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November 23rd, 2009 – by: Kurisu
Usually I'm sooo lucky with the weather, rarely had really bad weather on my trips.
So today, despite of not-so-nice weather forecast, it's a beautiful sunny day here in Tokyo. Perfect conditions to explore the city! :-)
Tokyo's government buildings are just a few meters away from our hotel. So we went there to go up to the observation platform.
It's free of charge, and you get a very nice view from up there. Actually, they have two platforms, one in each of the two towers.
In one of the towers, there's a visitor information center, were you get plenty of flyers and maps in different languages, even in German.
So this is the perfect starting point!
After that, we checked out the subway at Tochōmae station, which is close to Hilton Hotel.
While trying to figure out how the ticket vending machines work, we discovered that Tokyo's underground transit system is actually operated by different companies.
TMBT being operator of Tokyo Metro and JR East Yamanote Line operating the Tokyo Subway.
As our destinations for today were all accessible by Tokyo Subway, we got a 24 hrs pass for their Toei lines for 500 Yen, which is about 3.86 Euro.
For 1000 Yen, you get a 24 hrs pass for both lines.
Check out Tokyo's subway map! It looks soooo confusing with those many lines! But you get around very easily. And it's not as crowded on the trains as you would imagine.
Very good public transportation system!
Next stop was the famous Sensoji temple in Asakusa.
There are sooo many shops and restaurants in Asakusa.
Well, after the mandatory temple-walk-through we had lunch in one of those small japanese fast food restaurants. Cool thing...You had to choose and pay first at a coupon vending machine, then present the coupon to the waitress, and in just a few minutes you have a tasty japanese meal in front of you! It's so amazing...I mean, it's fast food, and it tastes as good as if you were in a classy restaurant! So cool! Japanese food rules! :-)
After enjoying our nice lunch, we jumped on the subway to Chiyoda to see the Imperial Palace.
The palace is located in a spacious park... check it out in Google Earth, it's sooo huge! Big green park in the center of the city!
The famous Ginza shopping district is just a short walk from there. Wow, this sure is the biggest and most colorful shopping area I've been to so far!
The coolest thing are those huge crosswalks, where people walk in 12 directions simultaneously when lights are green! @.@ Funny!
You can spend hours there! Best thing are the food sections you usually find in the basements of the big department stores. Aaargh! Soooo many delicious things down there! Fruit, Candy, Meat, Pastries... only the best! But soooo expensive! One Cantaloupe for 15.000 Yen???? Ouch! :-P
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