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Loving Tokyo

Arrived early this morning in Tokyo...in snow but it quickly disappeared. After a quick nap and lunch we hit the streets, taking a long walk along the river to a really neat area called Asakusa. Touristy but lots of wonderful things to see (including temples) and lots of fun little shopping stalls, beautifully lit in the night.

The subway seems to work great. We've got our passes and have managed to work it out. Less English spoken here than we expected so it could be a challenge. But people seem very nice. And yes, it's expensive. In particular, coffee. It cost us about $6 each for a not very big cup. Our hotel room is in miniature, but it's all we need (at least it's not a pod!). Just have to plan our movements carefully so we don't keep bumping into each other or get stuck in a corner!

The Tokyo Skytree in the background (an odd effect in this shot):

The young girls get dressed up as geishas and get their pics taken - lovely.

Asakusa district:

Beautiful temples of Asakusa:

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Busy in Tokyo

Lots packed in today. First stop, the park where the Imperial Palace is located. Couldn't get into the grounds, but there's a nice walking/running track around the site.


Then it was off to visit a park with a nice shrine. Something to be said for being in the right place at the right time. Caught 2 weddings taking place on the grounds. Here's a pic of Don at a memorial to an emperor and his wife. They're sake barrels....


Next up...the famous intersection nicknamed The Scramble (for a good reason - 5 huge crosswalks intersecting with a couple thousand people crossing with each change of the lights!). Quite the spectacle:


Been a looooong day.

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Final Call

Tokyo has been a very fun city. Today, our very last day, we did a cycle tour of Tokyo. It included several bridge crossings, a ferry, shrines, history, and interesting tidbits about the city.

Now we wait at Haneda airport preparing for our last journey.

Just a few thoughts for my last entry:

India is always a pleasure; educational, spiritual, colourful, and gives one a real appreciation for what we have, and should never take for granted.

Bhutan was a privilege to see in the early stages of its tourism industry. Gorgeous country with genuinely happy people, proving it just might be the Happiest Country in the World.

And a taste of Japan that was fun, exciting and enlightening.

One I WILL return to, one I hope to return to one day, and one I'm not likely to return to (for the sole reason of cost). So hope you've enjoyed following the blog. Thanks for following. And again, thanks for all the comments. Much appreciated!

Here's a couple of shots to end with from today's adventure....

The fellow in the bright lime jacket is Kazu, one of our fantastic cycle tour leaders.


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