Last day in Tokyo (19 January)

Today after an early breakfast, we headed off to the Tokyo Tower. The view was amazing and we were able to see all the way to Mt Fuji.
Afterwards we made our way to Takeshita Street in Harajuku. This was a pedestrian only street, lined with boutiques and restaurants. The shops were filled with weird and wonderful items.
We had lunch in a small restaurant which served delicious edamame (a new favourite food) and then continued on to the Meiji Shrine. (See below for details).
The shrine and temple were incredible. We even saw a traditional bride at her wedding, which is apparently not a very common sight!
In the evening we stopped for before-dinner drinks at a quaint bar in an alleyway. It was only two storeys and was very rickety, to say the least. We sat on the second level and ordered through a hole in the floor – very unusual and most probably not very OH&S compliant!
I had an early night in preparation for a whole day of travel tomorrow.








“After the emperor’s death in 1912, the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate his role in the Meiji Restoration. An iris garden in an area of Tokyo where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken had been known to visit was chosen as the building’s location.



Construction began in 1915 under Itō Chūta, and the shrine was built in the traditional nagare-zukuri style and is made up primarily of Japanese cypress and copper. It was formally dedicated in 1920, completed in 1921, and its grounds officially finished by 1926. [3] Until 1946, the Meiji Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines. [4]


The original building was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund raising effort and completed in October, 1958.



Meiji Shrine was brought into the flow of current events with the 2009 visit of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After arriving in Tokyo on her first foreign trip representing the newly elected President Barack Obama, she made her way to this shrine in advance of meetings with Japan’s leaders to show her “respect toward history and the culture of Japan.”



In January 2010, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle demonstrated the same respect when he concluded his visit to Japan with a visit of the shrine”. -wikipedia

Shinjuku by night
Snow at Meiji Shrine
Traditional wedding at Meiji Temple. The photos are taken in a public area, so we were lucky enough to see!
View from Tokyo Tower

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