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This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program(Inter FM 89.7 MHz)every Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m.,(Rebroadcast)Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m..

August 17th.

As part of the efforts to introduce the charms of Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has installed two VR binoculars called "Tokyo Future Travel Scope" at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

They allow users to view Tokyo's landscape of 150 years ago during the Meiji period, as well as experience the “Future of Tokyo". Enjoy and learn through VR, how Tokyo has changed since the Meiji period, and how might the city be in the future. You can also look around the present day Tokyo with these viewers. Please note that children of ages 7 to 13 must be accompanied by a guardian. Any child under 7 years of age will not be permitted to use the viewers. The South observatory deck is located on the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Main Building No 1. It’s open from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. with last entry at 10:30 p.m. To get there, take the JR lines to Shinjuku Station. It’s a 10 minute walk from the West Exit, or ride the Toei Oedo Line to Tocho Mae Station and walk from there. Admission is free.

July 24th marked one year before the start of Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and on August 25th, we celebrate one year to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

At Odaiba Seaside Park, where triathlon and marathon swimming competitions will be held, and the West Promenade leading to Aomi Urban Sports Park, the venue for sports climbing and other urban sports, an event will take place to commemorate one year before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This event will introduce information on Olympics, showcase talk shows by athletes, live performances, illumination of buildings in Olympic colors, as well as introduce information on French culture and Paris, the host of 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Event hours are from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 16th through 19th. It all take places at the West Promenade in Symbol Promenade Park. The event site is just one minute walk from Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line. This is a free event although some programs may require an additional fee.

August 10th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created a sightseeing guidebook in multiple languages, introducing information on Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan matches and local attractions that can be enjoyed before and after watching the games.

This guidebook introduces sightseeing destinations near Tokyo Stadium and around Tokyo by category, in addition to other match venues and surrounding attractions in 3 languages, Japanese, English and French. These guidebooks will be available at Tokyo Stadium, fan zone, Tokyo Tourist Information Center and other hosting cities. Please look forward to the announcement of the release date.

This summer, Ueno Zoo will extend its opening hours until 8 p.m. as part of its special “Nighttime Zoo” event.

This is a great chance to observe the animals at night, when they behave differently from what you’re used to seeing during the day, and to enjoy the cooler evening temperatures in the zoo’s natural environment. This year, the park will be holding various food-themed events, introducing the eating habits of animals. During the event, the popular Giant Pandas, as well as Gorillas, Polar Bears, the Sumatran tigers, Indian Lions and many other rare species will be on display. Please note that there may be cancellation or changes in the exhibition schedule depending on the conditions of the animals. Meanwhile, the open-air beer garden on the terrace by Shinobazu Pond will also be operating again this year. The zoo will also host night-time music concerts from 6:30 p.m. Please enjoy jazz on August 10th, Shinobue flute on the 11th, and traditional Chinese Guzheng and 25 strings Koto on the 12th.There will be plenty of other events to enjoy during this period, so come check it out. Through August 16th, Ueno Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Admission is 600 yen for adults, and free for elementary school students and junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo. The zoo is a 5 minute walk from JR Ueno Station’s park exit.

August 3rd

At Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal, where travelers from Japan and abroad come and go all day long, a showroom titled, "The Secrets of Tokyo’s Traditional Crafts: The more you know, the more interesting it gets" will be set up for a limited time.

The showroom will feature 41 traditional crafts of Tokyo, in addition to demonstrations to experience the craftsmanship and workshop for traditional crafts. You can even purchase souvenirs at shops offering craft products for daily use. Please take this opportunity to discover Tokyo’s world-class crafts. The event is held through August 6th. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last day will close at 5 p.m. The venue is Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal.

This summer, the Bureau of Transportation will be operating the "Summer Breeze Train" as a limited time project for the Toden Arakawa Line, also known as the Tokyo Sakura Tram.

Until August 30 th, you can enjoy a ride on a blue retro Toden car No. 9002 decorated with summertime scenes on the windows and the interior. Please spend a memorable summer vacation on the Tokyo Sakura Tram. Please note that the train will not be operating on some days due to circumstances such as vehicle inspections. Also, as a tie-up event, a special summer vacation campaign will be held through August 30th, offering gifts and exclusive discounts. The operation schedule for the blue retro vehicle Arakawa Line 9002 can be viewed online. For details, please refer to the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation website at https://tobus.jp/blsys/navi?LCD=e( External link ). The site is accessible from computers and smartphones.

July 27th

In order to allow foreign travelers in Tokyo to enjoy a safer and more convenient stay in the city, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has released “TOKYO STARTER KIT”.

TOKYO STARTER KIT is a special train ticket package that comes with “Tokyo Subway Ticket” allowing unlimited rides on Toei subway and Tokyo metro lines for 72 hours, as well as “Tokyo Metropolitan Bus One-day Ticket.” It also includes a 72-hour medical service benefits including overseas travel insurance for foreign travelers in Japan. This insurance covers 72 hours, from 12 am of the day following your purchase of the kit. Users can download the dedicated app for information on medical facilities, interpretation service at the time of hospital visits, support for passport loss and such. Other benefits include sightseeing guide, coupons, emergency notification in multiple languages and more. The “TOKYO STARTER KIT” can be purchased for 3,000 yen including tax, at Ueno Okachimachi Station Tourist Information Center and Station Master’s Offices located in Toei Oedo Line’s Tocho-mae Station, Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station, Daimon Station, and Toei Asakusa Line’s Shinbashi Station.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will host an international para table tennis championship, ”ITTF PTT Japan Open 2019 Tokyo Games” in August.

With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics just about 1 year away, 200 top athletes from 25 countries around the world will gather in Tokyo to hold exciting games at the venue. The event will be held from August 1st through 3rd, at Minato Sports Center. The venue is a 5 minute walk from JR Tamachi Station’s Shibaura Exit. For more information, go to the official website at https://www.ittf.com/ (External link).

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