|Hello, and welcome back to JapanesePod101.com.
|In this lesson we will talk about the "Top 5 tourist spots in Tokyo”.
|The first topic on the list is Takeshita Street in
|Harajuku, which is called (J: Harajuku Takeshita Dori).
|This pedestrian-only narrow street is world-famous
|as an epicenter of “Cool Japan” and a symbol of
|youth culture and fashion.
|The street is crammed with countless different
|cafes, shops, and boutiques including those
|selling Victorian-inspired Lolita fashion which
|has now gained global popularity.
|Harajuku is also the home of a popular singer and
|street-fashion icon (J:Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), so
|it is a must-visit place for her fans and other
|(J: “kawaii”) lovers.
|The next topic on the list is a hot spring
|theme park called (J: Oedo Onsen Monogatari).
|This large-scale spa facility was built to resemble
|what old Tokyo looked like when it was
|called “Edo”, more than 200 years ago.
|Here, all bathers can change into a Kimono-style
|bath robe (J: yukata) and spend the day
|strolling to and from hot spring baths, and
|through shopping arcades also built in Edo
|If you are looking for a unique onsen experience in
|Tokyo, then this is the place for you.
|The next topic is the Ghibli Museum in
|Mitaka, a city of western Tokyo.
|This museum is the animation and art showcase of
|the Academy Award-winning animator (J: Miyazaki Hayao) and his company Studio Ghibli.
|There is also a mini-theater where you can watch
|original short films and a gift shop stuffed with
|Totoro, Ponyo, and other Ghibli studio products.
|It’s important to know, however, that the museum is
|extremely popular and you need to buy tickets
|in advance. When buying the tickets, you must
|also choose the time and date of your planned
|The next topic is the Tsukiji Fish Market
|(J: Tsukiji Shijyo).
|This fish market is one of the world’s largest
|and it is where you can visit the famous Tuna
|Auction before dawn.
|In the Tuna Auction area, you can see rows and
|rows of massive tuna lying around and getting
|cut up right in front of your eyes.
|You don’t need a reservation to enter this area but
|there is a limit of 120 visitors per day on a
|first-come, first-serve basis. Visitor registration
|starts at 5 o’clock in the morning or earlier.
|After seeing the Tuna Auction, make sure to enjoy
|fresh and delicious sashimi and sushi in the
|restaurants just outside the market.
|The last topic is Tokyo’s most
|famous Shinto shrine, the Meiji Shrine or in Japanese (J: Meiji Jingu).
|This shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and
|and Empress Shoken. The shrine building itself
|is beautiful but its 12-meter (J: torii) or gate made of
|1,500-year-old cypress trees is also remarkable.
|Seen as one of the most sacred shrine complexes
|in Japan, the Meiji Shrine attracts more prayers
|during the New Year period than any other
|shrine in the country.
|If you are lucky, you can also catch a glimpse of
|a traditional Shinto-style wedding ceremony on
|That’s all we have for this lesson.
|How many of those places have you visited?
|How did you like them?
|Leave us a comment and let us know!
|Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next time. Until then, bye!