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Two trips to Tokyo

Published Sun 22 August 2010 03:20 (-0000)
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I love Tokyo. Amazing food everywhere, huge subway and train networks, a great photography gallery, an incredible interactive technology & science museum, bright lights, ultra-fresh sushi, tangled streets with cables and infrastructure everywhere, rain, umbrella locks, and the omnipresent Tommy Lee Jones-fronted drink vending machines.

Here's some photos from my 2009 and 2010 trips. Overcast all the time!

Ueno

Ueno JR station at night
Ueno JR station at night
Ueno pedestrian overpass architecture
Ueno pedestrian overpass architecture
Benten-do shrine in the middle of Ueno Park's lotus ponds
Benten-do shrine in the middle of Ueno Park's lotus ponds
Ueno Park building at night
Ueno Park building at night
Ueno Park building at night
Ueno Park building at night
Stone lanterns by Ueno Park's temples
Stone lanterns by Ueno Park's temples
The lines of the Gallery of Horiyuji Treasures, Tokyo National Museum
The lines of the Gallery of Horiyuji Treasures, Tokyo National Museum
6th century Chinese Head of Bodhisattva
6th century Chinese Head of Bodhisattva
12th Century paper scroll
12th Century paper scroll
Delicious food from the noodle shop by Ueno station
Delicious food from the noodle shop by Ueno station
My new fave sake... whatever brand that is
My new fave sake... whatever brand that is

I stayed in hotels in Ueno on both trips and thoroughly recommend it as a base for exploring Tokyo – it has reasonably-priced hotels, lots of eating options, a big park nearby with a variety of good museums, and has excellent transport links both on the subway & overground networks, and the fast trains to/from Tokyo Narita International Airport.

Asakusa

Monjayaki, cooking away
Monjayaki, cooking away
At the Sumida River at night
At the Sumida River at night
Beautiful building near Asakusa
Beautiful building near Asakusa
Roadside skewer grill in Asakusa
Roadside skewer grill in Asakusa

Akihabara

Tokyo's Akihabara at night
Tokyo's Akihabara at night
Endless electronics stalls in Akihabara
Endless electronics stalls in Akihabara
And the unrealistic sex-stereotypes stores
And the unrealistic sex-stereotypes stores
"Sailor uniforms" come in guy sizes too in Akihabara
"Sailor uniforms" come in guy sizes too in Akihabara
Pash Cafe sign in Akihabara
Pash Cafe sign in Akihabara

Tsukiji

Tsukiji sushi worth waiting for
Tsukiji sushi worth waiting for
Tsukiji sushi chefs
Tsukiji sushi chefs
Delicious fresh sushi, Tsukiji
Delicious fresh sushi, Tsukiji

Odaiba

Artificial sky inside Venus Fort
Artificial sky inside Venus Fort
Dog Bar outside Venus Fort
Dog Bar outside Venus Fort
The distinctive gridlike Fuji Television building
The distinctive gridlike Fuji Television building
Gold needle sculpture in Odaiba
Gold needle sculpture in Odaiba
Mechano-bionic machine display in the Miraikan
Mechano-bionic machine display in the Miraikan
Amazing mechanical messaging computer in the Miraikan
Amazing mechanical messaging computer in the Miraikan
Deep-sea diving sub at the Odaiba maritime museum
Deep-sea diving sub at the Odaiba maritime museum

Harajuku

Stone lion at a streetside shrine
Stone lion at a streetside shrine
Submariners memorial
Submariners memorial
Takeshita Dori St
Takeshita Dori St

Shinjuku

Shinjuku side street
Shinjuku side street
Kimono and headphones, Shinjuku
Kimono and headphones, Shinjuku
Motion driving simulators at Toyota's Amlux showroom
Motion driving simulators at Toyota's Amlux showroom
Tokyo skyscraper
Tokyo skyscraper

Shimbashi

Nakagin Capsule Tower
Nakagin Capsule Tower
Blossoms in Hama-Rikyu Gardens
Blossoms in Hama-Rikyu Gardens
Dingy Apple Inn Love Shop under the train tracks, Shimbashi
Dingy Apple Inn Love Shop under the train tracks, Shimbashi

Mitaka

On the Chūō local line
On the Chūō local line
Metal giant at the Studio Ghibli Museum
Metal giant at the Studio Ghibli Museum
Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park

Around

Delicious bento box from an Ebisu department store
Delicious bento box from an Ebisu department store
Maman sculpture, Roppongi Hills
Maman sculpture, Roppongi Hills
Please do it at home
Please do it at home
Wholesale onry
Wholesale onry
Beautiful Tokyo streetside & shopfront
Beautiful Tokyo streetside & shopfront