Entries from May 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Final Days in Tokyo

On Friday, we woke up to a rainy day. Not letting that slow us down, we spent the day in both Harajuku and Shibuya. It was kind of interesting to see the city in the rain from the standpoint that life goes on, except with umbrellas. In a city as crowded as Tokyo, there is […]

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

A Mountain Retreat

On Thursday, we left the hectic pace of central Tokyo for the relative quiet of Mount Takaosan. 50 minutes outside of central Tokyo by train, though apparently still within the city’s boundary, the mountain is considered sacred and contains several minor shrines and a larger Buddhist temple near the top. While it was a somewhat […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

A Second Try, Sumo & The World’s Busiest Pedestrian Crossing

Wednesday began with us heading back to Akihabara’s Electric Town for another crack at gadget buying. When we first went on Monday, I couldn’t help but feel that we missed a lot of the stores, so I wanted another chance to see more of the area. This time, we did see many more electronics stores […]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Covered lots of ground

Wednesday was a pretty full day. We started out a little later in the day, knowing that we were going be out into the evening. We began by visiting the Hamarikyu Garden near our hotel. It’s a large garden with walking paths, ponds and a 300 year-old pine tree. It’s a nice break from the […]

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Roppongi and Akihabara

Monday, we spent the day in the Roppongi and Akihabara areas of Tokyo. Roppongi is home to the new Roppongi Hills development, a super-modern city-within-a-city replete with shopping, offices, restaurants, and schools all within a couple city blocks. It’s a confusing maze of levels, walkways and corridors that weave their way through typically beautiful yet […]