High buildings rule! Oh, and communication towers, too! :-P
Tokyo Travel Blog› entry 7 of 15 › view all entries
November 24th, 2009 – by: Kurisu
I mean, not in a negative way... but people usually have a certain idea about other countries, right?
What's your opinion about...let's say... Germany? Bratwurst, Lederhosen, Beer, Oktoberfest?? Haha, come on, admit it! :-P
So my idea of Japan - especially Tokyo - was something like this:
1. No space...everything must be cramped in there
2. Far to many people no matter where you go
3. Subway is always overcrowded
4. People eat mainly sea food
5. No place to drive a car, all cars standing in one giant eternal traffic jam
6. If you don't speak Japanese you will be lost
Well, I stand corrected.
Of course I didn't visit every part of town.
But I was surprised how spacious most of the areas where. Broad sidewalks, many people riding their bicycles, not that much traffic. Always some green park in between or temple.
Sure, there were many people in some areas, like the shopping districts Ginza, Shibuya or Kabukichō. But I didn't feel uncomfortable. I mean, go to Munich during Oktoberfest... far more people than in Tokyo! (Haha, probably just all the japanese people from Tokyo there)
Subway was crowded sometimes, but it was not so different compared to other subways, may it be in Asia, Europe or America.
Yes, you get a lot of sea food... but there is soooo much other delicious food! I really didn't expect that variety! And soooo delicious! :-)
True, most people don't speak english.
Expensive? Well, prices were comparable to Europe... maybe a little cheaper. So it was no big surprise for me.
--- ooo ---
Big shock this morning!
My friend Joe, who did all the planning on this trip, got sick! :-(
He couldn't get out of bed... told me he probably got infected on his trip to Lhasa two weeks earlier, didn't feel so good since then.
Great! A beautiful sunny day, and Joe can't make it!
So after buying some drinking water for Joe at a convenience store nearby, I went out to explore the city on my own.
Checked out a few shopping areas, had some nice street food.. but destination of the day was Tokyo Tower!
Tokyo Tower is mainly a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park.
It was completed in 1958 and looks like a replica of the Eiffel tower in Paris, France.
Did you know that this tower is the tallest self-supporting steel structure in the world? I didn't :-P
They have two observation platforms: One at 150m, one at 250m. Ticket for the 250m platform cost 600 Yen extra.
If you go up there, be sure to buy the 250m ticket! It's such a great view from up there!!
I arrived at around 6pm up there... it was already dark by then.
WOW! It's amazing! Sooo many buildings, as far as you can see! Really impressive!
I took about one million of pictures, being up there for almost an hour.
As I didn't want my friend to be alone all night long, I went back to the hotel after that... well, after a short stop in Akihabara...
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