Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work Blitz (Part 1)

One of the benefits of a working trip is sometimes when you get a nice destination with your flight and accommodation (at least most part of it …) all paid for, all you have to do is extend the trip there for a few more days at your own cost to take in the local sights. And sometime during the working trip … if one is lucky … you get to try nice food for ‘free’  😎

At the closing of my last second day for my working trip in Tokyo, our group was fortunate enough to be treated to a fantastic Japanese restaurant by our Japanese hosts. This place is called Shiba Tofu-ya Uka, located less than 200 metres away from Tokyo Tower.

[Shiba Tofu-ya Uka during the Day]

[Shiba Tofu-ya Uka during the day]

I still remember that when we reached this restaurant, it was a drizzling night. The service of the staff was so good that they even had staff at the front entrance with umbrellas to usher the guest in with shelter ! Absolute amazing first-class customer service ! And to make good impressions last longer, the moment I lifted my head to see how the weather fares, this is the stunning view that I saw:

[The magnificent view of Tokyo Tower surrounded by a misty aura in the drizzling weather]

[The magnificent view of Tokyo Tower surrounded by a misty aura in the drizzling weather]

Ignoring the splatters of raindrops on my face, out whipped my camera to catch this beautifully lit Tokyo Tower. Well … the magnificent views didn’t end there. As we walk further into the Edo-style restaurant, awesome garden views put our footsteps to a stop once again …IMG_2701_M

[The night scene of the in-house Garden of Shiba Tofuya Ukai]

[The night scenes of the in-house Garden of Shiba Tofuya Ukai]

It is seldom that I write so much about one place, in this case, just a restaurant. But in this little corner of a restaurant beside Tokyo Tower, it holds indeed much pleasant surprises for its size. Below are some of the dishes that we were served. Aesthetically beautiful dishes with matching taste, served by traditionally dressed ladies in lovely kimono. Of course, while I didn’t have to worry about my wallet then, a typical full course meal would normally range from 9,000-13,000 Yen excluding service charge.

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But that wonderful meal set the prelude and the tune for the 4 short sight-seeing days after my working trip for which my entire stay in Tokyo was in Celestine Hotel, an elegant-designed hotel with proximity access to several train stations giving easy access to the entire of Tokyo where I was later joined by my son and sister-in-law 🙂 (At least I didn’t have to enjoy the sights alone).

Day 1: From Celestine Hotel,  we walked to the closest attraction, Toyko Tower via Shiba Park which had numerous beautiful blooms within.

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[Beautiful foliage and blooms in Shiba Park, with the last photo with Tokyo Tower in the background]

[Beautiful foliage and blooms in Shiba Park, with the last photo with Tokyo Tower in the background]

Passing-by a ruin mentioned by a signboard to be the remains of the Suiro Waterway of which the significance is lost on me unless someone would be so kind as to interpret the contents on the signboard 🙂

[The remains of Suiro Waterway]

[The remains of Suiro Waterway]

[The sign explaining the significance of this remains]

[The sign explaining the significance of this remains]

Below were some of the photos taken of Tokyo Tower and within Tokyo Tower. I didn’t put any photos taken from the upper deck as during our visit, the upper deck was having renovation on the exterior that partially blocked an otherwise fantastic view of Tokyo city from above.

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[Aerial View of Zojo-ji Temple from Tokyo Tower]

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[Me taking a photo from a Look-Down Glass Floor of Tokyo Tower …. It’s a Long Way Down ….]

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[Standing 333m Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than Eiffel Tower]

After an exciting high attitude morning, we headed towards Shibuya Station where the famous Hachiko bronze statue stands outside the station where this dog’s faithfulness to his master, Professor Ueno became a national sensation where Hachiko continued to await Ueno’s return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station for everyday for the next 9 years, nine months and fifteen days until it’s death. What amazing loyalty indeed!!!

[Hachiko's bronze statue outside Shibuya Station, near the station entrance named "Hachikō-guchi"]

[Hachiko’s bronze statue outside Shibuya Station, near the station entrance named “Hachikō-guchi”]

From Shibuya Station, we made our way to Harajuku at Takeshita Street to try to catch sight of some Japanese teenagers dressed in cosplay costumes …

[Entrance to Takeshita-dori Street]

[Entrance to Takeshita-dori Street]

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[2 Giant She-Robots on vehicles going by the city]

[2 Giant She-Robots on vehicles going by the city]

And finally the famous Shibuya Crossing that is always jammed packed! Yes, we walked the crossing at least twice before proceeding to somewhere higher to take the photos 🙂

[Shibuya Crossing - The Lull]

[Shibuya Crossing – The Lull]

[Shibuya Crossing - The Crowd]

[Shibuya Crossing – The Crowd]

 

[Abit unclear ... but here we have a poor car stuck in the centre of the crossing]

[Shibuya Crossing – The Stuck: Abit unclear … but here we have a car that somehow managed to get himself stuck in the centre of the crossing … haha!]

That ends Day 1 of Tokyo for me … and already the write-out seems a little lengthy with a big bunch of photos. That being the case, I will share more photos of my Tokyo adventures in the coming post somewhere at the end of the week. Till then  😎

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