I am soooooo tired. I only slept about 2 hours last night (and that was interrupted from a nightmare that woke me up ~ Um, excuse me, subconscious. I’m on vacation!) and we were walking pretty much non-stop from 8am to around 6pm. ATM, I can barely move my legs. I have to get to sleep pretty much right away because tomorrow is another long day and I have to be up at 5. So, for now, I’m just going to post the pictures and I’ll come back and add anecdotes and edit later. (I have notes!) (Back to add more info now! – April 17)
much better view from our hotel room – This will be our home for the next 8 days.
Gudetama display in some business building we popped into on the way to the train station because they had a Starbucks (which we didn’t buy anything from).
morning rush hour
JR Yamanote line train – This line makes a loop around central Tokyo. It’s basically the only one we use.
For those that don’t know~ No, those aren’t SARS masks. Japanese people (and many other Asian countries) wear masks when they are sick so they don’t spread their germs, if they are suffering from allergies, or if they are susceptible to becoming ill. It’s a politeness thing. There are so many people densely packed into a small area. No one wants to be sneezed on.
First stop ~ Ueno Station. From here, we had to transfer to the Ginza line (not a JR line – the ONLY train we had to pay for) to go to Asakusa.
trying out melon flavoured Calpis – not bad, but I didn’t drink it all
not too busy
Our JR passes will cover almost every single ride for our entire trip except this one. There are many different companies operating train/subways lines in Tokyo. JR (Japan Rail) is owned by the government, I believe, and the largest. The Ginza Line is part of the Tokyo Metro Subway company… I think.
There is helpful signage to know which exit to take out of the station.
station art mural
Many restaurants display plastic replicas – sanpuru (sample) – of their menu to tempt passersby and make ordering easier.
Another koban. My collection is underway. (See? Giving directions. Haha)
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
Kaminari Gate – the entrance to the temple & shrine complex
There are a LOT of rickshaw in the area. The drivers give tours with information and anecdotes about the sites.
How they can keep up with traffic… pretty amazing.
Tokyo Skytree in the distance – It was on our Plan B for the day, if we had had more time, but didn’t make it.
Skytree and the Asahi Breweries (It took me years to realize that the building is supposed to look like a glass of beer.)
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