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... style. A visit to the Meiji Toju Shrine which was identical to the one we saw on Saturday. Bonus was it was late afternoon and ************e there so quite serene. And we saw another traditional style wedding. If you come to Tokyo can recommend including a weekend so you see the weddings at the shrines. Around Harajuku Station is jammed packed with people and a carnival atmosphere, even Hari Kristna dancers.
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We stop by the onboard restaurant early as we have a long day ahead of us. Today we embark on a 9.5 hour excursion to the ancient capital of Japan—Kamakura
Kamakura is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, more than an hour south of Tokyo.
Kamakura became the political center of Japan, when ...
... up the side of a wooded hill to the Big Budda, the trail was great but quite slippy after the rain, I was surprised to see many types of people doing it from young kids to old grannies and even a woman dressed up nice in high heels, not sure she got far though. On the way we visit Jochiji temple which was like the previous one however it had a statue of the god of happiness, which was basically a fat guy with his belly hanging out and if you rubbed it a bit you ...
... populace. I am greeted by a massive tower looming above me,
the scale of which I tried to encapsulate in a picture, but I’m unsure I was
able to. The museum had 3 parts. There was an exhibition by a Taiwanese artist,
the Tokyo City View and a doll exhibition. The last really did not interest me,
but there are some pictures there that show you just how crazy the life of a
doll fanatic can be. The city view was astounding. Unfortunately the ...
... out of everything.
Once we had our fill of the market, we headed to the Hamarikyu Gardens. They were some typical gardens of the Edo era that belonged to the Tokugawa Shogun family. It's really nice to see all this greenery in such a major city, it was as if we left to some park far away. Very peaceful. We wandered a bit and mostly just rested by a nice pond before catching a water bus up to Asakusa.
There, we went to see the Tokyo SkyTree. At 634m tall, ...