Exploring Tokyo- New Otani Garden, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens, Shibuya
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I had set my alarm for 8:30 am, out of fear that we would all sleep past noon...but we all woke up naturally around 6:00 am! We are obviously not acclimated to the time change yet! We got ready fairly quickly, and decide to check out the breakfast buffet at the hotel, at the top of the tower. It was fairley expensive, but we reasoned if we ate enough there, we wouldn't need to buy lunch later. ( That's what we had done in Bangkok, 3 years earlier) They had a nice spread, including a chef making custom omelettes. They were great, I went back for another! They had traditional Japanese breakfast foods, rice, noodles, vegetables, etc. as well as traditional Western fare. Bacon, eggs, pancakes, sausage, ham, toast, cereal, fruit, etc.
After breakfast, we went down to the lobby to get a subway map and directions, and Doug and I exchanged some more money. Then we went outside to check out the New Otani Hotel Garden, which is one of the reasons I chose this hotel for us. It's a beautiful, peaceful setting, with a waterfall, a little bridge over a koi pond teeming with large fish, and a small temple. The history of the Japanese Garden dates back over 400 years to the time of the samurai lord Kiyomasa Kato (1562-1611).
A total of 42 stone lanterns are found in the Garden, some along the pathways and slopes, and some by the pond. Some of these are rare, and were brought from different locations by Mr Otani. Some have been here for almost 900 years! There is also a 13-storied pagoda.
The trail around the garden leads past a temple to a small waterfall at the end of a flower garden. It's hard to believe such a quiet, serene spot is in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world! I wanted to spend more time there and take more pictures, but the guys were in a hurry to get going to our next stop. No matter, we'll be here for a few days! I can always come back! We headed off to the nearest subway station to go to our next stop, the Meiji Jingu Shrine.