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Posted on : 05-05-2010 | By : Nathan | In : Travelogue

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After a bit of quick internet research, we were able to come up with a pretty good plan of attack for the day. We decided to tackle a couple of the major districts of Tokyo that we had not had the pleasure of touring yet.

The first thing we did was take the metro to Shinjuku station. There we were able to visit: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. What makes this building so great, is they offer a 360 degree view of the city from 43 stories up. “City-sprawl” does not even begin to describe the expanse of this great city. It was a bit overcast, but the views were amazing.

Next we ventured to: Yoyogi Park. This park is one of the only places you are actually free to do pretty much whatever you like. People were practicing all kinds of sports, exercising, biking, walking their dogs, playing musical instruments, and even catching a nap. We walked the main loop around the interior of the park, and had quite a bit of quality people-watching.

After the park, we headed to: Meiji Shrine. What an amazing temple, right in the heart of Tokyo. There was a nice tree-lined walk back to the temple complex. When we arrived, we were lucky enough to watch a ceremony taking place. I snagged a picture, and subsequently got reprimanded by a staff member, as no pictures were supposed to be taken during the ceremony. We toured the grounds, took it all in, and worked up quite an appetite.

We ended the outing with some lunch in: Harijuki. This was one of the busiest places we have been (next to Shibuya Square). It was packed with young people shopping, hanging out, eating, and doing whatever young people do. We had some Udan and tea, rambled around a bit, and headed back to the hotel for a rest before dinner.

Dinner was fantastic. We went out for Yakiniku, which is basically grilling lots of fresh ingredients over hit coals right there at the table. The restaurant we went to was supposed to be the best in Tokyo, so I am glad we hit this spot ! The niche of this specific place was that they only use female cow meat. They say that it is much more tender and tasty. I agree !

unordinary: Check out this classic shop !

Don’t forget to stop by the gallery section, as I added some new photos. I appreciate you reading ;)

Comments (4)

Wonder if the “classic shop” is a franchise…

Nathan

Highly doubt it, but pretty good for a novelty !

The memories you have here will be with you forever. This was so well done, I am proud of you
Mr Nathan. Tell you lovely finace I said Hi!

Good luck on Mount Fuji & on getting out of Tokyo in traffic..

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