Kitanomaru Park Walking Tour, Tokyo

The Chiyoda district is steeped in history and is a reflection of the city’s culture, both past and present. Besides several prominent historical landmarks like the Imperial Palace, the place boasts of some of the best museums in the region. The Kitanomaru Park, part of the outer gardens of the Imperial Palace, houses the National Museum of Modern Art, Science Museum and the Nippon Bodokan. The park is an ideal place to enjoy the sakura that blossoms in spring.
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Kitanomaru Park Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Kitanomaru Park Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: ann
National Museum of Modern Art-Crafts Gallery

1) National Museum of Modern Art-Crafts Gallery

The Crafts Gallery is an annex of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. It was opened in 1977 with a view to display the living treasures of the country which are its traditional crafts.

The Crafts Gallery occupies a building that was once the headquarters of the Imperial Guards. It was designed in 1910 by military engineer, Yasushi Tamura. In 1972, the building became a designated Significant Cultural Property and in 1977, it became the Crafts Gallery extension of the National Museum...   view more
National Museum of Modern Art

2) National Museum of Modern Art (must see)

The Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art is the first art museum in Japan. It features works by Western-style Japanese contemporary artists and traditional Nihonga artists.

Located in the Kitanomaru Park of Edo Castle, the museum was established as a facility governed by the Ministry of Education. It opened its doors in 1952. The first building was designed by Kunio Maekawa. It was redesigned twice and the most recent design was by architect, Yoshiro Taniguchi. Today the museum has two...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Science Museum

3) Science Museum

The Science Museum features diverse subjects and areas in science and the exhibits are sure to get any child interested. Offering interactive displays and workshops, any kid would be having a gala time, running around touching and experimenting things in the exhibits. The museum has an excellent coverage on topics that are diverse and range from topics like optics and illusions to the modern day Internet. A must visit for families with...   view more
Shimizu-mon Gate

4) Shimizu-mon Gate

The Shimizu Mon Gate is the east gate that leads to the Edo Castle in Tokyo. It is also the east gate of the Kitanomaru garden and district.

The Shimizu- Mon gate is a Masugata Mon style gate. This type of gate has a small square or plaza in front. There was a gate at the location of the present one as early as early as 1620. The present gate was rebuilt in 1658. The gate formed a part of the old Edo castle and is regarded as a structure of great cultural and historical significance in...   view more
Nippon Budokan

5) Nippon Budokan

The Nippon Budokan (Martial Arts Hall) is a large indoor arena erected to host the Judo event in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It was modeled after the Yumedono Hall of the Horyuji temple in the Nara Prefecture of Japan.

The Nippon Budokan means Martial Arts Hall. It was built in 1964 and designed by architect, Mamoru Yamada. It has an octagonal roof and stands on the location of the former Kitanomaru Palace. It has three halls. The largest hall has a seating capacity for an audience of 14,000....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tayasu-mon Gate

6) Tayasu-mon Gate

Tayasu-mon Gate was once a part of the great Edo castle. Today its massive walls separate the Nippon Budokan and Yakusuni Srine. This is a typical Masugata-mon style of gate. No one knows exactly when this gate was built, however the present structure was reconstructed in...   view more
Lighthouse at Kudan-Sakaue

7) Lighthouse at Kudan-Sakaue

Also known as the Jotomyodai, the old lighthouse at Kudan-sakaue is a very small structure located between Budokan and Yasukuni shrine, right next to the pedestrian walk that connects this to major landmarks. Sometimes it is also referred to as the weather...   view more

8) Chidorigafuchi

Chidorigafuchi is a park in the northeastern part of the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace. It is a well known spot where visitors come to view cherry blossoms in the spring.

The entrance to the Chidorigafuchi Park is from the Yasukuni Shrine. Cherry trees line the green walkway along the moat. One can view the cherry trees in full bloom on the other side of the moat by strolling along the walkway. A popular way of viewing the cherry blossoms is by renting a row boat or paddle boat from...   view more
Yamatane Museum

9) Yamatane Museum

The Yamatane Museum is a small repository of traditional Japanese Nihonga Paintings. It is privately owned and maintained by the Yamatane Stock Trading Company.

The Yamatane Museum opened in July 1966. The main exhibits are from the large collection belonging to the founder of the museum, Taneji Yamazaki. The second director Tomiji Yamazaki expanded the collection adding works by some of the best known Japanese Nihonga painters and instituted the Yamatane Museum of Art Award. The purpose of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Tokyo, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tokyo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

The Imperial Palace, residence of the Japanese Emperor was once the site of the Edo Castle in the 17th – 19th Century. Located in the heart of the city, it is a vast expanse of green and is surrounded by moats. The palace is open only for two days a year - January 1st and December 23rd. However, walking tours of the inner palace grounds is conducted on weekdays except on special occasions. Prior approval from the Imperial Household Agency is required to join these walking tours.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

The Asakusa district in Tokyo is famous for the Senso-ji temple and is one of the few places in Tokyo that retains the old world charm. The temple markets, narrow streets, traditional shops and restaurants provide a glimpse of old Tokyo. It is also known as Tokyo's oldest geisha district. Take a walking tour and live the carnival atmosphere that pervades this place.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Shibuya Walking Tour

Shibuya Walking Tour

This place is a melting ground for the fashion conscious and trendy teenagers and is lined with trendy shops, boutiques and some historic sites. On Sundays, crowds of young people converge here dressed up in myriad colors and styles to socialize and have fun. Other significant sites here are the Meiji shrine and the Yoyogi Park. Take time off to experience the fun and frolic that marks the place.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

An international hub and thriving cultural metropolis, Tokyo has much in store for those seeking a thrilling nightlife scene. Possessing anything from high-end nightclubs and chic lounges, to hipster hangouts and casual bars, this city has it all. Whether shopping in the trendy Ginza district or exploring the streets of the vibrant Shibuya district, a great nightspot is available for guests to let loose of their inhibitions and dance the night away. Be sure to check out all the unique locations found in the Tokyo Nightlife Tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Art Museums in Tokyo

Art Museums in Tokyo

Like any city that is steeped in history and culture, Tokyo too boasts of a rich collection of art. Art museums and galleries across the city have a rich repertoire of art pieces that are worth a view. These museums are great places to learn about Japanese art, culture and a lot more.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.3 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Tokyo without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Tokyo, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

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