81 3-3293-0109
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/SUI/

2.Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
Address: 23-1 Ichibancho, Chiyoda 102-0082, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3556-7111
Website: http://www.hotelmonterey.co.jp/en/htl/hanzomon/

 

4. Tsukiji Fish Market

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Tsukiji Fish Market is the world’s largest wholesale seafood market. There are over 400 types of seafood that can be found here. One of the main attractions of this market is the Tuna Auction. The auction starts around 5am daily, and tickets are only open to 120 visitors each day. To watch the Tuna Auction, you are advised to stay near the Ginza area and take a cab to the area as trains are not available at this hour.

Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours:

  • Outer Market varies by shop but typically 5am – 2pm
  • Wholesale Area after 9am
  • Tuna Auction 5:35am – 6:15am (restricted to 120 visitors per day)

Website: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Tsukiji Station
  • Toei Subway Oedo Line to Tsukijishijou-mae Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Ryumeikan
Address: 103-0028 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Yaesu 1-3-22, Japan
Contact: +81 3-3271-0971
Website: https://www.ryumeikan-tokyo.jp/english/

2. Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho
Address: 105-0013 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Hamamatsucho 1-8-5, Japan
Contact: +81 3-3432-2726
Website: https://www.mystays.com/en/hotel/tokyo/mystays-premier-hamamatsucho/

 

5. Tokyo Skytree

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Launched in May 2012, the Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower. It is the tallest building in Japan, standing at 634 metres in height. In the Sumida City ward, its two observation decks offer an amazing view over Tokyo. They stand at 350 metres and 450 metres, respectively.

There’s a huge shopping complex and an aquarium at the base of the tower. Within the tower, there is a souvenir shop and the Musashi Sky Restaurant on the middle floor. For tourists who have no fear of heights, you are advised to visit this beautifully structured tower.

Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Depend on the sites. Refer to official website.
Opening hours:

  • Observation Deck 8am – 10pm
  • Solamachi Shops 10am – 9pm
  • Solamachi Restaurants 11am – 11pm
  • Sumida Aquarium 9am – 9pm
  • Tenku Planetarium 11am – 9pm (Depend on the show schedule)

Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line & Toei Subway Asakusa Line to Oshiage Station
  • Tobu Skytree Line to Tokyo Skytree Station

 

Accommodation

1. Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda 100-8558, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3504-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/

2. Palace Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3211-5211
Website: http://en.palacehoteltokyo.com/

 

6. Tokyo Disneyland & Disneysea

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Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre theme park. It was opened in 1983 and was the first Disney theme park outside the United States. It is made of seven themed parks that feature seasonal parades and decorations. They are Adventureland, Critter Country, Westernland, Tomorrowland, World Bazaar, Fantasyland, and Toontown. Various exciting games and rides can be found here.

Tokyo Disneysea is the 4th most visited theme park around the world. It comprises seven theme parks, which are the Mystery Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Port Discovery, Mediterranean Harbour, Lost River Delta, and American Waterfront.

Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu 279-8511, Chiba Prefecture
Entrance fee: 1-Day Passport

  • Adult (18 and over) 6,900 yen
  • Junior (12-17) 6,000 yen
  • Child (4-11) 4,500 yen

Opening hours: Varies, check the official website
Website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/

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How to get there

By train

  • JR Keiyo Line to Maihama Station
  • For Tokyo DisneySEA, take Disney Resort Line from Maihama Station and get off at Tokyo DisneySEA station

 

Accommodation

1. Mitsui Garden Hotel Prana Tokyo Bay
Address: 6-2 Akemi, Urayasu 279-0014, Chiba Prefecture
Contact: +81 47-382-3331
Website: https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/prana-tokyobay/

2. Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay
Address: 1-8-2 Mihama, Urayasu 279-0011, Chiba Prefecture
Contact: +81 47-350-8111
Website: https://www.oriental-hotel.co.jp/en/

 

7. Ueno Zoo

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Founded in 1882, Ueno Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in Japan. Over the years, the zoo has expanded to a staggering 35.2 acres, providing a large and comfortable living environment for its animals. The zoo is a home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species and also provides visitors a fun learning experience in regards to its residents. Ueno Zoo has received a large number of its animals from abroad, including a giant panda named Ling Ling, who was brought over to Japan in 1972. After Ling Ling’s death in 2008, two other pandas named Shin Shin and Ri Ri then arrived at the zoo in 2011.

Within the zoo’s compound, there is also a five-storied pagoda and a tea ceremony house. The five-storied pagoda was built in 1631, then later rebuilt again after a fire destroyed the structure. Later in 1958, the owner gave the pagoda to Tokyo Metropolitan Government who later granted its management to Ueno Zoo.

The tea ceremony house was originally built in the 17th century to entertain shoguns and currently still stands on the zoo’s grounds.

Address: 9-83 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8711
Entrance fee:

  • 600 yen (adults 15-64 years old)
  • 300 yen (senior citizens)
  • 200 yen (children 12-14 years old)

Free entry on March 20 (Ueno Zoo Anniversary), May 4 (Midori no Hi) and October 1 (Tomin no Hi).
Opening hours: 9:30am – 5pm (last admission at 4pm). Hours are extended on special days. Closed on Monday, but open when Monday is a public holiday in Japan.
Website: https://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/ueno/index.html

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How to get there

  • Ueno Station on the Japan Rail Yamanote Line, Park Exit, 1 minute walk.
  • Ueno Station on the Ginza subway line, 5 minute walk.
  • Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Honsen line, 1 minute walk.
  • Uguisudani Station on the JR Yamanote line, behind the Tokyo National Museum, 1 minute walk.

 

Accommodation

1. Ueno Hotel
Address: 7-12-9 Ueno, Taito 110-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-6231-7610
Website: http://www.uenohotel.jp/en/

2. Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
Address: 3-19-7 Higashiueno, Taito 110-0015, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3839-1131
Website: https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/ueno/

 

8. Ginza

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Ginza is the most famous high-end dining, shopping, and entertainment district in Tokyo. Many branded shops like Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Bulgari and others can be found in the area. Most shops are open every day during the week. During afternoons on the weekend, the Chuo Dori street will be closed and turned into a pedestrian zone, which makes it easy and safe for visitors to walk on the streets.

Ginza is also known to have some of the world’s most expensive real estate. One square metre of the land in this district’s center can cost over ten million yen (about USD88,900).

Address: Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Most of the shops are open from 10am – 10pm daily
Website: http://www.ginza.jp/en/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Ginza & Hibiya Line to Ginza Station

 

Accommodation

1. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza
Address: 1-13-15 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5159-1380
Website: http://www.daiwaroynet.jp/english/ginza/

2. Tokyu Stay Ginza
Address: 4-10-5 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3541-0109
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/GZ/

 

9. Yasukuni Shrine

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Yasukuni Shrine was built in 1869 to commemorate individuals, especially soldiers, who have sacrificed their lives to fight for the Emperor of Japan. The name, origin, and date of death for each individual is recorded in written form. There is a poem composed by Emperor Meiji that reads:

I assure those of you who fought and died for your country that your names will live forever at this shrine in Musashino.

The poem was composed when the Emperor visited Tokyo Shokonsha for the first time on January 27, 1874. Every year, from July 13 to 16, the Mitaka Matsuri festival is held at Yasukuni Shrine. It is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan.

Address: 3-1-1 Kudankita Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 6am – 6pm daily
Website: http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/yushukan/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Tozai & Hanzomon Line to Kudanshita Station
  • Toei Subway Shinjuku Line to Kudanshita Station
  • JR Sobu Line to Ichigaya and Iidabashi stations

 

Accommodation

1. Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda 100-8558, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3504-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/

2. Palace Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3211-5211
Website: http://en.palacehoteltokyo.com/

 

10. Akihabara

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Akihabara is Tokyo’s largest electric town in Japan, selling various electronic appliances. Whatever you need, from household to gaming related items, you can definitely find them here. This town is also well known for its manga or anime goods, and thus has also come to be known as Anime Town. Hundreds of manga and anime stores can be found on every corner of the town. Various restaurants, cafes, and arcades are also available, making it possible for many people to spend the entire day there.

Address: Akihabara, Taito, Tokyo 110-0006, Japan
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Website: http://akiba.or.jp/english/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Akihabara Station
  • JR Yamanote, Sobu Line to Akihabara Station
  • Tsukuba Express to Akihabara Station

 

Accommodation

1. Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Address: 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0032 agoda
Contact: +81 3-5806-3155
Website: http://asakusa.richmondhotel.jp/

2. APA Hotel Asakusa Kuramae
Address: 2-4-6 Komagata, Taito, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0043 agoda
Contact: +81 3-5806-2111
Website: https://goo.gl/Poj93r

 

11. Kabukiza

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Kabukiza is located in Ginza. It is the primary theater in Tokyo that brings the traditional kabuki arts to life in the form of dramas. The reconstruction of the theater was completed in 2013.

A complete kabuki drama has three to four shows, either in the morning or evening, usually from 11am – 3:30pm or 4:30pm – 9pm. Foreigners are advised to rent a headset for English translations. Rather than the full kabuki performance, tickets are available for each single show. Arrive 30 minutes before the show starts.

Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Single act ticket, 1,200 yen – 1,400 yen
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Website: http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/eng/contents/theatre/kabukiza.html

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Higashi-Ginza Station
  • Toei Subway Asakusa Line to Higashi-Ginza Station

 

Accommodation

1. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza
Address: 1-13-15 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5159-1380
Website: http://www.daiwaroynet.jp/english/ginza/

2. Tokyu Stay Ginza
Address: 4-10-5 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3541-0109
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/GZ/

 

12. Shibuya Crossing

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The famous Shibuya Crossing has starred in numerous movies and photographs. Exactly like what is shown in the movies, hundreds of people pass by every minute, which is why it is the world’s most famous intersection.

Surrounding the area is clubs, bars, trendy shopping locations, and restaurants. When you get off at Shibuya station, all you have to do is follow the crowd, and they will bring you to the famous intersection. This is also a district famous among the younger generations. It is a shopping paradise for those who love to shop.

Address: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Nil
Website: https://en.japantravel.com/tokyo/shibuya-crossing/3016

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hanzomon & Ginza & Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya Station
  • JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station
  • Tokyu Toyoko Line to Shibuya Station
  • Keio Inogashira Line to Shibuya Station

 

Accommodation

1. Shibuya Tobu Hotel
Address: 3-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3476-0111
Website: http://shibuya-tobu-tokyo.hotel-rn.com/?lbl=ggl-rmk-ex

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com/

 

13. Hachiko Statue

Hachiko is the name of a dog of the Akita breed. His real-life story has touched the hearts of millions around the world.

A rare picture of Hachiko

A rare picture of Hachiko

The story started when a professor in University of Tokyo, named Hidesaburo Ueno, took in this golden-brown Akita and named him Hachiko. Since then, Hachiko would always greet his owner near the Shibuya Station at the end of each day. This continued until May 1925.

One day, Professor Ueno failed to return to the train station. He had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage while at work and passed away. The innocent Hachiko did not know about the passing of his beloved owner and he continued to wait at Shibuya Station until he finally passed away in 1935, 10 years after his owner’s death.

Hachiko was cremated and his ashes were buried in Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo, next to his beloved master.

Later, a bronze statue of Hachiko was built in front of the Shibuya Station to commemorate his faithfulness. His fur was preserved and mounted. It is now on display at the National Science Museum of Japan in Tokyo.

Address: 1 Dogenzaka | Shibuya Train Station, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Nil

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hanzomon & Ginza & Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya Station
  • JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station
  • Tokyu Toyoko Line to Shibuya Station
  • Keio Inogashira Line to Shibuya Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Shinjuku
Contact: +81-3-3375-3211
Website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/en/

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com

 

14. Harajuku

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Harajuku is a town between Shibuya and Shinjuku. It is famed for its Japanese youth culture and fashion. One of its most famous streets is Takeshita Street, which has hundreds of fashion shops. If you are planning a visit, be prepared for large crowds with various and unique clothing styles.

The most famous food in Harajuku is crepes; crepes of all sorts are sold along the streets of Takeshita. One of Tokyo’s major shrines, Meiji Jingu is located just around the corner.

Address: 1 Chome Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm

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How to get there

By train

  • JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station
  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda & Fukutoshin Line to Meijijingu-mae Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Shinjuku
Contact: +81-3-3375-3211
Website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/en/

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com

 

15. Sanrio Puroland

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Sanrio Puroland is a land of Hello Kitty, My Melody, and other Sanrio characters. If you are a fan of these characters, you definitely will not want to miss this destination.

After Disneyland, Sanrio Puroland is the second theme park in Japan that features fictional characters. It is an indoor theme park, offering varieties of live performances and attractions.

Address: 1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo
Entrance fee:

  • Adult 3,300 yen
  • Children (age 3-17) 2,500 yen

Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
Website: http://en.puroland.jp/

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How to get there

By train

  • Keio Line to Tama Center Station

 

Accommodation

1. Keio Plaza Hotel Tama
Address: 1-43 Ochiai, Tama 206-0033, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-374-0111
Website: http://www.keioplaza.com/tama/

2. Marroad Inn Tokyo
Address: 1-4-1 Wakamatsucho, Fuchu 183-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-369-1111
Website: http://www.marroad.jp/tokyo/eindex.htm

 

16. Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo

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The Pokémon Center sells only Pokémon goods, a heaven on earth for Pokémon lovers. Their wide range of original Pokémon goods is one reason the Pokémon Center is an exciting attraction for foreigners and Japanese alike. Various selections of goods from the smallest keychains to huge Pokémon displays are available for purchase here.

Address: Sunshine City alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line to Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi & Yurakucho & Fukutoshin Line to Ikebukuro Station

 

Accommodation

1. Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro
Address: 2-12-2 Ikebukuro, Toshima 171-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3984-1091
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/IKE/

2. Hotel New Star Ikebukuro
Address: 2-61-6 Ikebukuro, Toshima 171-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3989-0015
Website: https://www.star-hotel.co.jp/en/

 

17. Tokyo Dome City

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The Tokyo Dome City is located in Central Tokyo. It is a leisure complex comprising an amusement park, the LaQua spa, the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, and various restaurants and shops. Also known as Korakuen, the amusement complex was named after the former baseball stadium. It is one of the most famous attractions in Tokyo, as it is convenient for those planning a relaxing trip to Japan. Real hot spring pools, massage and beauty services, and saunas are available here.

Address: Koraku 1-3-61, Bunkyo 112-0004, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Website: http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/

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How to get there

By train

  • From Tokyo Station to Suidobashi Station
  • From Shinjuku Station to Suidobashi Station

 

Accommodation

1. Tokyo Dome Hotel
Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo 112-8562, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5805-2111
Website: https://www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp/e/

2. Forest Hongo
Address: 6-16-4 Hongo, Bunkyo 113-0033, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3813-4408
Website: http://www.forest-hongo.com/en/

 

18. Mount Takao

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Mount Takao is located outside the city center. It is one of the closest natural recreation areas around central Tokyo. It offers breathtaking scenery of the cities around the area. There is also a temple located towards the top part of the mountain. It is also a great spot for fellow hikers to get to the top of Mount Takao. It will take about 90 minutes by foot from the base. If you do not wish to walk, there is also a cable car and chair lift available.

Address: Mount Takao, Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844, Japan
Entrance fee:

  • Cable car, 480 yen (one way) and 930 yen (round trip)
  • Chair lift, 480 yen (one way) and 930 yen (round trip)
  • Monkey park, 420 yen
  • Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu, 1000 yen and 1200 yen during New Year holidays and special seasons)

Opening hours: 8am – 5:45pm
Website: http://www.takao599museum.jp/?lang=en

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How to get there

By train

  • From Shinjuku Station to Takao Station
  • Keio Railways to Takaosanguchi Station

 

Accommodation

1. The b hachioji
Address: 4-6-12 Myojincho, Hachioji 192-0046, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-646-0111
Website: http://hachioji.theb-hotels.com/en/

2. Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji
Address: 14-1 Asahicho, Hachioji 192-0083, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-656-3111
Website: http://www.keioplaza.com/hachioji/

 

19. National Museum of Nature and Science

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The National Museum of Nature and Science of Japan was launched in 1871. It is in Ueno Park in central Tokyo. Exhibitions, such as display of dinosaur skeletons, flora and fauna of Japan, the art of rice cultivation, and more, have been provided in the museum for fellow visitors who are fans of history. One of the most famous attractions of the museum is the mounted display of Hachiko, who waited loyally for the return of his dead master. The largest fragment of the Nantan meteorite that fell on China in the 16th century has also been placed in the museum.

Address: 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
Entrance fee: 620 yen for adults, free for children of age 7-12
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Website: http://www.kahaku.go.jp/english/

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How to get there

  • 5 minutes walk from JR Ueno Station
  • 10 minutes walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line Ueno Station
  • 10 minutes walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station

 

Accommodation

1. Ueno Hotel
Address: 7-12-9 Ueno, Taito 110-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-6231-7610
Website: http://www.uenohotel.jp/en/

2. Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
Address: 3-19-7 Higashiueno, Taito 110-0015, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3839-1131
Website: https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/ueno/

 

20. Sengakuji Temple

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Sengakuji is a temple located near Shinagawa Station in Tokyo, and it is famed for its graveyard where the “47 Ronin” (also known as the “master-less samurai from Ako”) were buried. Their story, often mistakenly believed to be a legend, is also known as the Ako Incident.

It centers on a group of samurai who were left without a master after their daimyo (feudal lord) known as Asano Naganori was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for attacking a court official named Kira Yoshinaka. After months of intense planning, the ronin eventually killed Kira to avenge their master. Due to committing the crime of murder, the 47 ronin were then also condemned to commit seppuku.

There is a museum that was built to commemorate the 47 ronin. December 14th marks the anniversary of the 47 ronin avenging their master. A festival is held every year on this date to commemorate the event. Their remarkable story gained popularity in Japanese culture as it embodies sacrifice, loyalty and honour, characteristics that are still valued within daily life in Japan.

Address: 2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato 108-0074, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 7am – 6pm

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How to get there

  • About 5 minutes away from Sengakuji Station
  • About 15-20 minutes awy from Shinagawa or Tamachi Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Patio Omori
Address: 3-33-3 Minami-Oi, Shinagawa 140-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3763-0211
Website: http://www.sunroute.jp/english/hotelinfo/tokyo_kanagawa/patioomori/

2. Hotel Mystays Gotanda
Address: 2-5-4 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa 141-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3449-4831
Website: https://www.mystays.com/en/hotel/tokyo/hotel-mystays-gotanda/

 

Travel Books

Below are some of the travel books you may find helpful if you are planning for a trip to Tokyo.

 

1. Lonely Planet Make My Day Tokyo (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Make My Day Tokyo is a unique guide that allows you to effortlessly plan your perfect day. Flip through the sections and mix and match your itinerary for morning, afternoon and evening. Start the day at Tokyo’s grand Shinto shrine Meiji-jingu, join the throng at Shibuya Crossing in the afternoon before exploring Shinjuku nightlife in the evening; all with your trusted travel companion. Planning your city adventure has never been so easy and fun.

 

2. Top 10 Tokyo (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Tokyo will lead you straight to the very best this city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for the things not to miss at the Top 10 sights or want to find the best nightspots, this guide is the perfect pocket-sized companion. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists — from the Top 10 museums to the Top 10 events and festivals. There’s even a list of the Top 10 things to avoid. The guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars, and places to shop. You’ll find the insider knowledge every visitor needs to effortlessly explore every corner of the city with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Tokyo and its free pull-out map.

 
Sources:

  • www.wikipedia.com
  • http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e623.html
  • www.tripadvisor.com
  • www.lonelyplanet.com

 
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  1. S.Prathap on Jul 16, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Tokyo is home to over 37 million residents.There are many tourist spot and the major attraction for visitor and even Japanese themselves is Sensoji.Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest and largest ancient Buddhist temple.
    Other interesting places to visit include the Meiji Shrine,Tokyo Disneyland and Mount Takao .Tokyo is a place that one should visit.Thank you for sharing this article.

  2. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

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  3. Irene Lim on Sep 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    This article certainly has comprehensive information for a tourist visiting Tokyo.

    If you are visiting Tokyo do not miss the Great Kamakura Buddha, a bronze Amitabha Buddha statue which is the 2nd tallest Buddha statue in Japan located at located at the Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. The bronze statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, according to temple records. JR Yokosuka Line connects Tokyo Station directly with Kamakura Station to the great Kamakura Buddha. The one way trip takes just under an hour .

    Also do make time to experience the traditional Japanese hot spring and spa in Tokyo area. Visiting Japan will never be complete without a dip in a hot spring or onsen which has numerous health benefits.

  4. Anne Ong on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Beautiful Tokyo. I have always heard feedback that Tokyo is a beautiful country to visit. I love the scenery. Some of the places i find interesting are….3. Imperial Palace and East Garden. 18. Mount Takao. 2. Meiji Jingu Shrine. 17. Tokyo Dome City. 20. Sengakuji Temple. 6. Tokyo Disneyland & Disneysea. Thank you Beatrix for this wonderful article. Keep up the good work!??

  5. Lim Han Nee on Sep 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Tokyo is a beautiful city and also the most populous metropolitan area in the world. However, the most impressive and enduring aspect of Tokyo is its irrepressibility and resilience. Although more than half the city was destroyed in WW II, and an estimated 75000 to 200000 civilians were destroyed, yet, it rose up again so siwftly. As testimony to this, the 1964 Summer Olympics was held in Tokyo! In 2020 the second Summer Olympics will be held there again, making it the first Asian country to host the Olympic Games twice.

    Tokyo is an amazing city with a unique blend of the ancient, as in the ancient shrines and temples, and the modern, as in the Ginza shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Tokyo Skytree.The oldest Buddhist temple here is the Sensoji, built in 645, a very well-visited temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon. The oldest zoo is the Ueno Zoo, with over 3000 animals from 400 different species. There is a 17th Century teahouse and a 5 storey Pagoda in the zoo grounds!

    Other interesting places to visit include the Meiji Shrine and its lovely garden, the Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Seas – a theme park occupying 115 acres of land,the famous Ginza shopping, dining and entertainment district , Mount Takao , a beautiful natural spot from which one can get breathtaking views of the cities around.

    Yes, Tokyo is a place to visit where the new and the old exist side by side and are equally fascinating. A must not miss tourist spot is where the statue of the dog,Hachiko is, a symbol of faithfulness, as the true touching story of this beloved dog reveals .

  6. Cc on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Tokyo is a nice place and full of history and culture. Did not because unable to bare the pain when looking at fish being slaughtered a live.
    Tokyo is a place that one should visit. There’s another pond ,Shinobazu Pond, Ueno section of Taitō in Tokyo full of lotus during summer.

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  7. wan wai meng on Sep 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Tokyo has many interesting spots for people to be entertained and for fashion and modern living. From the tomb of the 47 ronins, masterless samuari, honour is so important for the Japanese psyche and that honour drives the Japanese to excel in all the things that they set out to accomplish.

    I would like to visit Hachiko’s memorial, a dog who waited daily for its master although the master had already passed away.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-in-danger-please-help-sue.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:48 PM
    nteresting read …..after reading this blog had me realised animals do reincarnate after all. Animals can become human again and vice versa after death. Just like humans, animals reincarnate as part of our soul family groups. This means the animals in our life now, have very likely been in our life before, as an animal. The true life story of a Thai boy with a snake past life tells all . The Thai boy Dalawong as a wonder spirit recognizes the cobra’s attacker is a very good life evidence of the existence of reincarnation.
    Reading the topic of telepathy had me understand slightly better . According to researchers, telepathy is a non-verbal way to communicate with others. With telepathy, people communicate entirely in the mind without saying anything. Interesting. Do hope I could telepathy with my doggie.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting blog.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:59 PM
    Thanks for sharing all this creative special thoughts for readers to share with everyone . Simple thoughts yet easy understandable , meaningful tells us a thousand words of reality. Many will surly benefits it , reading those thoughts. Everyone has the right to practice his or her own religion, or rather no religion at all. Everyone should be supportive of religious freedom because religion is uniquely valuable to society. No one should ever suffer, be humiliated, assaulted, be segregated all because of their faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/very-special-thoughts-to-share.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:56 PM
    As the sun rose over the ancient town, Dharmakaya Ceitiya, Thailand, a sea of saffron and maroon-robed monks assembled in an area the size of a football field. Could not have imagined 30,000 ordained as monks in one go that’s rejoicing. Thailand is the Land of Dharma where the Buddhism has been established since thousands years ago. Buddha Dharma teachings have been infiltrated in the daily life of Thai people. The Thai Buddhist cultures are unique and beautiful and their country are known as “the Land of Smile”. Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand and plays a key role in many aspects of Thai culture. For many Thai people, Buddhism is considered a philosophy for how to live one’s life and numerous Buddhist principles. Buddhism is a key component to the identities of many Thais. Many beautiful Buddhist temples and golden statues could be a common sights all over. Thai Buddhism has influenced society for a long time that has contributed to Thai people being generally known as kind, and compassionate.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Looking at those rare pictures tells all…..simple amazing able to see it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/30000-people-ordained-as-monks.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:53 PM
    To live in the mountains was always Tsem Rinpoche’s dream. A quiet place called home with greenery surrounding. Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery.The mountains give us time to take a moment to be in awe of the natural beauty of the world. It’s wonderful for everyone dream to those who love escaping the rush and pollution of modern life and altering our perspective. The mountains are an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. But its exception for Rinpoche as in this blog somewhere in Thailand Rinpoche was there. Living on raft house surrounding by water watching sunrise and sunset . A beautiful , calm, solitude, quiet environment indeed. I would love these environment as well as mother nature is intoxicating.
    Rinpoche somehow founded an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. A place call home to many of us that’s Kechara Forest retreat at Bentong. A unique examples of beauty, peace, austerity, spirituality, eco-yoga and creativity. A must visit to those who loves mother nature.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/an-exception.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 11. 2022 03:19 PM
    Reading these inspiring quotes again to refresh myself of the Buddha teachings. If we understand, it will change our life in long run. Change is never painful, only resistance to change ourselves is painful. By refusing to accept this change, we make it worse because we’re fighting against it, against the flow of life. One moment can change a day, one day can change a life. We should be open to change and embrace changes. By accepting the fact that nothing in the universe is permanent . We learn and practice makes improvement in our life and be thankful always.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/25-quotes-from-buddha-that-will-change-your-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 11. 2022 03:16 PM
    PURE DEMOCRACY is democracy in which the power is exercised directly by the people rather than through representatives. Its much different in this case. Reading this article and all comments tells us a clear pictures what had actually happened in this Dorje Shugden controversy. In democratic countries, the government does not interfere with religion.People have the freedom to practise any religion they want. Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years and it will continue as practitioners could see and understand the benefits of relying on the practice. Everyone of us should given the freedom of religious belief. Peace and harmony can only be maintain through understanding and interaction or maybe a dialogue between parties involved . I am sure Dorje Shugden practitioners and everyone in the communities can live in harmony. Be to fair the right to freedom of belief , interviews on both sides instead just listening one sided. No one should ever suffer, be segregated, assaulted, hurt, degraded, hated and biased for their religious beliefs. Once for all these controversy should be solved for the sake of peace and harmony. Thanks Justin Whitaker for speaking up and standing up for what you believe in for readers to have a better understanding rather then reading what Reuters had published.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/reuters-investigation-on-dorje-shugden-inaccurate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:09 PM
    Its sad how those Dorje Shugden practitioners had suffered and life is tough for them. Could’nt imagine not allow to enter premises such as hospitals for treatment, schools for education , securing a government job and so forth. Our very own Kecharian had even denied hotel rooms just because we practice it. This controversy had been going on for too long , hopefully it will dissolve soon with H h Dalai Lama saying we can practice it . All can live happily, no discrimination, with peace and harmony then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. Of course a hand of applauds to those kecharian who have been working hard to collect all the evidence of the ban against Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/why-cant-the-dalai-lama-bind-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:04 PM
    A beneficial practice to do in our daily Sadhana which I truly love it. I have been doing this Kawang practice daily without miss. It helps to clear our obstacles and purify our karma with the correct visualization. By purifying our karmas as our merits increase as well. When done consistently, kawang practice will remove obstacles that threaten our Dharma practice. It also create conducive conditions both externally as material necessities and physical health, and internally within our mind. Amazing benefits indeed one should not miss. All thanks to Rinpoche to be here in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this post for readers to know better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:01 PM
    A précised sharing by Rinpoche regarding the banning of the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden by Tibetan Leadership. Reading and watching those videos will explain all about the ban controversy. Many highly attained Lamas had for the last 400 years, has been relying on Dorje Shugden. But as claim by the Tibetan leadership the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden is evil spirit and a minor practice. They claimed that whoever practice Dorje Shugden will to the three lower realms. All these were not true just an excuse to worry their community into giving up the Dorje Shugden practice. There were many incarnations of Lamas coming back again and again. Yet the Tibetan leadership keeps recognizing the reincarnations of lamas who engaged in the practice of Dorje Shugden. They said those Masters would take rebirth in the three lower realms. Not logic at all. As in this article one could read more prominent Dorje Shugden practitioners of the last 400 years are back again. Interesting read one should not miss.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dorje-shugden-people-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 12:59 PM
    We are not alone after-all. Spirits or unseen beings is everywhere. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eyes. A majority of people are believers in the existence of some kind of spiritual being. I do believe they do exist. Experiencing their existing in our sleep is scary some sort what happened to Pastor David. Many of us usually experience of feeling like we being touched or feeling pressure on their chest. It’s like something or someone is holding them down. Interesting read this paranormal experienced by Pastor David.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kim for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/tsem-paranormal-tv/david-lai.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 years ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    4 years ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    4 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    4 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    4 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    4 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    4 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    4 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    4 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    5 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    5 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    5 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    5 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    5 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    5 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    5 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    5 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Look here, Smile! 1, 2, 3.... chik chak. Thank you everyone. That's our picture for the Dorje Shugden puja and see you all next Saturday @ 3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta.
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Look here, Smile! 1, 2, 3.... chik chak. Thank you everyone. That's our picture for the Dorje Shugden puja and see you all next Saturday @ 3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta.
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This is little about me and what about you?
Week after week, Penang members come together to do the Dorje Shugden puja - without fail. Come to get your blessings and obstacles cleared by joining us at Penang Chapel, every Saturday, 3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang.
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Week after week, Penang members come together to do the Dorje Shugden puja - without fail. Come to get your blessings and obstacles cleared by joining us at Penang Chapel, every Saturday, 3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang.
Sumptuously decorated food offerings to Rinpoche and Buddhas, thanks to Siew Hong and KS Tang during Penang weekly DS puja on 22/10/2022 ~ by Jacinta.
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Sumptuously decorated food offerings to Rinpoche and Buddhas, thanks to Siew Hong and KS Tang during Penang weekly DS puja on 22/10/2022 ~ by Jacinta.
Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
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Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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