Shinjaku, Ginza, Imperial Palace, Shibuya, Omote-Sando, and Harajuku
Mr. Cheung and I arrived into Japan about 2:40 pm on Tuesday, July 1. We actually got in earlier than it was scheduled. Very quickly we went to go get our luggage and then our tickets to take the train into Tokyo. The airport even though they say its a Tokyo airport is in a city called Narita. It's about an hour away from the city of Tokyo. We got settled in and fell asleep. We both had been up for almost over 24 hours and were very tired.
The next day we got up really early and decided to go see what's around. We decided to walk to the Imperial Palace area since that is where the Emperor and his family live. It was about 7 in the morning and the only other people up were those going to work. So went to a water fountain park outside of the Imperial Park area called Wadakura. There we had a picnic breakfast. The birds were not shy and quickly came up to us to get some food. Mr. Cheung was nice enough to feed it some rice.
Afterwards we walked around the park for another hour or so and then headed to big area called Ginza. This is a famous area in Japan for shopping. We walked around for a bit and then went and had lunch. Mr. Cheung and I did stop in a store that was 8 floors of toys and games!
We then went to a place called Shinjaku. This is a big business area and it has a lot of the national government buildings. We got to go in one of the National Government buildings and go to the 45th! floor to see the view of the city. It was a really impressive site. The elevator for the observation deck was fast too! It only had the 1st, 2nd and 45th floor as the options. We stayed in the area until it got dark. It was mainly shopping and business buildings. Mr. Cheung sketched some of the buildings. I timed him, he only takes 5-15 minutes for some of the pictures!
That was the first full day in Japan. Today (Thursday, July 3) we went to an area called Shibuya, Omote-Sando and Harajuku. They were all right next to each other. We visited a shinto shrine that was dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. They were very loved by the people that they donated 100,000 trees to create the forest around the temple.
After our visit we walked around the different areas and just took in the view. We will be leaving for Kyoto (to the west of Tokyo) tomorrow and hopefully I'll put up more information about the places we visited. Enjoy some of the pictures and hopefully I can put up some more later.