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Tokyo's frenetic streets hum with electricity and motion, but the city's shrines and parks offer the traveler oases of calm.

Mount Fuji, 12, 388 feet high, looms over the Tokyo skyline.

Toshifumi Kitamura

A geisha performs a Japanese traditional dance Asakusa, Tokyo's ancient entertainment district.

Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP

Japanese performers samba in front of the Kaminarimon gate during the Asakusa Samba Carnival.

Junko Kimura

The Akihabara District is a renowned shopping destination for computer and electronic goods.

Koichi Kamoshida / Getty Images AsiaPac

Cherry blossom trees are in full bloom at Shinobazunoike Pond in Ueno Park. The blooms usually only last about a week.

Koichi Kamoshida

A boat passes in front of Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo Harbor.

Toshifumi Kitamura

A three-wheeled sightseeing vehicle runs on a narrow road at the foot of the Roppongi Hills complex.

Yoshikazu Tsuno

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest, hosts the city's most popular Shinto festival each year.

Kazuhiro Nogi

Sumo grand champion Asashoryu is forced out of the ring by Wakanosato during the 2006 Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Modeled after the Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower is the tallest structure in Tokyo.

Kazuhiro Nogi