So our first stop was Tokyo. This giant megalopolis (pleonasm?) Of more than 13 million inhabitants was a pleasant surprise for us who do not generally like big cities. We found it very airy, paradoxically quite calm and full of nature with many parks.
The area we chose to put our luggage there is probably for something in this feeling. In Asakusa we rented an apartment for 5 nights via Airbnb. This area offers us all the advantages: quiet little streets with little traffic that lead to a magnificent set of temples (Senso-ji) and small shopping streets, a metro station nearby which allows you to get to the main points of interest of the city and … a superb playground in which we quickly got used to spending 1 to 2 hours at each end of the day so that Éléanor had her time to her after days to pace this great city!
In addition to “our” neighborhood, we walked around the capital of Japan. The latter being so big, we targeted a few places and then we lost:
- The Imperial Palace : it looks great, but we were a little disappointed to be able to see it by far (the site is closed to the public). There are nevertheless nearby gardens and the beautiful train station in Tokyo that made us happy.
- The Hamarikyu garden : a large and pretty garden located by the river. We went there because a boat was leaving from our Asakusa neighborhood. And as we like the boat rides and parks, it was a great combo!
- Akihabara : nicknamed “Electric Town”, this district is that of geeks of all kinds. Computer stores, video game consoles, manga, themed bars, etc. All with neon signs very motley. A beautiful dive in the unbridled Tokyo (without bad play on words).
- Shibuya : Do you know this famous pedestrian crosswalk? Well, it’s Shibuya.We were nevertheless disappointed: going there in the early morning the affluence was rather weak …
- Nearby are Yoyogi Park and Meiji-jingu Temple . Two glued spaces, but not connected. 2 ideal places to cut completely from the city. The first is a large park where it is pleasant to walk, the second is a large and very ancient temple which is in the middle of a forest. Unfortunately for us, the temple was being renovated during our visit.
- Shinjuku : On one side of Shinjuku Station there is a business district and on the other side an entertainment district. We only visited the first one. It was an opportunity to observe Japanese businessmen in very busy costume in the midst of high buildings. A real contrast with us 😉In this district, the municipality has an administrative tower (“Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office”) on which it is possible to climb to the top floor to have a panoramic view of the city. It’s nice and it’s free!
- Yanaka : This is probably the area we preferred! It is accessed from the station of Ueno by crossing the park (where there are games for children, a pleasant break for Eléanor). Yanaka is a historic district where there are no big towers that give the touris and darken the sky. There are many temples and cemeteries, as well as small, very cute little shopping streets (our favorite: Yanaka Ginza) and small, well-kept restaurants. In short, yes, a real blow of heart!