Dr. Chun
Tokyo, Japan

June, 2013

 

During the summer of 2013, I took a semi-backpack trip to Japan by myself.  I like traveling alone because I feel like I can do more, but feel less tired.  The first stop was the capital city, Tokyo.



     
     
013 Destination Tokyo!  I arrived at Narita International Airport safe and sound in the late afternoon. 023 At the airport, I bought round-trip Keisei Skyliner tickets along with a discounted pass for three-day unlimited rides on Keisei metro lines.  The high-speed train was clean and fast...
 
033 The final stop was Ueno railway station, which is at the northern part of Tokyo. 043 I had already made a reservation for a room at Chisun Hotel Ueno, which is within a walking distance from the railway station.  The room was really tiny - or cozy!
 
053 After I checked-in, I walked to Ameya Yokocho market near the train station. On the way back to the hotel, I accidently found a Korean restaurant, and I had the first dinner in Japan in Korean style. 063 Next morning, I woke up early, and took a subway to Senso-ji temple as scheduled. The entire ground was beautiful and I could get lost for hours discovering the different statues, ponds, bells, and gates.
 
073 The next destination on the list was Ueno Park, which is a few train stops away from the temple. The Ueno Park is like Central Park in New York City or Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo.
083 The park is the home of a number of major museums, a zoo, ponds, Shinto shrines, and Buddhist temples.
 
093 As a museum-lover, I really enjoyed Tokyo National Museum, which is the largest art museum in Japan. 103 I skipped National Museum of Nature and Science to spend more time at National Museum of Western Art.   I found many familiar sculptures by Auguste Rodin near the front gate.
 
113 In the afternoon, I spent a few hours at Akihabara district, where you can find any computer goods, video games, anime, and manga. 123 And then rode a subway to Shinjuku district.  I walked to observatory floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings.
 
133 After dark, I took a little glance at Kabukicho, which is an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku. 143 Next day, I started with Imperial Palace in Chiyoda district. Unlike the Forbidden City in Beijing, the palace looked like a public park with few castles.
 
153 From the palace, I walked to National Museum of Modern Art. I was really hungry and tired, and had a lunch at the pricy museum restaurant. 163 After the lunch, I walked to Yasukuni Shinto Shrine, which was built in memory of those who lost their lives defending Japan during the WWII.
173 There was a military and war museum, Yushukan, within the shrine. "Old soldiers never die, but fade away!" 183 In the late afternoon, I rode a subway to Ginza, which is like Fifth Avenue in New York. As a non-shopaholic, I did not intend on shopping, but decided to take a stroll down showrooms and department stores.
 
193 I stopped by Sony Showroom on the map, spending some time with the latest Sony products. 203 A subway ride and a 20 minute walk to Tokyo Tower, which resembles Eiffel Tower in Paris.  I stood on the glass opening where people look down into.  Not that scary...
 
     
 
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