National Museum www.tnm.go.jp
See the highlights of Japanese art in one place; the second floor walks you through Japanese art from prehistoric statuary to arms and armor and woodblock printing.
Ota Memorial Museum of Art www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp
This is a small but very fine space, with changing collections of Japanese woodblock prints. Works by Hokusai and Hiroshige are just the tip of the iceberg.
This Shinto shrine honors the Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) who, in addition to consolidating the nation's capitals, is credited with bringing Japan into the modern age.
River Cruise www.suijobus.co.jp
Enjoy a river cruise south along the Sumida River, beneath a dozen or so bridges.
2-57 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Take a dip at at Edo Hot Spring Story, a massive bathing complex with Edo period decoration, food, games and entertainers.
weather is similar to that of Washington,
DC. Spring and autumn are
the best seasons for visiting, with the added
bonus of potentially catching the cherry blossoms
or hydrangeas in spring, or fall colors in
the city’s parks. Although you should
be prepared for rain any time of year, June
and September tend to be the wettest months.
Summers are hot and sticky. Winter weather
is brisk and clear—you may even be able
to see Mt. Fuji, 90 miles away, from the city
center. Heavy snowfalls are rare in the city.