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Bunkyō-ku

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  • Day199

    Tokyo épisode 8 : Ueno et Yanaka

    July 26, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Aujourd'hui, direction Ueno, un quartier au nord de la ville connu pour son grand parc ! Malgré la chaleur, nous arpentons les bords de l'étang recouvert de nénuphars et entourés de buildings, un paysage typique de Tokyo. Nous visitons le Kyu-Iwasaki-tei garden, un jardin qui marie habitation traditionnelle japonaise et un bâtiment fortement influencé par l'architecture européenne. Fort d'un pass qui nous ouvre les portes de beaucoup de musées, nous visitons le Shitamachi Museum qui retrace le Tokyo d'antan. Après un bol de soba, nous partons à l'assaut de Yanaka, le vieux Tokyo. Coincé entre Ueno et la voie ferrée, le quartier vit au ralenti. Nous déambulons dans le grand cimetière éponyme, les ruelles habitées et le Yanaka Ginza, avenue rassemblant les boutiques traditionnelles du coin. Une promenade des plus plaisantes qui nous rappelle qu'il n'y a pas que des hommes d'affaires à Tokyo !
    On termine la journée par un Kura sushi, un restaurant qu'on adore alliant tapis roulants, commande à la tablette et délicieux sushis !
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    MARIE HERVE

    Merci de nous faire decouvrir Tokyo sous tous ses angkes, impressionnant cette ville, ils ne vous restent que quelques jours il me semble avant de rentrer donc bonne fin de votre grand periple, et un grand merci de nous avoir fait voyager avec vous, bisous

    7/28/20Reply
    Cannelle Nommay

    Trop joli ! Toujours un plaisir de suivre vos aventures les amis ! Le resto de sushis, incroyable!! J'en avais fait un aussi, une fois qu'on le teste, on a envie d'y retourner tout le temps hihi

    7/30/20Reply
     
  • Day200

    Tokyo épisode 9 : Kasumigaseki

    July 27, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Aujourd'hui, direction l'hypercentre de Tokyo, le quartier de Kasumigaseki, connu pour abriter les bâtiments administratifs du pays. Le ministère des affaires étrangères, le parlement ainsi que la Diète (demeure du gouvernement) sont ainsi concentrés jusqu'à côté de l'immense parc du château impérial. On flâne dans les parcs zens et essayons d'apercevoir le mystérieux bâtiment où vit l'empereur japonais, inaccessible au commun des mortels...
    Pour l'après-midi, direction le Tokyo Dôme ! Connu pour accueillir les grands matchs et concerts, l'infrastructure est fermée pour cause de virus épidémique. Mais juste à côté, le centre commercial et parc d'attraction se mélangent pour donner un lieu insolite ! Les montagnes russes traversent les immeubles, les descentes d'eau arrivent devant les magasins... Un lieu pas banal ! On se pose manger une pizza (premier plat européen depuis longtemps) avant de se diriger vers le Koishikawa Kōraku-en, un grand jardin zen ou petites rivières et colinettes sont quelque peu gachées par le Dôme en arrière plan. Pour finir la journée, direction Ebisu ! C'est dans ce quartier du sud-ouest de la ville que nous retrouvons Riana, une amie japonaise qui avait vécu en France ! On se pose au Yebisu Beer Garden pour déguster une bière du coin. Après de passionnantes discussions sur la France et le Japon, on se mange un bol de udons avant de se quitter. On part déjà dans deux jours, on doit préparer nos sacs !
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  • Day11

    Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

    November 24, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The gardens were next to a baseball field. We saw high school kids practising and we could hear plenty of enthusiastic cheers. We also saw tourist buses parked along the street and we hoped that the gardens wouldn't be as full as Ninenzaka Path in Kyoto.

    When it was time to purchase entry tickets, Mom and Dad availed senior discount rates. Already we could see some tourists by the entrance. When we walked inside and got to the clearing, we breathed a sigh of relief as it was spacious and the amount of people were nowhere near what we experienced in Kyoto.

    There were a plenty of trees exhibiting autumn hues. There was a huge, man-made lake in the middle with big fish bobbing their heads up. They also had a 'Japanese traditional' Café that overlooked a smaller pond but this was full of guests at the time of our visit. There were families, groups of tourists, enjoying the scenery and spending time with each other. There were lovers too in some less trodden areas.

    After our groupfies, Mom and Dad made their way to an area where they can take more photos by the lake, whereas my sister and I made our way to the stream with pebbles and boulders, closer to the red bridge. We tried to capture the mood and looked pensive as we took turns taking photos of ourselves amidst this overcast setting. At the top of the hill there was a couple politely chatting to each other and from there we saw Mom and Dad enjoying their scenery by the lake.

    It was dark when we finally left the gardens. The baseball practice across the road was still ongoing. We wondered what time they would finish as it was a school day again tomorrow.

    We took the train back to Akihabara. We noticed that this train line (Toei) goes deeper underground than the other train lines. You need to go down about 4 sets of lengthy escalators. Amazingly, there were bright LED lights on the subway platform that made it seem like there was daylight, helping anyone with claustrophobia or any related anxieties.
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  • Day242

    Edo-Museum und Tokyo Dome

    December 21, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Heute wollen wir eigentlich zum Tokyo Dome- dem Baseball-Stadion in Tokio. Zusätzlich zum Stadion gibt es noch andere Attraktionen, es ist um den Tokyo Dome herum nämlich eine eigene kleine Stadt mit kleinem Freizeitpark etc. entstanden.
    Nachmittags, nach dem Einkaufen, wollen wir los. Zuerst heißt es, dass zwei von Bastis Zimmermitbewohner mitwollen, weshalb wir dann erst spät losgehen. Kurz bevor wir aber aufbrechen ändern sich die Pläne- Bastis Mitbewohner wollen plötzlich nicht mehr zum Tokyo-Dome (da sind ihnen zu viele Menschen) sondern ins Edo-Museum und Basti sagt natürlich direkt zu. Das war so nicht abgesprochen....
    Schlecht gelaunt machen wir uns dann ins Museum, aber mein Interesse ist nicht besonders geweckt. Irgendwie hat das Museum auch nicht so viel zu bieten: es besteht hauptsächlich aus einem aus der Edo-Zeit nachgestellten Dorf. Die Häuser sehen alle gleich aus: alle haben denselben Boden, sind gleich angeordnet... hat mich nicht wirklich gepackt... immerhin hatten die Jungs ihren Spaß.
    Nach dem Museum gehen drei von uns (Basti, Flo und ich) dann auch endlich mal zum Tokyo Dome. Da es schon dunkel ist können wir die schönen Illuminations bewundern. Ein kleiner Weihnachtsmarkt, über den wir schlendern, Achterbahnen durch Kaufhäuser, eine Wildwasserbahn,... Tokyo Dome City hat wirklich einiges zu bieten. Im Baseball-Shop informieren wir uns etwas über das lokale Team, im Shonen-Jump Shop fangen die Augen der Jungs an zu strahlen:One Piece und Merchandise von vielen anderen Animes gibt es hier zu kaufen. Auch gibt es viele Arcades (Spielhallen). Die Illuminations gefallen mir am besten: alles so schön beleuchtet und angestrahlt! Mit all den Läden und Attraktionen hat sich hier wirklich eine kleine eigene Stadt aufgebaut. Auf jeden Fall interessant anzuschauen!
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  • Day79

    Tokyo 5 - Universität und East Garden

    April 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Erstes Ziel heute war der Hauptstandort der Universität Tokyo. Wie auch bei unseren großen Unis, sind die verschieden Fakultäten hier in Tokyo über die ganze Stadt verteilt aber der Hauptcampus ist natürlich der größte und historisch wichtigste Standort. Das Camupsgelände ist sehr weitläufig und durch die vielen Bäume und Grünflächen sehr schön gestaltet. Soweit ich es sehen konnte, gibt es auf dem Campus auch keine "neumodischen" Gebäude, was ich sehr schön finde.
    Anschließend war ich im East Garden des Imperial Palace. Es handelt sich dabei um die Gartenanlage, die den ehemaligen Palast umgeben hat. Vom Palast existiert heute keines der Gebäude mehr, aber die Gärten sind für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich und gerade jetzt im Frühling wirklich toll.
    Selbst die Geschäftsleute nutzen ihre Mittagspause, um durch die Gärten zu spazieren.
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  • Day6

    TeNQ You Sailor Moon?

    April 13, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Of course Tokyo had a cool JAXA space museum that includes a lab with some actual physicists in it and an exhibit dedicated to Sailor Moon. Because Japan.

    Observations:

    (TeNQ is also at Tokyo Dome but it gets a post of it's own because, Space-Geek).

    Don't be intimidated by the Japanese-ness of this museum, it's staffed by people who are what I'm learning are typically Japanese in their hospitality - super helpful and super friendly. We were even offered an Easter Egg lucky dip at the purchase of our tickets.

    When you purchase your tickets you can get an English version of the pamphlet that pretty much explains the narration. But a staff member came over and explained what would happen next anyway. There are also English descriptions on all the exhibits/games and the staff speak enough English mime to help get you through everything. I think there was only one game we couldn't play - and it had a warning in English that it was Japanese language only.

    I had to use some pics from the internets for the viewing screen and the wall projections since you can't take photos - they don't really do either justice anyway because they are a pretty darn cool use of projection mapping - this ain't no PowerPoint presentation!

    After being bedazzled by projections, you go through to a science exhibit about space research. I'm enough of a space geek to know that their material is all pretty recent though - so they clearly keep this section up to date.

    The University of Tokyo has an annex in TeNQ called the "Science Area" which is basically some scientists in a glass walled lab that everyone can see working. No photos allowed of their research of course. A lot of universities do this these days, it's like a really geeky version of Big Brother.

    They have some interactive games including a personality test that I think was better in the way it asked the questions than for the actual result:

    Spacecraft personality type: You are the "Sakigake" type, constantly pursuing a new path. Like Sakigake, which was launched as a test probe for Halley's Comet.

    Alien personality type: You are the "Princess Kaguya" type, the lunar princess boasting great beauty.

    Speaking of Sailor Moon, Princess Kaguya was a main villain multiple times because her main mission was to cover the Earth in snow and ice to make it part of her "collection" of ice planets. So I'm not sure what TeNQ is trying to say about that one...

    The Sailor Moon is totally for the fan-girls, of which there were some. Possibly the main reason why some of them were there in the first place. But whatever works really.

    You can also get your photo taken with an life-size replica of an Asgard from Stargate SG1. Combined with the Star Wars merch outside and I'm thinking the special exhibit is a revolving collection of pop culture references. Sassy.

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    Ree Griffiths

    Is it as good as DL though. I think I would just love this place.

    4/13/18Reply
     
  • Day15

    Last night in Tokyo

    March 26, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Gateway Hotel Narita near the Airport ready for our flight home tomorrow.
    Had a long train trip here lots of walking and waiting to get the right train.
    Booked in to the Hotel fairly late after catching our first Taxi for the holiday.
    The Italian Restaurant was still open and we were met down stairs by the two girls
    fresh from showers and wearing the robes from their room.
    Next morning we were up and out to the mall after a visit with the fish.
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  • Day2

    Tokyo Hotel Agora Place Asakusa

    March 13, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    After a long trip on the plane, a long trip on the train then navigating via Google map it was wonderful to arrive at our hotel. our first experience of the Japanese heated toilet with the squirt option, it was love at first try, once your butt hits the heated seat it has won you over, not to mention the rest ( I promised Ray I wouldn't mention the squirt option).
    The girls loved the night shirt supplied by the hotel, Immy wouldn't give it up, Ray sort of looked OK in it and of course mine didn't fit!
    April was really happy with their room especially when she saw ours.
    There were lots of goodies in the bathroom, little hairbrushes, sponges shape like animals as well as the usual shampoo, conditioner and tooth brushes.
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  • Day17

    Tokyo: Time to go

    September 27, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Woke up on the next morning and started to dismantle my bike. I was feeling a bit sad, knowing this meant that the tour is over. I walked to a temple nearby and sat inside the temple for a while. It was very peaceful. But it was time to go. I reluctantly walked to the train station with my heavy bags on my shoulders. I bought the shinsanken ticket and travelled back to Tokyo. Amazing that it only took the shinkansen 2 hours to reach Tokyo..Read more

    Babi Bodo

    Schöön!

    9/29/16Reply
     
  • Day2

    Narita Airport Tokyo

    March 13, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    After collecting our luggage our first job was to locate the Exchange Office for our rail passes.
    Over to April and the job she would have to take on for the entire trip, well almost.
    It was a long process as we had purchased four 7 day passes then thought about it and purchased another four 7 day passes for the second week. This proved to be an advantage but more about that later. We were all given a rail pass lanyard to carry our passes in and hang around our necks.
    We also had to purchase Suica cards to ride on the Subway trains, the cards were 5 yen each then you loaded money on to it as required.
    Next we had to catch a train to Asakusa which looked close on the map but took over an hour.
    There was a friendly guy on the train that asked if we needed help, he worked for a Japanese domestic Airline, had finished work and was on his way to his girlfriend's place. He spoke English which we were to find was a rarity on our travels.
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Bunkyō-ku, Bunkyo-ku, 文京区