Archive for October, 2012

Must See Attractions in Toronto

Toronto is the capital city of Ontario, Canada. It is one of the most favorite tourists’ destinations as it has a large number of attractions which draw millions of visitors every year. Here you can find historical, cultural as well as commercial and modern attractions filling the heart of visitors with enthusiasm. Some of its must see attractions are as follows:

Casa Loma

Casa Loma is an interesting place to visit for the tourists who like historical places having rich architectural designs. It was built in the early 1990’s by a wealthy businessman of Toronto named Sir Henry Pellatt. When you will visit this place, you will definitely love its atmosphere and splendor. You will enjoy a lot while walking on the winding paths through the stunning and spectacular gardens that surround this mansion. It is one of the most romantic historical mansions at Toronto which is capable of reviving your sense of wonder. There are splendid towers, beautifully decorated suites; secret passageways and 800 foot underground tunnel that links to the lavish stables and strikingly beautiful gardens.

Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands offer you a magnificent view of the city’s skyline. These islands are almost 150 years old having 262 homes, 650 people, gardens and parks. Other attractions in the islands include: picnic areas, swimming beaches, bicycle and boats rentals and much more.  It has been estimated that 1 million people visit these islands every year and many of them like to see Center Island because of its famous Centreville Amusement Park. In this park, you can enjoy more than 30 different rides providing fun to the kids and adults alike.

The CN Tower

Having a height of 1800 feet, it provides an opportunity to the visitors to have a bird’s eye view of Toronto. There is a glass elevator that takes you 1122 feet high to an observation deck. The specialty of this observation deck is that, here a portion of floor is transparent. There is also a revolving restaurant at the top of this tower and provides a chance to enjoy a lot. There are thousands of shops in this tower providing almost everything you can imagine. For the entertainment of kids, there are rides, an arcade and motion stimulators.

Royal Ontario Museum

This is a beautiful building whose exteriors are made of glass. Being the largest museum of Canada, It offers a lot of fun and enjoyment with its 40 galleries of art, natural science, archeology and six million items. This museum has a collection of African art, European history, Canadian history and more interestingly the dinosaurs. This museum has the biggest assortment of fossils in the world.

Kensington Market

This market has become a mixture of restaurants, shops, cafes and traditional clothing shops. If you want to know about the true and rich culture of Toronto, this market is the best place to visit. Here in this market, you can find a large collection of imported goods from Asia, Caribbean, Middle East and Europe. A number of artist studios are also open for the public. In this market, artists work with media including prints, metal work and sculptures.

Chinatown

In North America, Toronto has the second largest Chinatown. Here you will find jewelry, household items, clothing and different other items. Also there are a large number of restaurants which not only provide Chinese food but also Asian and Vietnamese food.

These were some of the most popular attractions in Toronto which can be truly called must see places of Toronto.

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What to See in Japan

Commonly known as the ‘Land of Rising Sun’, Japan is one of the favorite countries of tourists. There are a lot of things in Japan that are worth-seeing and therefore attract a large number of tourists towards this beautiful country. If you ever make a plan to visit Japan, then take a look at this article as it contains the famous things and attractions which you must see in Japan.

Gardens

Most of the gardens in Japan are located in the calm and peaceful surroundings of monasteries and some are located in the ruins of the castles of feudal lords. They display a very rich look of Japanese art and culture. There are a lot of attractions to see in Japanese gardens but the most worth-seeing are the ponds which are vital parts of every garden. They don’t only show Japanese’s peoples good taste but also add marvel and beauty to these gardens.

The gardens in Japan have different types including Tsukiyama Gardens (hill gardens), Karesansui Gardens (dry gardens) and Chaniwa Gardens (tea gardens).

Temples

Most of the population of Japan consists of Buddhists therefore temples in Japan are the houses of worship for these people. These temples should not be missed to see during the visit to Japan as they are beautifully made and present a beautiful blend with lush and green vicinity. The architecture of these temples is also out of this world and must see.

Castles

The castles in Japan were initially built for military purposes but afterwards they transformed into commercial centers as the time passed and eventually they became popular tourists’ attractions. They are truly a master-piece as they were built after careful planning and by the untiring efforts of thousands of labors.Shrines

There are almost one million shrines in Japan. Most of them serve as a worship home for the followers of Shintoism. These shrines are located in the isolated areas of this country, near to forests, to provide a peaceful and calm feeling to the visitors. When these shrines were first built, they were quite simple but with the passage of time they began to look like Buddhist temples due to the influence of Chinese architecture. On the basis of the architecture style of these shrines, they are divided into four types: Nagare, Shinmei, Taisha and Hachiman.These were some must visit attractions of Japan that deserve at least one visit in the life time of a tourist.

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