A City Explored
04.12.2013 - 07.12.2013
On my final morning, I went on an early walk to Rikugien Garden. This park might seem out of place in a bustling city such as Tokyo, but it comes to no surprise. Japan is after all, well known for their landscaped gardens and Rikugien is only one of many beautiful parks. As one who comes from a tropical country, I felt extremely lucky to finally experience such a wonderful autumn morning walk around the park.
Quoted via http://www.gotokyo.org/:
Rikugien Gardens is one of the most known daimyo teien (garden of feudal lord) from the Edo Period, built by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa who was the favorite retainer of the fifth Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi. Designed to reflect famous scenes from waka poems, this ""Tsukiyama-Sensui"" style stroll garden has also been designated as a national scenic beauty since 1953. The gardens are known as one of the best spots for fall foliage viewing. The annual illumination event during the season invites many people who enjoy the beautiful collaboration between the flame of autumn leaves and the illumination throughout this beautiful example of Edo gardens.
A trip to Tokyo would also not be completed if one does not venture into Akihabara - the electronics goods haven + otaku culture home district.
It is pretty amazing to just walk and soak in the culture here - found no where else in this world.
Next up is Harajuku, another district famous for its teenage fashion. This is definitely a clear example of a mixture of all things modern and traditional as it is also the location of Meiji Jingu, one of Tokyo's oldest and most important shrines.
Located in Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu also provides for traditional wedding ceremonies. During my short 2 hour visit, I actually witness 3 different brides!
Back again to the streets, it was very disappointing that I arrived too late to see any cosplayers. However, I did have a great time hanging out at Takeshita Dori, an extremely crowded street full of teenagers and tourists checking out the latest fashion trends in Japan.
I even stumbled upon Namie Amuro's concert that was going to be held that night at the Yoyogi Stadium. Plenty of fans were buying her merchandise at the entrance!
My final destination before leaving for the airport was towards Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills. I ventured here purely for the view of Tokyo Tower.
The price to go up to the viewing deck of Mori Tower was too expensive for me but luckily, one can actually have a nice, albeit far, view of Tokyo Tower without having to go up. It was a pretty great end to my 3 days in Tokyo.