Tokyo day 5 – a very busy last day

It was our last day in Tokyo so I had no mercy for my Little Rascals and their dad and I took them on a looong last-day excursion.

We started with a walk to the Sensō-ji Temple. I mentioned already several times that we prefer sightseeing on foot whenever possible. This way we get to see some hidden treasures which we would normally miss.

The weather looked promising and we all were in good moods. We were also very tired after 5 days of walking, visiting, sightseeing etc. but as I said, I had no mercy this time!

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Little origami shop

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Sensō-ji is located in the Asakusa district. It is the oldest and one of the most important Buddhist temples in Tokyo. Dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

To get to the temple first you have to pass the famous Thunder Gate (Kaminarimon) and then manoeuvre through a crowd of people on the Nakamise shopping street. It’s a nice place to take a look at souvenirs if you like this kind of activity (I love visiting souvenirs shops!)

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Thunder Gate

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The street finishes at the temple’s second gate, Hōzōmon.

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We walked a bit around the park trying to escape the crowds. Especially after more and more Japanese teenage girls were asking for taking a photo with us. Kind of weird feeling which I still cannot get used to.

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And then we walked back to the subway station from where we took the tube to Shinjuku gardens.

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When we got to Shinjuku we decided to have lunch. I LOVE Japanese food!

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Ramen

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Dumplings

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After that, we’ve had plenty of strengths for more walk. Just kidding, we were dying to have a proper siesta! We headed to beautiful and relaxing Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. A place to find calmness within a busy district, close to nature and far from crowds. We loved it, especially after the bustling Asakusa temple. There are different types of gardens, but we decided to stick to the Japanese part and the woods.

On the first day of our visit, I went to Ueno Park to look for blossoming cherry trees. And finally, I found them in full beauty in Shinjuku Gardens. Had I known, we would visit this park at first!

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I felt very cherry-blossom-satisfied

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aerial roots

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Taiwan Pavillon

From Shinjuku Gardens I rushed everyone to the nearby Meiji Shrine Gyoen park to visit the Meiji Jingu, a Shinto Shrine dedicated to the divine spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.

A magical place, an island of serenity in this busy city. Since we visited it in late afternoon hours, there weren’t many tourists. Hidden in a forest offers tranquility and a place for reflection.

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Torii marking the entrance to the Meiji Jingu

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Offering hall

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Ema, wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their prayers and wishes

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Purification fountain

After finding peace of mind in Meiji Jingu, we went to visit the famous Shibuya crossroads. A place famous for being crowded. I have to say that it’s not at all spectacular, but it does look like an anthill during a busy time of the day. We decided to not stay too much time there as Rascals were getting tired, so we just bought a manga book (a souvenir!) and went back to Akihabara. We had to get ready for our flight to Taiwan on the next day.

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Shibuya crossroads

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Akihabara by night

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