Japan is an exciting place, a place where you can both see and experience cutting-edge technology like nowhere else. For example, a maglev train with a speed of 500 km/h—the fastest in the world! Maglev trains are the next generation of high-speed train technology that has captured the attention of the whole world. And the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center is the perfect place to learn more about them. It is also the only place in the country where you can see a maglev capable of reaching 500 km/h. A one hour train ride from Shinjuku on the JR Chuo Line’s limited express, followed by a 15-minute bus ride will get you there.


Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is the world's tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan's post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country's tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.
The tower's main observatory at 150 meters is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase (both paid). Thanks to the tower's central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. There are also some "lookdown windows" in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a cafe where visitors can enjoy refreshments.