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About Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital and a metropolis like no other, home to over 30 million people, offers you unique and inspiring moments through the marvelous mixture of traditional and contemporary culture. The city is divided up into several municipalities, and each district and neighborhood has individual characteristics. There are myriad styles of seeing and enjoying Tokyo; something for every interest.

Among popular historical sites are Asakusa's Sensoji Temple and Nakamise, a colorful lane leading to the temple with festive stalls, which are always bustling with local worshippers and tourists alike, and the imposing Meiji Shrine and surrounding woods near Harajuku that offers an oasis of tranquility in the midst of the urban bustle. Many UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage productions in the world-famous arts of Kabuki, Bunraku, and Noh are offered at various theaters. Visitors can also observe and practice the Zen-inspired tea ceremony, as well as Ikebana, an elegant traditional form of flower arrangement.

At the same time, Tokyo is a growing megalopolis bursting with ideas and innovation. Throughout the city are examples of ultra-modern and glass-walled skyscrapers, like the magnificent Tokyo Metropolitan Government building near Shinjuku Station. The sights and sounds of Western music and youth culture keep Shibuya constantly vibrant, and the bustle of modern business means things are never slow in the Shinagawa area.

Complimentary Tour Highlights

Below are sample itineraries of the complimentary city tours.

Edo-Tokyo Museum & Asakusa

Edo-Tokyo Museum introduces the history and culture of Edo (the ancient name for Tokyo). On display are a traditional playhouse (theater) and scenes from everyday life that will transport you back in time to the Edo period. After visiting the museum, the tour stops off at Asakusa Temple, a historical haven in modern Tokyo. Enjoy shopping for souvenirs on the 200m-long street of traditional stalls running from Kaminari-mon Gate to the temple.

River Cruise & Hama-rikyu Gardens

A half-hour boat cruise traveling down Tokyo’s main Sumida River and under some 14 bridges, passing the capital’s famous landmarks along the way. The cruise finishes at the majestic Hama-rikyu Gardens, located along the Tokyo Waterfront. Visitors can enjoy a walk in the beautifully preserved gardens, which the family of the ruling Tokugawa Shogun owned from the 17th to mid-19th centuries and used as a reserve for hunting with falcons.

TOKYO SKYTREE®

The capital city’s latest icon, and the world’s tallest broadcasting tower (634m high), is located in Sumida ward, where Edo culture thrives to this day. The elevator moving at a top speed of 600m per minute, will take visitors to the glass-enclosed 360-degree observation deck 350m above ground. Sights of many famous features of the Tokyo cityscape can be enjoyed on a clear day, including Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji.

Tokyo Tower & Zojoji Temple

Built-in 1958, Tokyo Tower remains a beloved icon of the Japanese capital symbolizing Japan’s post-war rebirth. The observatory offers an interesting view of the city with glass floors allowing visitors to see Tokyo beneath their feet. Zojoji Temple, located right beside Tokyo Tower, was built in 1393 and was moved to its present location in 1598 by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, who selected it as his family temple.

Other Support

The tourism guidebooks will be offered for all international conference delegates.

Official Tokyo Tourism Guide

TOKYO MUSLIM Travelers’ Guide