Tokyo

We recently spent 10 days in Tokyo exploring everything it has to offer.  I think you will  agree from the list below we certainly made the most of our time there.  I have limited myself to 1 picture of each place we visited. Here are my Highlights, I will let the pictures do the talking.

Day 1

Hama Rikyu

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Koshikawa Garden

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Kyu-Shiba Garden

Day 2 – For the first couple of days we were lucky enough to be shown around Tokyo by Professor Hirata.

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My favourite part of our trip to the National Museum – The room showcasing various weapons and armour from different periods in Japanese History

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Very Rare Pale Yellow Plum

We travelled with Professor Hirata to one of Chiba University’s City Camopuses to give a talk about our TRIAD experience so far. luckily I don’t have any photos of this. Instead a photo of a very rare yellow plum tree in full bloom in a private garden just outside the campus.

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Akihabara

Before heading back to the hotel for the evening we stopped off in Akihabara Tokyo’s electronic district.

Day 3 – Professor Hirata took us to a Japanese garden centre, where there was this quite impressive plum tree. Worked out to be around £300.

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Oldest Bonsai in Japan – 1000 years old!

We went from the garden centre to Tokyo’s Bonsai village, renowned for some of the best growers of bonsai trees in Japan, it was here we saw possibly the oldest Bonsai in Japan if not the world.  Within the bonsai village we visited a very interesting Bonsai museum, photographs were fairly heavily restricted, this was my favourite of what we were able to photograph.

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Shinjuku Train Station

Shinjuku Train Station

Day 4 – We were left to our own devices for the rest of our trip to explore Tokyo.  We managed to squeeze 4 gardens into one day. All as spectacular as the last.

Kyu-Iwasaki-tei, probably better know for its house rather than Garden.

Rikugien

Rikugien

Kyu-Furukawa

Kyu-Furukawa

Kiyosumi - We arrived just in time.

Kiyosumi – We arrived just in time.

Day 5 – We got on a train heading for Mito Kairakuen to see what is known as one Japans top three gardens, lets just say I’ve definitely seen more beautiful gardens while travelling around Japan, the trip was worth it just to see the plum blossom though.

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Within Kairakuen Park we stumbled across a shrine with the most amazing Hinamatsuri display, a room full of traditional hana-ningyo dolls to celebrate girls day (3rd March)

Hinamatsuri Display

Hinamatsuri Display

We then returned to Tokyo and before turning in for the evening we went and witnessed the world famous Shibuya scramble crossing (you can see where it gets its name).  When the lights go green they do so in all directions. Quite a sight to see.

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Shibuya Scramble Crossing

There is to much to share in one blog, Tokyo take two coming soon!

 

 

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