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


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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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  1. 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.