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Apr 14, 2016 - Shinjuku (Tokyo)

Thurs 14th 13-18°C cloudy, rainy. Started the day with a wander about some of the skyscraper district, leafy, wide paved paths, huge buildings, immaculately clean. We had breakfast at a Royal Host. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants out of sight, many beneath the high rise blocks, catering for the multitude of office workers. Mel went off to karaoke, a gaming arcade, and to study. I went to the Edo-Tokyo museum. After paying ¥600 entry I travelled by long escalators to the 6th floor entry. I walked through to find myself on a balcony...

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Apr 13, 2016 - Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo) late blossoming sakura

Wed 13th 11-19°C, cloudy, scattered showers I left Mel doing uni work, and went to Shinjukugyoen gardens and park. Huge green space with Japanese style garden, French formal garden, and English lawn garden. The main sakura variety that most people know, Somei Yoshino, is finished in Tokyo, but here at the Shinjuku gardens there are many late flowering varieties. I went to have a look and stayed 3 hours. These late flowering sakura are magnificent, even though not mass planted like the Yoshino. After today, I am officially sakura'd out....

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Apr 12, 2016 - Shinjuku (Tokyo)

Tues 12th 8-16°C clear, beautiful morning, slight chilly breeze. Checked out of the Odakyu station hotel, a good stay in single rooms with plenty of space and large desks. Did some shopping before catching our train to Shinjuku. Yesterday we were looking through the window of a similar train to find the seat numbers at the rear of the car, so we could book those seats, because there is a space behind to put our large luggage. Suddenly a very loud and curt voice issued from the loudspeakers all along the platform commanding us to move back...

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Feb 16, 2014 - More of Exploring Tokyo!

Yesterday we went for a walk from Shinjuku towards Harajuku. We walked via the Meiji-jingu shrine. it is Tokyo's grandest Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji (1868-1912) and Empress Shoken. It is surrounded by an amazing forest and was quite hard going with the snow, but well worth the visit. We saw wedding processions where the bride and groom were in traditional dress (kimono and yukatas). The bride and groom are very serious indeed! Seemed as though  smiling for photos was definitely not allowed!  Whilst we were taking photos of...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Tokyo

Our first day was a gentle day after yesterday! We really could not face taking a train, bus or taxi anywhere! Because we didnt have dinner last night, we were all starving hungry, so we went mad at the breakfast buffet! We explored the two department stores near us, Tokyu Hands and Takashimaya. Of course Edward got some new Lego and Moose went hunting for some decent shoes to wear in the snow. We spent the remainder of the day exploring the local area. We tried to get into a huge park we can see from our hotel, but it was closed due to...

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Feb 14, 2014 - We've arrived at last!

Hi all, welcome to our first blog posting. We slept very badly on Thursday night, probably due to a mixture of excitement and worry that we might miss our 6am flight. Archie was the first to get up at 2am, I was soon after, then Edward and Moose at 3 am. Flight was uneventful, but full of Aussie's going snowboarding in Nisseko. We arrived in Tokyo and, for the first time ever for us, we landed in a snow storm. Our plan was to send two big bags of snow gear straight to Hakuba, but the delivery guy said due to the snow, it could take up to...

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