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How to tour Tokyo in 1 day

There is way too much to tell and not enough time to tell it right now. The day started at 4 AM when I couldn't sleep any longer. I did get to talk to Beth and the kids this morning. If anyone is traveling abroad, I would highly recommend Yahoo! Messenger with Voice. We are making PC-to-PC calls for free and the sound quality is fantastic.

Sorry for that side note. Scott and I made a friend at the hotel bar last night and she went along with us on our full day tour of Tokyo. We left the hotel at 6:15 AM and got on a train headed for Tokyo at 7 AM. It took about an hour and 15 minutes to get to Tokyo station, then another 15 minutes to find the hotel where we were supposed to meet the bus. Well, the concierge @ the Hilton forgot to call, but the tour company was nice enough to come get us at the hotel anyway. The people in Japan are so nice. There has not been a single person with the slightest hint of rudeness.

Here's the tour itinerary:
1. Tokyo Tower - A working radio tower that is taller, but not as interesting as the Eiffel Tower
2. Meiji Shrine - Named after Emperor Meiji, this is the center for the Shinto religion
3. Akasaka Guest House - Guest house of the Imperial Palace
4. National Diet Building - Houses Japan's legislature
5. Imperial Palace East Garden - Once the biggest fortress in the world, only part of the palace grounds open to the public
6. Ginza Shopping District - Tokyo's version of Fifth Avenue in New York
7. Tasaki Pearl Gallery - Demonstration of process of pearl cultivation
8. Sumida River Cruise - Boat ride to Asakusa
9. Asakusa Kannon Temple - Ancient temple built to unite the competing Buddhist factions

I have posted an album on Ofoto. Check it out an let me know what you think. I have also created a link on the righ-hand side of this page that I'll use to list my albums.

Needless to say, I can go into lots of detail about each of these, but I'm tired and it'll give me something to do on the plane tomorrow. We're off to Vietnam at 10 AM tomorrow. More to come tomorrow...

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  1. glad you took a lot of pictures, looks like you had beautiful weather...remember, save *everything*!! hee hee

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