The Meiji Jingu shrine, located in the heart of Tokyo, is dedicated to emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. There we met some long time friends of Ayako for a short visit of the shrine. The trip included a visit to a sacred well, which is known to make you famous if you put its picture on your cell phone, so there may be a line of Japanese waiting to take a shot!
If you stay over the Taito/Asakusa area, take advantage of your jet-lag and go on this bridge very early in the morning. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Note that Asahi building and Tokyo tower are visible on some images!
Bandai has its headquarters in Asakusa, just outside the building you can walk among some statues of its most popular characters like Doraemon. Inside, there is a lot of toys and figurines on display.
The Zojoji Temple is located close to Tokyo Tower and easily accessible from the Daimon station on the Asakusa metro line. The buddhist temple offers a really nice setting with an awesome view of Tokyo tower. The visit of the two attractions complement each other nicely as Tokyo tower offers a nice aerial view of the temple.
Edo Tokyo Museum is huge, and is held in the air! It was actually modeled according to an old storehouse style. The museum presents the last 400 years of history Tokyo, formerly called Edo.
The Tsukiji fish market is probably one of the biggest fish markets in the world, where millions of dollars are spent everyday on high quality sushi-grade fish. The major “auctions” are usually done early in the morning and not accessible to the public but visitors can still wander around between rows of fish sellers. There are also some small sushi and sashimi restaurants on site for the freshest raw fish experience!
Ueno is a large park located in the city of Taito. Attractions found in Ueno park include, among others, a zoo and the Tokyo national museum. During our visit, we had the chance to observe the Japanese champion of “Kendama”, a game that consists of catching a ball with a specially crafted wooden stick. A small lake on which you can ride a swan boad seems also to be quite popular among Japanese nationals.
On our way to Ueno Park, we walked on Kappa Bashi (Kappa Street) where many Kappas are usually seen. Kappas are mystical creature of Japanese folklore. They are small reptilian-looking creatures with an humanoid form. They usually inhabit ponds and rivers of Japan, but can sometimes be seen in Tokyo on Kappa Bashi! They usually have a shell or carapace on their back similar to turtles. They have also have what we could name a “plate” on top of their head, which they have to keep wet when they venture out of the river.