Monday, April 27, 2015

Some Panoramic Views of Tokyo From My Trip

I made it back safe and sound and jet-lagged from Tokyo.  I just caught the tail end of the main cherry blossom season there and it was definitely not spectacular at that point.  Some torrential rain the night before I arrive pretty much washed all the petals off of the trees.  While I was there it rained 4 days out of 7 and all day for 2 of those rainy days.  I was damp and changed my schedule a lot, but I still saw plenty of good stuff.  Still had fun, but that rain puts a bit of a damper on mornings as stores and malls don't open until 10 or 11 and the parks and temples are pretty wet places to go.

Still, I have some interesting 180 degree panoramic photos from around Tokyo to share.   Some are iconic places you'll recognize and a few are not so well known.

Tokyo Skytree from the south side to the east of the tower.  Kind of cloudy this day, but you can see they've tried to spruce up the area around the canal a bit. Very residential here.
Tokyo Skytree from the Asakusa Tourist Center.  You can get help in English here and it is right across the from Gate to Sensoji Temple and the shopping street.  This is shot from the 8th floor deck where you can see the temple grounds and have a coffee on a nice day.
A rainy Shibuya morning at Shibuya Crossing.  The big screen over at Q Front doesn't come on until 10 or so.  I was heading to the Gontran Cherrier bakery by the Hikarie Center and had a coffee and some great pastries there.
Kanda Myojin Temple made famous overseas to anime fans by Love Live!  They have piles of ema here with anime illustrations and the Love Live! characters are kind of like mascots to the shrine as one of the characters was a shrine maiden here.  To the right of the picture are the stairs they ran up and down when they were training to be idols.
The famous view of Akihabara from the Electric Town exit of Akihabara Station.  Gamers, the Radio Kaikan Building, and Volks can all be seen here down the street in the middle.
The seemingly endless tunnels between Yurakucho Station and Ginza Station.  You may as well walk above ground.  The stations are pretty far apart even if it shows as connected on the subway maps.  It is a cool walk and you'll think you're a mole person.
A little park that still had cherry blossoms falling (so yes, I did have cherry blossoms fall on me) that I passed through on the way to Tsukiji as I didn't check the maps more carefully and had to take a bit of a walk as I was on the wrong line.  Tsukiji Station is not near the old market, but you can get there with a 15 minute walk through some residential neighborhoods.
The rooftop patio and Inari shrine on top of the Matsuya Ginza store.  I had a nice break here to have a drink and eat some pastries, even though it was raining.  There are sheltered seats.
The famous Shinjuku Eye or Eye of Sauron at the NE tunnel just outside Shinjuku Station on the way to Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall.  All underground and at the basement level of the buildings around here.
Inside the Gundam Front Gunpla model exhibit area at Divercity.  A modelers dream.  This part is free to visit along with the gift shops.
View of Tokyo Station from the rooftop of the KITTE Building.  You can watch trains come and go from the station here and the park is nice too.  There are even places to sit!
The Shiodome walkways and the buildings of the area.  All of this is at least two stories above ground level.  The Shiodome is an amazing urban development.
 
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