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Tokyo Highlights

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We arrived in Tokyo in the afternoon and then finally found our way to our hotel in the Shinjuku District, with the help of some young fellows at an Apple store that understood Bob's sign language. Our hotel room was not quite big enough to swing a small cat, but was very nice. But the best part was that the hotel had a rooftop bars so we hopped up there for a quick wind down drink and something to eat.

Bob enjoying beer at rooftop bar in Shijuku

Bob enjoying beer at rooftop bar in Shijuku

Next morning, we're off to explore Tokyo in full swing. We head to the subway and quickly learn how so busy it is, with trains arriving every minute, absolutely jammed packed with people - OMG, we've not ever seen anything like it before. People just squeezed into every nook and cranny of the train carriage. But they're all so polite and orderly - they all stand in line ready to board the carriage, apologising or bowing if they run into you or push too hard.

Crowded subway train

Crowded subway train

We head to the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusar. This is a huge Buddhist Temple called Hondo Hall, surrounded by beautiful gardens and sacred areas, including a shrine built by a Samurai who went berserk and killed 100s of people but then felt guilty so built a shrine in memory of those he killed! There's also an impressive 5 stored pagoda - as well as quite a few areas to honour the gods and spirits by either soaking up burning fumes, pouring water into fountains, praying or donating a coin to read your fortune.

Senso-ji Hondo Main Temple

Senso-ji Hondo Main Temple

Five storied Pagado at Senso-ji Temple

Five storied Pagado at Senso-ji Temple

Shrine built by Samurai who felt guilty after killing many people with his sword

Shrine built by Samurai who felt guilty after killing many people with his sword

Peope soaking up good vibe fumes at Senso-ji Temple

Peope soaking up good vibe fumes at Senso-ji Temple

Floating Buddha at Senso-ji Temple

Floating Buddha at Senso-ji Temple

Then we head off to the famous Fish Markets in Tsukijio have some lunch. Wow very authentic fish markets with street vendors cooking up all sorts of delicacies right in front of you. We had skewers of swordfish and squid followed on by green tea matcha ice cream (yes, you read right - green tea ice cream!).

Yes we are definitely at the Fish Markets

Yes we are definitely at the Fish Markets

Kerrie about to enjoy street food at Tsukiji Fish Markets

Kerrie about to enjoy street food at Tsukiji Fish Markets

Bob eating Matcha Green tea ice cream

Bob eating Matcha Green tea ice cream

After that experience we find our way to another recommended sight to see in Shibuyu - a huge five way street crossing (ie five streets that merge/cross at one point and have five pedestrian crossings). We walk across the huge crossing and then go to a Starbucks store in a building one floor up that has a seating area overlooking the crossing - fabulous!

About to enter the Shibuya famous crossing

About to enter the Shibuya famous crossing

Looking down on Shibuya 5 way crossing

Looking down on Shibuya 5 way crossing

Then we finish off the night with a meal of tempura fish, prawns and mixed veggies at a traditional Japanese restaurant.

Wow what an experience today has been - full of culture, people and activity.

Posted by Bob and Kerrie 23:07 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo highlights

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Looks great!!
Trust Bob to find ice cream ???? xx

by Rockycrew

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