My visit in Tokyo
In the late afternoon we arrived to Tokyo (photo) and from a window of the high tower hotelroom, I finally saw Mount Fuji (photo), between the gap of towers of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (photo). We stayed at the Shinjuku ward (photo), which is one of the 23 municipalities that make up the city of Tokyo.
Next morning was cold and rainy as we visited the park of Tokyo Imperial Palace (photo) and headed to Ueno Park (photo), which is famous and popular of it's springtime cherry blossoms and hanami ("flower viewing") (photo). Then to the warm halls of the Tokyo National Museum (photo), where is exhibited a comprehensive collection of art works (photo) and antiquities (photo) (from 10,000 BC up to the late 19th century) from Japan as well as other Asian countries (photo).

Asakusa Nakamise-Dori shopping street (photo) was next in order and the near by Asakusa Shrine (photo) and Sensō-ji temple (photo), which is significant nationally and Tokyo's oldest temple (founded in 628).
In the evening I walked around the Shinjuku station area (photo), peaked inside the Pachinko game hell (photo), made a compulsory pilgrim to a "small" electronic store Bic Camera to have a look of the newest trends (photo) and just wondered of the nightlife of Tokyo (photo). Walking streets and alleys of Shinjuku by night time alone felt very safe and people were always friendly, if I asked directions.

Next day we made a trip to Nikko (Shrines and Temples of Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall, which is ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful falls). And the evening went singing karaoke in the karaoke box of the Shinjuku skyscraper (video coming soon!)...

Very cold and windy morning greeted us when we headed to the breakfast and then subway (photo), where we saw a Japanese drum performance (photo). We went to see some art at the Mori Art Museum (photo) on the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (photo). There was a contemporary art exibition with many artists (photo), showing the big white spaces (photo), scenic sculputures (photo), or roomsize installations (photo). We had a quick look over the city from the observation deck of the Mori Tower (photo), which wasn't that impressive because of the rainy day, and then visited the nearby National Art Center (photo), that had a large Vincent van Gogh exhibition.
Next morning after breakfast we rode through a sunday city (photo) to the airport of Narita and flew back to Finland.

Tokyo info
Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area in the world (population 8 million people and all metropol area together over 13 million). Tokyo is in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.

Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo ("Eastern Capital"). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.

Things to do in Tokyo
Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of culture, shopping, entertainment and dining to its visitors. The sheer size and frenetic pace (which in the same time felt for me organized, clean and polite) of Tokyo can intimidate the first-time visitor.

For most visitors the "must see" places are the temples of Asakusa, the gardens of the Imperial Palace and the Meiji Shrine. Tokyo has many commercial centres for shopping, eating and simply wandering around for experiencing the modern Japanese urban phenomenon. Each of these areas have unique characteristics, such as dazzling Shinjuku, youthful Shibuya and upmarket Ginza. These areas are bustling throughout the day, but they really come into life in the evenings.

If you're looking for a viewing platform, the Tokyo Tower is the best known and offers an impressive view. The highest spot in Tokyo is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building (in effect, Tokyo's City Hall) in Shinjuku.

The city is dotted with museums, large and small, which center on every possible interest from pens to antique clocks to traditional and modern arts. Many of the largest museums are clustered around Ueno.

Tokyo is one of the fashion and cosmetic centers in the Eastern world. Items to look for include electronics, funky fashions, antique furniture and kimono, as well as specialty items like Hello Kitty goods, anime and comics and their associated paraphernalia. Tokyo has some of the largest electronic industries in the world, such as Sony, Panasonic, and Toshiba etc.
Akihabara, Tokyo's Electric Town, is now also the unquestioned center of its otaku community, and the stores along Chuo-dori are packed to the rafters with anime (animation) and manga (comics). Another popular district for all things manga/anime is the Nakano ward and its Broadway Shopping arkade.

More info:
Go Tokyo - Japanese travel guide
Tokyo National Museum
The National Art Center
The National Museum of Modern Art - Tokyo.
Tokyo Art Navigation
Mori Art Museum

Tokyo - photo gallery
Osaka Castle
Tokyo streets.

Osaka port
Distant Mount Fuji (about 100 km away), which is 3776 meters and Japan's highest mountain.
Osaka city view
Statue of Kusunoki Masashige outside Tokyo's Imperial Palace (he was a great 14th century samurai).
Osaka by night
Sensō-ji temple.

Osaka by night
Tokyo by night.
Osaka by night
Indoors of the National Art Center in Tokyo.