While it was nice to relax out in Nojiri, I’m very happy to be back in Tokyo and all of its modern conveniences. Spent the day just wandering around and surprisingly figured out the trains and didn’t get too lost. It was sunny, humid and hot and I can’t imagine how my Seattle friends would fare here.
Took the train (which is about a block from my hotel) to Tokyo Station. They recently refurbished the brick facade and unfortunately due to the sun and my awful photography skills, the pictures aren’t that great, but I’ll post anyway for visuals.
From Tokyo Station I headed to the Imperial Palace. The buildings are not open to the public, but there are places where you can see the gardens and some of the buildings. An Australian swimmer in the Olympics in 1964 took a swim in the moat and caused a scandal.
After the palace got back on a train and headed to Shinjuku Station, which has been called the world’s busiest railway station, handling more than 2 million passengers every day! Shinjuku is a large entertainment, business and shopping area in Tokyo and has many of the tallest skyscrapers in Tokyo.
For most of the afternoon I just strolled around and walked into a few buildings that had neat looking architectural designs and then to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Kokusai Forum, which is similar to a convention center. The inside was amazing and looked like a metal skeletal structure.
The following were taken from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building from the observation deck on the 45th floor. The building is 243 meters tall.
I started the day early around 8:30am and had to finally head back around 3:30pm because walking in the heat and humidity just wore me out. Finished the day with pancakes filled with maple syrup and took a shower and nap before FINALLY meeting up with my coworker Ardie who was in China the past 10 days. The plan was to spend most of my time here with her, however plans changed and now I’m seeing her for less than 24 hours. We head to Jichi University Hospital tomorrow to visit the pediatric intensive care unit.