Skip to main content

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...

Comments

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

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Fort William Marathon: The Best Kept Secret in Racing

Earlier this year I had been training hard for the Limassol Marathon, through ice and sleet and snow, only to have what I considered a disappointing race. I struggled to recover mentally, but I knew I had another race on the horizon...the Fort William Marathon. This event was my first marathon back in July 2015, shortly after the family made the move to London. The main difference this time, though, was that we're three kids lighter with Michael and the twins all back in the US for some time with their friends.

I hadn't thought much about running this race again until Chris, the race organizer, reached out to me to offer me a complimentary spot. This was incredibly generous and given how much I liked the race the first time, there was no way I was going to refuse. Granted, Chris made this offer well before the race in Cyprus.

The posts-Limassol blues stuck around for much longer than I'd expected. I was really down on myself, questioning why I put in the effort and the tr…

Balmoral: The Queen's Summer Home

Balmoral, in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, is the Scottish home to the Royal family; I prefer calling it Liz's summer home because, well, she's super adorable and she has a serious crib for her summer home. We paid a visit here on our drive from Fort William to Ballater, our stay for the next three nights. The castle is only open from April to July, so we got lucky to get here on the last day it was open. Was Queen Elizabeth there??

As for Royal homes, I've been to Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and Hampton Court Palace. If I had to rank Balmoral, I'd put it behind Hampton Court Palace. There are quite a few similarities between the two, mostly due to the extensive gardens, which doesn't exist in near the scale at Tower of London nor Kensington Palace.

We had a couple of hours to spend here, so being the tourists we are, we went with the audio tour, always a favorite of mine so that I can listen and look without needing to read to much. I find I enjoy this way…

Palaces, Parks and Churches

Commuting to work by foot has to be my favorite way to start the day. The roads and parks are pretty much empty, the air isn't quite so polluted and I get my blood flowing for the rest of the day.

It's getting lighter out pretty quickly. Sunrise was at 6:37am, which means most of my run I could actually see where I was going. Today's 7 mile route took me from Hammersmith to St. Paul's via Hyde Park.


Just a couple weeks ago when I would run this same route, Hyde Park would be pitch black. There are very few lights in the park, which made it very tough to see where I was going...go figure! But now that the sun is up, I get to appreciate it for all of its beauty.

I entered Hyde Park at Kensington Palace, where Princess Diana lived until her death in 1997 and where Princes William and Harry were raised. Many Royals still live here today. Definitely a place to visit if you come to London.


From there, I headed to the north side of the park then headed east, going past the s…