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View from hotel room... see that mountain? It's the Fujiyama!
Hey, you know what? If you wanna make sure you have a lot of nice sunny weather on your trips, just hire me as your personal...uhm, sun-maker! haha
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.
Confusing? Nooooooo, not at all! :-P

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.
View from obversation platform in goverment building
Seems like about 1 million other tourists had the same idea that morning! Soooo many people!
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


alicegourmet says:
I love great subway system and they are famous to be on time or stick to the schedule all the time.
Posted on: Dec 14, 2009
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On our way to Asakusa
On our way to Asakusa
Near Sensoji temple
Near Sensoji temple
Near Sensoji temple
Near Sensoji temple
Near Sensoji temple
Near Sensoji temple
Gate to Sensoji temple
Gate to Sensoji temple
Soooo many people!
Soooo many people!
Wie jetzt? Nur für EINE Frau??
Wie jetzt? Nur für EINE Frau??
Gate to Sensoji temple
Gate to Sensoji temple
Gate to Sensoji temple
Gate to Sensoji temple
Gate to Sensoji temple
Gate to Sensoji temple
Oracle self service station ;-)
Oracle self service station ;-)
Incense sticks
Incense sticks
Check the price tag... 15.750 Yen!…
Check the price tag... 15.750 Yen…
Yummy yummy strawberries!
Yummy yummy strawberries!
Some holy water at Sensoji temple
Some holy water at Sensoji temple
Sensoji temple
Sensoji temple
Inside Sensoji temple
Inside Sensoji temple
Inside Sensoji temple
Inside Sensoji temple
To quote H.J.Simpson: Hmmm, unpro…
To quote H.J.Simpson: "Hmmm, unpr…
Area around Sensoji temple
Area around Sensoji temple
Area around Sensoji temple
Area around Sensoji temple
Area around Sensoji temple
Area around Sensoji temple
Another yummy candy!
Another yummy candy!
Barbie and Ken??
Barbie and Ken??
They sure love shiny vending machi…
They sure love shiny vending mach…
Water bus stop over there
Water bus stop over there
For some reason I like blue bridge…
For some reason I like blue bridg…
Asahi Brewery Building
Asahi Brewery Building
Reflection outside Asahi Brewery B…
Reflection outside Asahi Brewery …
Another cool reflection outside As…
Another cool reflection outside A…
View from Mens restroom! Cool, hu…
View from Men's restroom! Cool, h…
Near Imperial Palace
Near Imperial Palace
Near Imperial Palace
Near Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace Area Map
Imperial Palace Area Map
Ginza
Ginza
Cool 6-way cross walk!
Cool 6-way cross walk!
Ill be back! :-P
I'll be back! :-P
This was so sweet: The girl on the…
This was so sweet: The girl on th…
Ginza... so big!
Ginza... so big!
Many people there!
Many people there!
Aaaah! Finally! My beloved Apple S…
Aaaah! Finally! My beloved Apple …
Colorful!
Colorful!
Light changing buildings everywher…
Light changing buildings everywhe…
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