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January 25, 2017

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*This program was first broadcast on Jul. 27, 2016

Must-See Spots 2016!

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With the Olympics coming in 2020, new great places to visit are appearing in Tokyo all the time. We take a look at some must-see locations that are getting people talking.

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1) Tokyu Plaza Ginza This large shopping center opened in March 2016, centered around the theme of "tradition & modernity." With a distinctive glass exterior inspired by Edo-kiriko glass, the site also features a shopping area showcasing the pride of authentic Japanese crafts. Revel in the precision craftsmanship and original designs of Japan's small-scale craft workshops.
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

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2) Marugoto Nippon Opened in December 2014, this shopping arcade gathers specialty local foods and useful items from all over Japan. Without leaving Asakusa, visitors can savor the appeal of every region of the country.
Hours: 10 am to 8 pm

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3) Sky Circus in Sunshine 60 Observatory Re-opened in April 2016 following a renovation, the viewing platform of this 60-story Ikebukuro landmark offers a range of unique experiences. The many attractions, including a virtual reality flight over Tokyo, offer the chance to get to grips with some of Japan's cutting-edge technology.
Hours: 10 am to 10 pm

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4) Yomiuriland Goodjoba!! This collection of work experience-themed attractions was unveiled at the Yomiuriland amusement park in March 2013. At four individual factories, visitors can get a taste for the manufacturing of cars, food, fashion, and stationery. As well as being great fun, for children these attractions can stimulate aspirations and curiosity that last beyond their short stay at the park.
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

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1) Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Address: 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
2) Marugoto Nippon
Address: 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku
3) Sky Circus in Sunshine 60 Observatory
Address: 60F Sunshine 60, 3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
4) Yomiuriland Goodjoba!!
Address: 4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi-shi

Others

Paper bags: SIWA Collection
Address: 6F Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Clothes and leather artisan goods: IKIJI
Address: 6F Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Shimane Wagyu rice burger: Kizunaya
Address: 1F Marugoto Nippon, 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Mikan orange juice on tap: Smile & Sweets
Address: 1F Marugoto Nippon, 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Mino-ware pottery shop: marumotakagitoki
Address: 2F Marugoto Nippon, 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Foot bath, bath salts: Oita Onsenza
Address: 2F Marugoto Nippon, 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Make-up and photo studio with kimono: Yume-sharaku
Address: 2F Marugoto Nippon, 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku

Reporter

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Felicia Gonzalez

Nationality:
USA
Occupation:
Event producer, band /artist management, English language curriculum development and Instructor
When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
Having always been a bit adventurous and ready to embark on new things, the thought suddenly came to me to go to Japan and see what adventures might await. The very next week, I had bought my one-way ticket, basic phrasebook and was one my way!