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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    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


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    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
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    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

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    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:16 PM
    Sad to see those homeless people and now with the pandemic , it is even more . Thousands of homeless people were housed in temporary shelters during Malaysia’s COVID-19 lockdown . We have to face and accept them they exist every where. Its true that the homeless and the people living on the streets, and many off them much as the thought might create discomfort and uneasiness among many of us. Occasionally, we might come across one sleeping on the pavement, smelly, begging, sitting on pavements with a vacant look in their eyes, walking with a sack and on the lookout for foods. Many have returned to the streets and are now living hand-to-mouth….
    H. E Tsem Rinpoche knows how it is to be homeless as he had experienced homelessness while teenager back in US. Tsem Rinpoche then set up Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute warmed foods from 15 packets to thousands . With many volunteers helping up during the distribution in downtown Kuala Lumpur . Not only serves foods , giving free hair cuts and KSK’s volunteer doctors provide free medical check ups, wound dressings. These are some of the services provided. KSK team has done a wonderful jobs. The homeless deserves a much more caring society. Thanks to KSK team and volunteers , keep it up.
    Thank you Rinpoche and and Pastor Henry for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/homelessness-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:13 PM
    Colorado, a western U.S. state, has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains . Noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, and so forth . Beautiful place that piques the imagination and inspires the soul with its dramatic landscape and natural beauty . Well it said to be nothing less than stunning, with a diversity that has attracted thousand locals and tourist. An unbeatable destination with natural beauty will truly offers u for everyone.
    I have not been to Colorado or any US states before but reading this post I can imagine the beauty of this place. A perfect environment for me is somewhere quiet far away from a busy place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-25-mountain-towns-in-colorado.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:11 PM
    The sacred and magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan,at 5596 meters high is a famous snow mountain in China. It a tourist place for sightseeing, climbing, hiking, as it is covered by snow all year round. Having two new dharma centre in Yunnan province built has proven the growth of Dorje Shugden’s practice around the world. The first is a Dorje Shugden stupa in the Jade Dragon (Yulong) Snow Mountain area . The second is the rebuilding of Chosang Temple in Shangri-la. Looking at those pictures is a blessing , these temples at the snow- capped mountains will definitely benefits many and many more to come. I have been to Yunnan the famous snow mountains but not been to these 2 temples as mentioned in this post. It was a very nice challenging to go up the Jade Dragon Snow mountain. I did enjoyed a nice and mysterious view anyways. Loved to visit Yunnan again if given a chance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/two-holy-places-in-yunnan-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 17. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing………talented Korean artist painter An Jung-hwan creates realistic paintings that look like portals into vivid landscapes. His painstakingly meticulous technique simply amazing as perfect as a photograph . Each nature scene is so enticing in its clarity, he spends numerous weeks and countless hours working on a single painting. His stunning landscape paintings have been exhibited throughout Korea and Asia. He did held several solo exhibitions in Korea. Looking at those paintings in this post tells all…..so realistic. It could not see the difference whether its real or just paintings. Loves all his paintings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a GREAT artist.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/amazing-artist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 17. 2021 03:58 PM
    Unsung Hero of a Kenyan famer Patrick Mwalua who goes all the way out to save wild animals after witnessing a thirsty buffalo sniffing at an empty water hole during the drought. Since then he decided that he use his evenings to bring water to the animals to prevent them from going into the villages in search of water. The Kenyan hero have been supplying drinking water to animals. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua known to many as the Waterman of Tsavo. He gained admiration over his passion to save the ecosystem by supplying clean drinking water at the Tsavo West National Park when the country was reeling from a prolonged dry spell. He found a cause that is more meaningful , giving new meaning to nature conservation. Inspiring indeed what he did is truly amazing travelling miles just to bring water to wild animals. Wish there were more like people Mwalua doing a good job saving animals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/he-is-super-compassionate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:59 PM
    Tunnels are echoey, dark and often damp are where the perfect places for ghostly encounters. That’s why so many tunnels are said to be haunted. They’re more than a little creepy as they are mostly abandoned railway tunnel with histories as former dwellings, burial grounds and so forth.
    Interesting to know all about those most haunted rather creepy tunnels across the globe. Wow ….it never come across me that there so many of them . Reading through these post and seeing those creepy pictures tells all some still continue to echo today. The legend behind this haunting of each tunnel really will scare people away yet many tunnel still carries trains today. Many reports said that strange lights, ghostly appearances and, most often, groans of agony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting read.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creepy-tunnels-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:56 PM
    Tsunmo Tsel Monastery was once a summer residence for Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng. Tsunmo Tsel is a Gelup monastery that was founded by Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen in 1420 in central Tibet. Interesting history of this Gelup monastery , located in Tsunmo Tsel village, Tibet where Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s body was placed in a stupa. It’s a beautiful Stupa and so blessed able to see it during my trip back in 2019. It seems that during renovations when his body was removed from the stupa, a fragrant scent permeated through the entire place. Well its a sign of his pure moral discipline being a close disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. He was well-known for holding his vows . Interest read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/historic-tsunmo-tsel-monastery-with-the-body-of-duldzin-drakpa-gyaltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:54 PM
    Interesting read of this Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery with an interesting legend behind it. All about a wealthy Han family having a daughter named Qiaoyun. She was considered to be as the emanation of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy . As a young age, Qiaoyun was already inclined towards Buddhism, refusing arranged marriage as her interest is in Buddhism. Her life story tells all how she managed to save many lives in the village even before she was ordained a nun. Great explanation of the significance of fragrant scent in Buddhism and sharing of the 33 manifestations of Guan Yin . Loved those pictures of Quan Yin , beautiful indeed and seeing it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/xiangshui-perfume-nunnery-%e9%be%99%e5%8f%a3%e5%8d%97%e5%b1%b1%e9%a6%99%e6%b0%b4%e5%ba%b5.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 15. 2021 04:20 PM
    Yes this 12-year-old Mongolian boy name Uudam is really amazing . He sang beautifully in his song ‘Mother in the dream’ in the China got talent contest. He rendered the song full of emotion and delivered it deep from his heart, looking at his expression. His singing touched every audience and the judges as well . Even though not many people understand the lyrics in Mongolian yet his singing voice simply amazing and emotion . Such a great song indeed. All I could say he is truly talented .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-mongolian-boy-sings-about-his-mother-in-heaven.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 15. 2021 04:19 PM
    Shocking reading this again as it happened in Malaysia . At the Petknode Cat Boarding center or pet’s hotel in Damansara Damai and Sungai Buloh had been allegedly abandoned and starved 200 cats and a dog . Anxious pet owners and animal lovers came to the rescue. Over 100 cats and a dog were rescued from the Damansara Damai location ,while another 100 cats at Sungai Buloh. 300 starved and 13 died- Many outraged Malaysians including celebrities , social media Facebook groups expressed their anger over it. Hopefully stern punishment should enforced on those who abused animals. Animals should be given a chance to live, love by all, they are one of us . Teaching kids early to love ,care for animals should be taught in schools.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 14. 2021 04:22 PM
    Great teachings from this post to practice the Dharma well . We have to practice the preliminaries well before going further and deeper. The purpose of the preliminaries practice is to purify negative karma and accumulate merit . Once the teachings become realisation, and we prepare the mind for advance practices. Reading this will help us to realise the importance of learning dharma, transforming our mind and putting into practice. We should not of the importance of human rebirth and impermanence and all about at the time of death.
    Preliminary practice is Dharma practice. I have still plenty to learn from this knowledgeable post. Reading this over and over again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teachings.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.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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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    2 yearss ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    2 yearss ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    2 yearss ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    2 yearss ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    2 yearss ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • 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
    2 yearss 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
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    2 yearss ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    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
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    3 yearss ago
    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
    3 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
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  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    3 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    3 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    3 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    3 yearss 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).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    4 yearss ago
    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.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    4 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    4 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    4 yearss 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.
    4 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    4 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    4 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    4 yearss 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
    4 yearss 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.
    4 yearss 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!!
    4 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    4 yearss 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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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
10 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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