Japan – Tokyo & A Little Bit More

I visited Japan few years ago on a skiing vacation and vowed to return for both the skiing and the sightseeing. I had the opportunity to return recently and on this occasion was able to do more than just ski down the wonderful snow packed slopes of Hakuba.

Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting, landmark, and observation tower situated in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It was opened in mid 2012 and at a height of 634 metres, it is the world’s highest stand-alone communication tower.

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Sensō-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant.

Sensō-ji Temple, Tokyo

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland is rated highly by many Disney theme park aficionados. This is due to sensational themes, polite and highly efficient cast members combined with world class rides and entertainment. The 115 acre theme park is split into two separate sections, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Many reviews rate DisneySea above Disneyland but my family and I much preferred the latter.

Tokyo Disneyland

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Nagano Prefecture

The principle topic of this post is Tokyo, however, a highlight of my visit to Japan (right up there with skiing) was visiting the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. I will discuss these unique animals plus the quality of the ski slopes of Japan in a later post but I could not help but introduce the snow monkeys today.

Jigokudani Snow Monkeys

Shibuya Cross Junction, Tokyo

Cities such as New York and Sao Paulo have hectic pedestrian crossings but the Shibuya Cross Junction in Tokyo is renowned to be busiest of them all. I can well believe it after having visited the crossing during rush hour.

Shibuya Cross Junction

Traditional Kimono

Two lovely Japanese girls agreed to have their photos taken in their beautiful kimonos. This was taken at the entrance of the Shinjuku temple.

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Tokyo Winter Lights

Tokyo Winter Lights