Wednesday 1st August 2012
01.08.2012 - 01.08.2012 30 °C
We set off for breakfast at around 9.30am and found a bakery style café in Tokyo main station. We then set off on our adventure, taking a regional train to Lleno, where we walked through the park. In the middle of this park is a massive lake, which was covered in giant Lotus flowers. We had a lok around the temple, bought some inscense to light outside. We also bought this fortune teller, which contains your fortune in English.
After this, we left the park and meandered through the streets of Lleno until we came across a large and interesting temple. This temple had smaller buildings around it and an incredibly long arch made out of orange sticks.
We headed off down some residential streets, which had so many cables leading to the houses! We continued to walk with purpose until our map ran out. We then headed in the general direction before becoming incredibly lost. As we clearly looked lost, a lady approached us and offered to help. Following discussions in Japanese with another younger man, it was decided out best bet was to head for the train station. We walked closer, and were then approached by another man who was desperate to guide us. He explained how many stops we needed to take before letting us head off. A couple of minutes later, he came running back up to us. He had been mistaken; it was 3 stops not 2!
We stopped for a lunch of noodle soup before taking the train from Komagone to Nippori.
We took a stroll through Ginza, a local sopping street with quite a lot of hustle and bustle. Afterwards we caught the train to Ikebukura, which was noisy and colourful. This was a lot more like I had imagined Tokyo to be by day. We headed to the cat café, which had about 15 gorgeous pedigree cats.
They were all so adorable! Chris decided he would like one with a squashed looking face.
After a browse around Sunshine City, we headed back to the station and caught a train to Shinjuku to head up the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. On the 45th floor, there is an observatory, which shows off the buildings of Tokyo. We managed ot time our arrival perfectly as we arrived just before dusk and so were able to see Tokyo by day and night.
View from the observatory
We headed back to metro station along the mile long subway tunnels! Once back in the station, we headed for the food outlets and attempted to find an English menu. Failing that, we ate at the restaurant with the most appealing pictures of their food and went for a noodle soup with pork and spring onions.
We continued through the subway tunnels to the Kabukicho area of town. On exiting at street level, our vision was filled with an array of neon lights. There were neon posters with clashing coloured writing written all over them. Every one was very loud with each outlet competing for your attention and custom.
Tokyo by night
There was a huge slot machine arcade, which was brightly lit and quite busy. Out of curiosity, we went in to have a look. It was so loud it hurt your ears. We could not even hear each other shouting. There was just a constant and relatively high pitched ring from the machines.