We started day 6 early morning by getting a train to Yokohama to go and visit Sankeien Garden, well worth the journey. Hard to pick a favourite photo, but I feel this one really captures the essence of the Garden.
We then travelled back to Shinjuku Station, it was only a short walk to Shinjuku Gyoen, I think this picture captures perfectly the harmony between high rise buildings and the garden spaces.
Next we travelled a short distance from Shinjuku to Harajuku where we were just in time to visit Meji Jingu Garden before it closed. The lighting was perfect.
We popped just around the corner to visit Meji Jingu Shrine aswell.
Just as the sun was going dow we briefly stopped by Yoyogi Park.
Before heading back to the hotel for the night, we decided to go and try and get a view of the Tokyo Skytree, my camera had long run out of battery at this point so I struggled to get the tower all in one picture on my phone.
We were lucky enough on day 7 to be shown around by Chisato Suzuki, an old student from APLHA now working in Tokyo, we met up early and made our way to Tsukiji fish market, we arrived before 9, but the frantic bidding for the produce had already ended. Was very interesting to see what was on offer, and it doesn’t come any fresher!
Our plan to visit The Imperial Palace East Garden on our first day was somewhat hampered by the torrential downpour, we made our way there following the fish market. It’s amazing how most of these gardens are surrounded by high rise buildings but they still manage to be so quiet and relaxing.
Next we headed to Jindai Botanical Museum, it was a shame not to see the quite impressive looking rose Garden, but it is impossible to see everything. I did however enjoy the woodland section of the garden.
We were cutting it very fine to get to the last Garden of they day, we arrived at Tonogayato Gardens literally a couple of minutes before last entry, it was well worth the scramble, a Garden on smaller scale to a lot we had seen, but hidden down in one corner, was the most amazing pond. So tranquil and quiet, you would hardly know you were in Tokyo.
We were up early to catch a Jet boat at 8.10 from Tokyo to Oshima Island.
We arrived on Oshima Island and caught a bus up to where they hold they annual Camellia Festival, the picture says it all. A world record collection of Cameillia’s
Once we had finished photographing almost every single Camellia we caught another bus to the top of the island, here stood Mount Mihara, an active Volcano crater, you can see in picture the lava trail from when the volcano last erupted in 1983. Unfortunately we did not have time to walk to the top where you can apparently stare down onto an orange glow of molten lava.
We caught a bus back down to Ohara port, where we took another jet boat across to Atami, where we then travelled to Hakone.
We set off on foot in the snow from our hotel room to catch a bus bound for Gora Station, this is where we got on the Hakone Ropeway to travel up to Owakudani where we hoped to get a good view of Mount Fuji, as you can see from the photo our hopes were soon dashed by the weather.
Once we had finally given up all hope of viewing Mount Fuji, we got back on a train heading for Tokyo, near by our Hotel in Ochanomizu we stumbled across one of the most spectacular shrines I have seen so far Kanda Myojin.
Tokyo was amazing, we certainly made the most of the time we spent there, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t glad to get back to my little dorm room on Awaji Island.