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Harajuku on a Sunday, Shibuya, and the Sumo Tournament

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Takeshita-dori street

Ryogoku to Harajuku

 

I arrived at the ticket office in Ryogoku stadum around 745 am and a long line was already formed.

Kendo
  But I managed to get my tickets for 2100 yen. An English pamphlet is provided regarding times and schedules as well as details on the Sumo ceremony.  I left the stadium since the main bouts weren’t going to take place until later in the afternoon.  I decided to hit up Harajuku on a Sunday to check out the cosplayers.  The JR Yamanote line goes round the Tokyo area before I arrived at my stop in  Harajuku station.   I walked down Takeshita-dori street, but it was still early since the shops were just opening.  I ended up in a small park down the street.  I passed by a Torii gate before arriving at a dojo where they practice the art of kendo which is literally the way of the sword.  They had a public display that day with the master and students showcasing the kendo art form with wooden swords.  Towards the end they had a choreographed duel.

 

Meiji Jingu

 

After this event was over, I made my way back to Takeshita-dori street, and by this time the shops were open and a lot more people were walking up and down the street.

Kendo
  I went back to Harajuku station to retrace my path so I can find some cosplayers.  I walked a slight uphill towards a crosswalk bridge, and did not find any, until I found myself at a huge brown wooden Torii gate.  It was the entrance to the Meiji-jingu shrine.  The road leading is made of stones and dirt, and a heavy forested area of trees surrounds the sides.  After about 10-15 minutes I was in the shrine itself.  After I walked around, I left and made my way back to the station.  On the way I bought some souvenirs and had a rice bowl and grounded meat with an ice cold beer which was so refreshing.

 

Shibuya

 

Still could not find any cosplayers, so I took the train to Shibuya to check out Hachiko and the world famous Shibuya crossing.  They say the best spot to view it is from the 2nd story of the Starbucks coffee shop.  I didn’t go in; instead I went to the bridge in Mark City on the 2nd floor way across Starbucks.  It also had a good view.

  After walking back and forth the Shibuya crossing and felt that I had enough, I left for Ryogoku.

 

Ryogoku Sumo Tournament

 

It was around 2 pm by the time I got to the stadium.  My seat was in the very top row way in the corner.  The stadium itself was only 25 percent full.  I watched some matches until it was over around 530 or 6 pm.  It was a nice break from all the walking I have done thus far.   Around 330 or so is when the stadium finally began to fill up since the main bouts were about to take place.  I really enjoyed this experience to be able to watch a Sumo tournament live and definitely worth it in my opinion.

 

I went back to Asakusa to Nakamise-dori street, but a huge crowd was blocking the gate because the festival was still going on.  So I took the back road and found myself around Sensoji temple.  This time a lot more food stands and stalls were open.  I initially planned on eating at a restaurant for dinner, but decided to buy from the food stands instead, that was my dinner.  I spent nearly 2000 yen on an assortment of food that I tried out.  I went back to my hostel to get some rest because I will be going to Nikko in the morning.

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Takeshita-dori street
Takeshita-dori street
Kendo
Kendo
Kendo
Kendo
Entrance to the Meiji Jingue Shrine
Entrance to the Meiji Jingue Shrine
Takeshita-dor street
Takeshita-dor street
Shibuya crossing
Shibuya crossing
Sumo
Sumo
Waitin in line in the morning for …
Waitin in line in the morning for…
Crepe ice cream, yumm.
Crepe ice cream, yumm.
Torii gate entrance to the Meiji J…
Torii gate entrance to the Meiji …
Hachiko
Hachiko
View of the Shibuya crossing from …
View of the Shibuya crossing from…
I got here at 230, and the stadium…
I got here at 230, and the stadiu…
People started to pack the stadium…
People started to pack the stadiu…
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