The Meiji Jingu Temple
The Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya Tokyo, surprisingly, in a forest in the city. This is the Shinto Shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.
|Strolling. Remember to Bow before Entering.|
This place is covered by an evergreen forest, where one can enjoy a nice walk in the morning. We intentionally wake up very early in the morning, just to had a lovely stroll around this place, all the way to the shrine.
|Please Rinse hand and mouth before entering the Temple|
Well this is a very sacred place. Therefore, pay respect. Before entering the temple at the main entrance. Bow twice, clap twice and bow once. That's what i know from the guide hehe.
|Make a Wish|
|Believe Gods are Getting Overloaded|
|Fortune Telling Time|
|Take a Stick :D|
|Get Your Omikuji - Poem-Drawing|
|The Qoute from Emperor Meiji|
Next, we went out from the shrine, towards to the main road, Harajuku Station, there is a walking street filled with interesting shops for clothing, accessories, souvenirs, stalls, crepe shops!, cafe and restaurants, the Takeshita-dori Street.
This will be a another long walk. Too much walking!
Don't miss this Takoyaki Stall just near the station. It was pretty good.
|Well Worth The Wait|
|One of the Famous Crepes|
You can walk along this street, towards Omotesando Street for more upscale shops. This direction will lead you towards the Tokyo Tower. But you need to take the metro. Therefore, you are travelling in one direction for the day, saving back/forth time.
The Tokyo Tower
We stopped at Akabanebashi Station and strolled along the streets towards the Tokyo Tower.
I think is a good idea to spend some money on taxi to save both time and energy. Besides you have time and energy to walk.
We arrived! Fun to check out the icon building, although not much to compare with the French Eiffel Tower and the Emirati Burj Khalifah (click here). Inside you get some souvenir, snack stalls and food court.
There is also another tower called the Tokyo Skytree, which i heard was quite awesome and almost twice as tall. Too much tower for me, so i skipped it.
Had some delicious quick meal at one of the small stalls nearby. Nice, simple, home-cook style.
Ginza cum Imperial Palace
Our final stop for today will be Ginza! It is a popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo, with many internationally renowned stores, boutiques, restaurants, etc. Recognised as one of the most luxurious shopping district in the world.
|Ginza Town from Imperial Palace Park|
Well, great fun walking around this huge modern town.
Too huge, need some rest.
|Shopping in Tokyo City|
In addition, a very popular variety store that you must not miss, Yurakucho LOFT. I love this place, there are so much items, like wide variety of beauty & health care products, stationery, retails, modern gadgets, snacks and etc.
|Row of Restaurants|
This place is also famous of its food alleys, mostly under the overhead train tracks. Just like "hawker stalls".
We went to this alley as it was near the place we were having our shopping. There is one restaurant that caught our interest. Glad that we tried, the food was delicious. Must Try and have a pint of local beer.
|Love the Traditional Ambiance|
Regretted for not having more time here. We only have 6 Days (well 2 days are for arriving and departure). Tomorrow will be another long day! Not in the city, but a day trip away from city. Towards Hakone Mountain, to visit the "Valley of Hell" to find the "Black Eggs" an Owakudani specialty. It is said that eating one of these will add 7 years of your life.