Friday, May 15, 2009

Sightseeing in Tokyo

Saturday was a sightseeing day around Tokyo with Naoji. I have been in a constant state of being lost since I arrived in Japan, despite seeing plenty of signs like this one.
We began our day by going to the Asakusa shopping market tourist spot. It was quite overwhelming, with shops everywhere. It was cool to pick up some gifts to bring home however. 





Lunch menu

Lunch spot

Everyone walks and/or takes public transportation in Tokyo. Everywhere you go as well, you will see these raised portions of the sidewalk. They are for the blind to navigate the city by. I don't know why it struck me so much, but I found it amazing how well integrated this system was in the city. 

Next up was the Tokyo Tower. At 330 meters tall, it's the tallest tower in Tokyo. We cruised up to the highest spot we could to get a view of the city. 





Last but certainly not least, we went to the Rikugien Garden. This is one of Tokyo's most beautiful, Japanese style landscape gardens. Built around 1700 by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, Rikugien literally means "six poems garden" and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems.  
The central pond

The turtles

Tea house

This treat was a great way to end the day. A little green tea and a truffle.

Yesterday was the Five Ten Cup. What a day! I will post about it later however, as I am SPENT!

Till next time,
kj

2 comments:

  1. Wow. Sooo jealous. Looks like a ton of fun.

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  2. Looks like a great trip! Tokyo seems AMAZING!

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