Experiencing jet lag is nothing funny. Experiencing jet lag for the first time is a nightmare (nomen omen). Experiencing child’s jet lag is like the triple. No one can stand that!
That night was a pure torture, I swear it!
After a sleepless night (spent talking to S for several hours) we woke up just after we finally fell asleep. The alarm clock had no mercy and I had no mercy. Tokyo was calling, I had to answer!
We ate a breakfast and slowly got us ready to leave home. Slooowly! On our itinerary for that day we had a visit to Imperial Palace gardens, Shinjuku district (and if possible park), Yoyogi park with Maji Shrine and Shibuya crossroad. It was a really lovely top to toe plan! A total foolproof, absolutely impossible to accomplish, not with three grumpy kids on board and one grumpy hubby.
But first things first.
We decided to walk from our apartment to the Imperial Palace. The day was nice and we enjoyed seeing different parts of the city. You actually cannot see the palace, but wandering around the gardens, especially with such a lovely weather we had, was very nice and felt like holidays. It was so nice especially as it was so different from what we were used to.
After that, we walked to the subway entrance, ate some pizzas and took a tube to the Shinjuku station to visit the Metropolitan Government Building.
The Metropolitan Government Building has two high towers, in each, there’s an observatory deck located at 45th floor, with free entrance. The North tower is way more vivid, you have plenty of little shopping stalls with postcards, souvenirs etc. It is also opened longer for a public, until late hours. The South tower is much quieter, there was only one cafe shop, no souvenirs, and the tower closes at 17:00.
The view was amazing, we were so high! And there was a sea of concrete in each direction! I hoped we could see Mt Fuji, but unfortunately, we had no luck.
After visiting the towers we felt so tired we decided to go back home. The parks were already closed anyway, and as for Shibuya crossroad and district, we had a full of lights Akihabara on our way back home, so we didn’t feel much need in going further from home than necessary. We were all devastated after the night and needed a good sleep.