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Winter Peony Garden is open at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno!


1 January - 26 February, 2017
Opening Hours: 9:30 -16:30


If traveling in Tokyo in this season, I recommend the beautiful Japanese garden which is full of peony flowers with straw snow fences.
See photos and details on
Winter Peony Garden in Ueno (2014)
Winter Peony Garden in Ueno - photo selection (2015)



Yearly Daikoku Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine is on 21 - 22 January! (2 days in 2017)


See photos & visitor information: Daikoku Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine - Things to See & Get



Winter Lighting lasts until February!

Top Places to View Winter Lighting in Tokyo



Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan

Shiodome is a very popular place in Tokyo for winter lights. It is a walking distance from Shinbashi and Hamamatsucho.
17:00 - 23:00, 17 November, 2016 - 14 February, 2017 in Caretta Shiodome
Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome & Trip Planning Tips


Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in winter.

In 2016 - 2017, the icon of Tokyo features One Piece, the best-selling manga & anime, for winter lights.
16:00 - 23:00, 3 November, 2016 - 28 February, 2017
See the report of Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy 2016!



Roppongi Hills, the streets and Tokyo Mid Town are filled with lights.
From November, 2016 (Depending on the building. In Tokyo City View, 23 November, 2016 - 29 January, 2017.)
Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills & How to Get to Roppongi




Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast & Diary in 2016 is here!
Cherry Blossom (sakura) Forecast for Japan 2016
The season of cherry blossoms is late March to early April in Tokyo.


Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2017 will come in late January, 2017.
Trip Planning Advice for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival Visitors to Japan by a Local



Autumn Colors' peak is late November to early December in Tokyo.
Links to Blog: Autumn Colors in Tokyo City #01 - Red Maple Leaves & Genuine Matcha in Rikugien Garden and more!


4 Seasons in Tokyo

Explore 1 year in Tokyo on Event Calendar!


Open Tokyo Event Calendar.


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The Easiest Tokyo Maps by a Local

If you want a shortcut to understand Tokyo, or you are about to give up to plan a trip to Tokyo with throwing away a thick travel guidebook, or you are lost in the city at this moment (I hope not!), here are the simplest resolutions.


The Easiest JR Train Map of Tokyo - You'll understand the outline of Tokyo and airport transport with only 1 page!

link to the easiest JR train map in Tokyo, Japan

The Easiest Subway Maps of Tokyo - You won't get lost anymore. Tourist attractions are all covered with these maps and instructions.

link to the easiest subway maps in Tokyo, Japan

The Quickest Hotel Booking

If you don't want any explanations and just want to book a good hotel now, the following are the quickest way to reach.


A List of Worldwide Luxury Hotels: All the hotels on this list are convenient because of good airport transport.

link to a list of worldwide 5 star luxury hotels in Tokyo, Japan

A List of Cheap Hostels: Cheap hostels in Tokyo are listed with short comments about their locations to help some backpackers who have the image that it is hard to find accommodation in Tokyo.

link to a list of backpackers' cheap hostel in Tokyo, Japan

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