Sunset over Tokyo

Today we were on Odaiba, a large man-made island in Tokyo Bay, linked to central Tokyo via the Rainbow Bridge. We had dinner there so we could see the sunset and Tokyo bay at night. It was so pretty I didn’t want to leave…I suppose the landscape is so different to what I am used to, it was truly breathtaking. The sun setting over Warrington Golden Gates doesn’t quite have the same effect on me 😉IMG_2877 IMG_2878 IMG_2881 IMG_2887 IMG_2890 IMG_2894 IMG_2896 IMG_2898 IMG_2903

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More temples

Today we went to Kagurazaka, a sloping street near Lidabashi Station. Jonathan had spotted this area from the train as we were going to Akihabara on a previous day so we decided to check it out as we were seeking quieter areas to wander around. We spotted young girls in traditional dress. IMG_2771 IMG_2773 IMG_2775 IMG_2778 IMG_2780 IMG_2782 IMG_2784 IMG_2786 IMG_2787 IMG_2788 IMG_2790 IMG_2796

From busy Shibuya to quieter Roppongi

We went around the very busy shopping streets of Shibuya.This is the view of the streets as we arrived at the train station. IMG_2742

We did a bit of shopping, had lunch but quickly had enough of the crowds. So we walked towards Roppongi Hills and spotted some temples along the way – much more relaxing. IMG_2747 IMG_2748 IMG_2750 IMG_2751

The next picture isn’t blurred. I took it through burning incense.

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We finally got to Roppongi Hills.IMG_2758 IMG_2764 IMG_2768 IMG_2770

Cherry blossoms at Ueno Park

Finally the blossoms are here but it is just the start – it should look amazing in another week or so. Ueno Park is a very popular park for cherry blossom viewing at this time of the year. It is particularly busy as it is the weekend and the locals have picnics all around the grounds.IMG_2590 IMG_2591 IMG_2606 IMG_2623 IMG_2624 IMG_2635 IMG_2650 IMG_2653 IMG_2654 IMG_2714

Tokyo by night

On Saturday we stayed out till 10.30pm – rock & roll ! but after a full day on our feet, we usually long to go home straight after dinner. We soaked up the night time atmosphere. It was so busy! The first 3 pics are from Thursday night when it had been raining. IMG_2453 IMG_2454 IMG_2456 IMG_2733 IMG_2734 IMG_2735 IMG_2736 IMG_2738 IMG_2739 IMG_2740

2 parallel streets yet worlds apart

Today we walked down Takeshita Street in Harajuku, a very busy alley way with many wacky shops and restaurants loved by teenagers.

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Yet 300 yards away is one of the most expensive area of Tokyo called Omotesanda Hills, often referred to as the Champs-Elysees of Tokyo where the most renowned Designer Boutiques can be found and many posh cars can be sighted.

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On a quiet side road we came across some lovely trees – the city has so many facets!

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