Oh Tokyo, where do I begin.
The next day after our Kyoto trip, we packed our bags and went to the train station and took the bullet train to Tokyo. After almost 3 hours we reached the bustling city of Tokyo. We went to our hotel in Akihabara and left our bags and we were off for a day of adventure.
Ueno Park is a public park near the Ueno station of JR Keihintohoku Line. I love, love, loved the yellow leaved trees. I already fell in love with the Kyoto. But it doesn’t stop there. It keeps getting better and better. 🙂
After walking around the park we saw a crowded alleyway from a distance that turned out to be the Ameyayokocho market. After looking around we decided to move on to our next destination.
Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s historic areas is both festive and quaint. It is home to one of Tokyo’s most famous and most visited Buddhist temple, the Sensoji Temple. Asakusa can easily be explored on foot. Alternatively, you can consider a guided tour on a pulled rickshaw (man-powered kalesa). To go here, we took the Ginza Line from Ueno station to Asakusa station.
A short distance away from Sensoji Temple is the Sumida Park. This beautiful riverside park stretches both sides of the same named river, where it passes through Asakusa, for a few hundred meters. During spring this park is among the best 100 Sakura spots in Japan. On the other side of the river, the Tokyo Skytree and Asahi beer tower is visible. There are benches along the riverbank where you can just sit down, relax and watch the world pass by. You can also take a river cruise along Sumida River to drink in more of the beautiful sites on both side of the river.
After exploring Asakusa, it started getting dark so we decided on our next destination. We considered going up the Tokyo Skytree for the night view but we weren’t too keen on paying the observatory entrance. Alas, there is another great option we found. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building located in Shinjuku, is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters. Both towers has a cafe and a souvenir shop. We went to the North Observatory because it’s the one that remains open at night til 11:00pm. With favorable weather conditions, famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and the Tokyo Dome can be seen from the observatories. To get there from Asakusa Station (Ginza line), we alighted at the Ueno-Hirokoji station, and boarded the train at the Ueno-Okachimachi station of the Oedo Line towards Tocho-Mae station.
Winter Illuminations during Christmas and New Year have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan. It has become somewhat a competition as to which one’s the best. And it’s not just how many lights you can put up, it also includes digital choreography, cool music and a story to draw the audience in. We chose Shiodome since it was among the best in Tokyo as well as its location. We took the Oedo Line from Tocho-Mae station and alighted at Shiodome station and walked to Caretta Shiodome.
The night was still young, and although we were very tired we still wanted to go for one more stop. So we boarded the train at Shiodome station towards Akabanebashi Station. From there, it was a 10 minute walk to reach the famous Tokyo Tower.
From afar, it looks like a replica of the Eiffel Tower. It is a communications and observation tower located in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 metres (1,092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orangeto comply with air safety regulations. We only got a look at it from a distance and didn’t get the chance to go up close.
Another lovely day done. By this time it felt like we have been in Japan for too long. Haha. It was a tiring yet enjoyable day. The following day was even better because that’s when our Japan team was finally complete: me, my sister, XP and Babe! More on that later. Toodles!
*photos were taken using an iPhone6s and Xiaomi Yi Action camera