Day 5: Tokyo Tower, Harajuku & Meiji Shrine

We had a little bit of a late start. We didn’t get to Tokyo Tower until almost 10:30. We also took an extremely long, boring route to get there. The hotel concierge guy drew on one of the hotel maps which way to go, but after I realized where it was in relation to the hotel from looking down at it, I saw a much more convenient and visually appealing route (which we took on the way down to the subway afterwards).

The bottom (entry) level of the tower had Tokyo Tower related souvenirs and, oddly, a Michael Jackson wax museum. Japanese people just love MJ.

They have their own character mascots (of course) – the Noppon brothers. Hubby bought me a stuffie.

b3708-day2b52b240

Does it look like a tower to you?  Yeah, me neither…

a87da-day2b52b62

There was a Marion Crepes (same chain as in Harajuku) just outside so I naturally had to partake.

39f7f-day2b52b67

The route we took down to station passed by the other side of the shrine that we saw from our hotel room. The street was tree-lined and beautiful. It was a surprise as we walked along to see the backs of the jizo peeking from between the trees.

The little stone statues are jizo – the Buddhist protectors of babies that either died before/just after/during birth or unborn. Parents often buy these little red hats to clothe their jizo and leave flowers and small toys.

We got to Harajuku around 2pm – much too late to see anything really fun on the bridge. It was pretty disappointing. We didn’t even bother trying to find the rockabilly dancers in Yoyogi park.

8aa91-day2b52b123

Yep. That’s a dude.

3646a-day2b52b128

FREE HUGS

56198-day2b52b209

nice boots

The very first track on my “Japanese on the Go” tape (I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before…) starts off with this introduction:

“On a sunny Tokyo morning,
you’re strolling through the elegant gardens of the Meiji shrine.
The only sound is the crunch of your shoes on the gravel path.”

From the very first time I heard that sound, I always thought ‘someday, I have to go there myself’. Today was that day.

3188d-day2b52b145

taking video of everything

557e0-day2b52b151

we saw three separate wedding parties

e3a6a-day2b52b156

this little guy totally photobombed

b609e-day2b52b169

I made a prayer to one day return to Japan.

b0358-day2b52b178

miko-san

2010 5 81

I bought amulets for us. I think mine was just general good luck and Hubby’s was for good business.

On our way back to Harajuku, we stopped to eat at at restaurant near the gardens.

26083-day2b52b198

Hubby had regular meat spaghetti and I had mushroom (but I picked out the mushrooms).

3838a-day2b52b195

my staple drink, milk tea – always served as “make it yourself” with a liquid sugar and a creamer

c1366-day2b52b199

Hubby’s beer was the size of his head

2edae-day2b52b196

Sitting behind us was a group of women in kimono. I liked the green one and wanted Hubby to take a picture. He kept pretending he was taking pictures of his beer or of me.

05dde-day2b52b189

6a911-day2b52b193

Busted!

ee8b3-day2b52b197

finally got one though – pretty colours!

We decided to take another trip down Takeshita dori. I had more crepes. ‘Cause… crepes.

There is a karaoke place in Hamamatsucho that we went to on the way home. It was way nicer and easier to use than the one in Shibuya. They gave us an English instruction page.

53313-day2b52b223

BTW~ our bed in this hotel was HUGE. Just thought I should share that. When we were booking our hotels, it seemed as though the biggest available was queen. Only doubles in most places. I guess we lucked out.

(originally posted to Japan – Here I Come!)

This entry was posted in japan and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Day 5: Tokyo Tower, Harajuku & Meiji Shrine

  1. Pingback: Japan Trips Index | blah blah blah

  2. Pingback: Day 0: Flight & Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo | blah blah blah

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s