Tokyo was named the world's most satisfying tourist city in a 2013 poll by TripAdvisor and its popularity is continuing to grow.
Visit the Imperial Palace on December 23 or January 2, and you'll see something impressive: its owner. Emperor Akihito and family make a twice-yearly public appearance at the Inner Palace grounds for the monarch's birthday and a New Year's greeting. If you're tall enough, you'll be able to glimpse the man-god himself amid a sea of Rising Sun flag-wavers.
Edo-Tokyo Museum is the best place to relive the old traditional style of life in Tokyo, when it was called Edo in the 15th to 19th centuries. The building exterior, however, looks like a giant space cruiser on a "Buck Rogers" back lot, propped up on stilts. This is perhaps an attempt to fuse past, present and future Tokyo into one space.
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