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This Shinto shrine was chosen by Emperor Meiji to commemorate the soldiers of the Boshin War and also as one of the centers to restore the Shinto religion in Japan. Today is dedicated to all the soldiers who died defending Japan. In the last decades became a polemic symbol as it was taken by the ultranationalist as a personal feudo. The official visits of the former Prime Minister Koizumi turned it into the center of important diplomatic issues with China and Korea.

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Ginza

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Ginza started to become one of the most important commercial areas during the XVII century. Nowadays it's the district, along with Omotesando, that concentrates the largest number of luxury stores and restaurants. The European style in its buildings and feeling has been one of its most notable peculiarities since the reconstruction after the 1872 fire.

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Tokyo Dome

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As a soccer culture guy, it was an amazing experience to go to a baseball match for the first time. Maybe the Tokyo Dome won't make an impression in an American, but I think it's really spectacular. It's the Yomiouri Giants home stadium and includes the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, restaurants, shops, a hotel and even an amusement park called LaQua. As the soccer stadiums in Europe, it helds the biggest concerts in the city as well.

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Shibuya Crossing

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When you arrive to Shibuya Station, go out and find yourself at the Shibuya Crossing for the very first time, that's the moment you realize that you are actually in Tokyo. A simple crossing with its modern buildings hidden behind the lights and giant screens has become the most recognizable icon of the city thanks to movies and TV. It will remind you of New York's Times Square or London's Picadilly Circus. Arriving there at night is definitely a plus.

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