Oh, would you look at that we’re halfway through the trip!
Day four, April 25, Saturday.
After another day of waking up before 7am and catching the train in an hour plus a few more minutes of walking…
We had breakfast at Dean & Deluca where we met the third family of Filipinos, our kababayans are so friendly~
Everything in the place was simply mouthwatering in the expensive eatery and the citrus drink was enough to keep me going for another hour of walking.
We arrived to the place we’ve been looking for for the past three days and after countless questions from people, it was quite far from where we thought the it would be located in..
At the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center Observatory, we had to take a less than 2 minutes ride on the elevator to go to the 45th floor which had this spectacular view. What really disappointed us (especially my dad) was how foggy it was for we won’t be able to see the famous Mt. Fuji.
Best part about this? It’s absolutely free! no charge at all when you want to view Tokyo.
Good thing we got a postcard in memory, after my dad bought cultural products from around the observatory. There were lines and lines of products from their provinces like seagull eggs or soy sauce for ice cream + a gift shop on the way out.
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The Nijubashi Bridge leading to the Palace.
Random fact 1: One very important place for the Japanese is the Imperial Palace which serves as the main residence of the Emperor of Japan and his family. 2: On the walkway, no running/jogging is allowed! (witnessed this myself) 3: Expect guards to be watching and biking around all the time. 4: Visitors are not generally permitted to enter the inner gardens or the actual palace buildings. There are exceptions to this rule on December 23, the Emperor’s Birthday, and at the start of the New Year on January 2. 5: At these times, the Imperial family makes a public appearance on the balcony.
Dead hungry and thankfully just by the area we were going to there was a shop that sold bread and we got to two big loaves.
By the bench behind the store, birds were gathering and we gave into feeding these pigeons, even Maya birds and black crows! There was around 10 pigeons, at least, with more and more flying in to get some of their own share.
Read my old post about these creatures here!
Finishing a joyful 1 hour snacks with the birds, we walked around and went to the place that had this huge statue..Statue of Kusunoki Masashige, a legendary samurai warrior.
Random fact 6: Little is known even now about the Kusunoki or their roots.
We then visited Harajuku District for the second time. It is the center of teenage culture where they gather and engage in costume play (cosplay), dressed up in extreme fashion to resemble anime characters. I shall make a separate post about this really soon so don’t miss out~
This is where you will see the 100 yen store which tourists always try to find and actually, it’s Daiso (which has 4 floors!). In Takeshita Street or as I call it the divisoria of Japan in comparison to the Philippines, there’s crowds and only a scarce of space to move or walk in. Like Don Quixote, you’d find really cheap but great items here. I really liked this stall that carved your name in a pair of chopsticks, one stick in english and the other one in Japanese (hiragana or katakana).
Random fact 7: Japanese has no genetic relationship with Chinese, but it makes extensive use of Chinese characters, or kanji. 8: Along with kanji, the Japanese writing system primarily uses two syllabic scripts, hiragana and katakana.
Going up the stairs from the subway we were heading to where our hotel is, Shinjuku District.
We were fortunate enough to see these Sumo wrestlers!!!
A 3000 yen taxi ride and we moved to our next hotel in Ginza: Mercure and just a few steps away for dinner, we had our second fast food: McDonalds + “Tokyo’s #1 ramen cup noodles” + some snacks from the 100 yen store!
These are some of my haul of chips or tidbits of food from Daiso~ and does it look gooood!
Landscape photos by my dad. All photos edited by me.