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Tokyo – Tokyo Bay & Odaiba

    Hama-rikyu Gardens (Hamarikyu-Teien) – These gardens were used by the shoguns and nobles, where they hunted ducks with nets, and came here to relax and drink tea.
Hama-rikyu Gardens Tokyo
    Near the entrance is the 300 year old pine tree, planted during the reign of the 6th Tokugawa shogun, and there are other old pine trees throughout the garden, so old and twisted they're propped up on sticks. At various seasons, flowers bloom in profusion, such as the peony garden. A place to kick back with kids, the gardens have plenty of shaded picnic areas, benches, restrooms, and teahouses where you can drink green tea and nibble on snacks. Hama-rikyu is smack in the middle of downtown Tokyo, but the gardens are peaceful and filled with the sounds of birds.
      Tip: The waterbus heading from Asakusa to Hinode Pier, stops at Hamarikyu Gardens. It's fun to pick up the waterbus, and ride over to Hinode Pier, or continue up the river to Asakusa.
    Tsukiji Fish Market –
video tsukiji fish market tokyo
    Editor's note: This is the largest fish market in Asia, but it’s also a very busy workplace (lots of motorized carts zipping around), and is not designed for sightseeing. Walk-in visitors are allowed at the market only after 9am, and no photos without permission of the stall keeper. (Uniformed guards will inform you of these restrictions.) In addition, they explicitly say "Please do not enter the market with babies, small children or strollers."
  Water bus (Hinode Pier) – At Hinode Pier, catch the fun, inexpensive water bus to Asakusa or over to Odaiba Seaside Park.
Rainbow Bridge and waterbus Tokyo
    It's a 40 min. cruise up the Sumida River to Asakusa, passing under thirteen different bridges, all painted in bright colors.
    To Odaiba, it's just a short 20 minute hop, and the boat goes under the Rainbow Bridge. (You can also take the waterbus from Odaiba straight to Asakusa.)
    Here's the schedule.
  Rainbow Bridge – Take a walk across this gleaming elegant suspension bridge that soars across Tokyo Bay. The bridge is a spectacular way to see the city, and on clear day you can see for miles in all directions.
    Tip: To walk the bridge, the easiest approach is to take the Yurikamome elevated train to Odaiba-Kaihinkoen and walk to the bridge entrance. (Pick up the Yuikamome at Shimbashi station.)
    Odaiba – Odaiba, a man-made island at the eastern end of the Rainbow Bridge has a variety of fun things for kids. To get there, take a water bus from Hinode Pier, or ride the Yurikamome train and get off at the Daiba stop.
      Odaiba Seaside Park – This park has a real beach where kids can play in the water or build their own shogun sand castles.
      Daisan Daba – Visit the ruins of the Shogun's fortress. The fortress and man-made land was originally built in 1853 to defend against Commodore Perry.
      Museum of Maritime Science – The museum encompasses the history of ships, not just in Asia, but all around the world. Inside you can steer radio controlled boats in the water, and outside there is a Japanese seaplane and real boats to climb on. In the summer, have fun in the museum's water park.
      Shiokaze Park – This park next to maritime museum has grassy areas to sit and watch the boats go by in the harbor.
Palette Town – Ride the Giant Sky Wheel, a huge ferris wheel, or stop into Mega Web from Toyota for the latest in cars, cars, cars. Tons of shopping and restaurants.
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