Postcards From Tokyo

entrance to Meiji temple

This is the entrance to the Meiji Jingu shrine. We walked through that beautiful forest up to the temple/shrine itself. The site was formerly a field that housed military barracks until the late 19th century, when trees from all over Japan were planted here. It was such a beautiful place I could have spent all day wandering in that forest in the middle of a city.

The humidity and drizzle aren’t conducive to sharp images, but do add atmosphere…

Meiji Jingu in Tokyo

The temple itself. Love this style of architecture.

neighborhood Shinto shrine in Tokyo

You’ll also occasionally see these small neighborhood shrines. Per our guide, they’re the few remaining buildings in Tokyo that are allowed to be constructed entirely of wood. Tokyo was almost completely destroyed by fire following an earthquake in 1923.

wooden shrine in Tokyo

 

hello kitty rocks

tokyo-6

I’m absolutely fascinated with signage here.

coffee vending machine Tokyo

Tokyo means never having to say you’re thirsty. Vending machines are everywhere.  I particularly liked the signage on this one.

park and shrine in Yanaka area

This was a park and shrine in the older Yanaka area of Tokyo. We spent a morning wandering around the neighborhood here.

Yanaka area of Tokyo

This area is one of the few in Tokyo that wasn’t bombed during WWII. It’s a fun place to wander and pick up trinkets, but there are also museums and several beautiful shrines and cemeteries in the area as well.

Ginza district at night

Our last evening in Tokyo we had a fantastic tempura dinner in the Ginza district and wandered around a bit afterward.

We had some rain while in Tokyo, but it was mostly just warm and humid. I’ll have more about some of the amazing food in a later post.

We’re now quite a bit south, near Hiroshima. Here are our lodgings for a few days…

yacht in Onomichi

We’ve been motoring around some of the islands in the Inland Sea…more soon!

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14 Comments

  1. September 29, 2016 / 5:13 am

    I LOVE your travelogue. Japan is on my bucket list!

  2. September 29, 2016 / 5:53 am

    Thank you so much for sharing, it looks amazing!

  3. Suz
    September 29, 2016 / 6:17 am

    Wowza! Your pics are great. Thank you for let us join you on this amazing trip! Suz from Vancouver

  4. Marguerite
    September 29, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Lovely and interesting. Would love to visit Japan. New Zealand is our next far flung adventure.

  5. Andrea
    September 29, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Great photos! And now Yanaka is on my “to see” list! So glad you enjoyed Tokyo in spite of this awful weather we’re having.

  6. citizen spot
    September 29, 2016 / 8:05 am

    And for all of this time I thought YOU were the Coffee Boss! Hahaha! Love the pictures.

  7. September 29, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Such great photos – thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to reading about the food!

  8. September 29, 2016 / 11:53 am

    The upcoming stay on the boat is pretty fascinating Susan. You’ve got adventure running through your veins! Kudos to you and Le Monsieur.

  9. September 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    I love the photos! But–did you see any Geishas??????????

    • Susan B
      September 30, 2016 / 12:08 am

      Not in Tokyo, no.

  10. September 29, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    That first photo is amazing. Perfect. Beautiful.

  11. Judith
    September 29, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    It is always a pleasure to read your posts

  12. October 3, 2016 / 4:50 am

    Really enjoyed your photos and commentary from Japan.

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