JP 051716 1230 Settled in and on our way Our most important item: it says, "We are vegetarians. We do not eat meat, fish, or fowl, but dairy is ok."  We showed this at every restuarant.  It was very helpful. The first thing we had to do was learn how to navigate the subways.  When there's an error, a clerk opens a window and helps! Hundred Stay Hotel from the Okubo train station Shinjuku district from our hotel Bill, after a long first day, in the fast food place next to our hotel.  We were in Shinjuku neighborhood and the train was just 3 blocks away. We went to the Ginza District our second night
JP 051716 1185 We found a great place to eat Tatsumi Yagura turret and Kikyo-bori Moat, East Gardens, Imperial Palace Otemon Gate. The Imperial Palace East Gardens (皇居東御苑, Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public.  Unfortunately, you have to make reservations 3-4 months in advance. so we just walked around the park area since we didn't have advance tickets to the palace JP 20160516 8993 JP 051616 1261 Ninomaru Japanese garden, East Gardens, Imperial Palace
Then we went to see The Great Buddah We were able to go inside the Great Buddah for a small fee.  It was interesting, but more for saying we did than anything else. IMG 5150 Edit JP 20160517 8907 Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan Kamakura (鎌倉) is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo. JP 20160517 8913 JP 20160517 8916 JP 20160517 8915
JP 20160517 8921 JP 20160517 8927 JP 051816 0987 Jomyoji Temple (浄妙寺, Jōmyōji) is a Zen temple in the hills of eastern Kamakura. Ranked fifth among the five great Zen temples of Kamakura JP 051816 1017 I thought this tripod ladder was interesting. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮, Tsurugaoka Hachimangū) is Kamakura's most important shrine. It was founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, and enlarged and moved to its current site in 1180 JP 051816 1028
JP 20160517 8962 JP 20160517 8968 JP 20160517 8978 Skytree view, Sumida, Tokyo JP 20160518 8762 JP 051816 1085 Tokyo is a very large city JP 051816 1112
Floral arrangement at the base of the Sky Tree tower JP 20160518 8779 JP 051816 1130 a view inside Kaminarimon Gate, Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo  Sensoji (浅草寺, Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple The temples were mostly crowded most of the time JP 051916 0834 JP 20160518 8786
JP 20160518 8804 JP 20160518 8796 JP 051916 0843 JP 051916 0860 JP 20160518 8820 JP 20160518 8818 JP 20160518 8826 Visit to Ueno Hill.  Ueno Park (上野公園, Ueno Kōen) is a large public park next to Ueno Station in central Tokyo. The park grounds were originally part of Kaneiji Temple
JP 20160518 8838 Francisco at Kiyomizu Kannon-do temple JP 051916 0883 it was common to walk by a bathroom and be able to look right in from the sidewalk.  I guess everyone stands real close! JP 20160518 8854 JP 20160518 8856 IMG 5267 JP 20160518 8858
JP 20160518 8859 IMG 5271 The Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, from the original fire JP 051916 0908 JP 051916 0920 IMG 5816 On our return trip to Tokyo before departure, we stayed at the Hyatt. Our room at the Hyatt
IMG 5851 View from our room. With Shinjuku Central Park below.  The Park is located right behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. It is like an oasis for all the residents around here, IMG 5829 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁, Tōkyō Tochō) in Shinjuku IMG 5835 IMG 5834 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁, Tōkyō Tochō) in Shinjuku is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo.  Our hotel below. JP 053116 2489
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JP 053116 2528 JP 20160531 7934 IMG 5912 Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, JP 060116 2183 JP 20160531 7943 JP 060116 2195 JP 20160531 7949
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Leaving the park, we stopped for a very refreshing drink.  It was so good we had two! IMG 5925 Our last night on the town At our favorite restuarant in Ginza Our last night in Japan, at our favorite restuarant in Ginza District IMG 5945 Shinjuku Central Park is located right behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. It is like an oasis for all the residents around here, the Shinjuku sub center of Tokyo, nestled between all the office buildings. Its overall size is 88,065.95 square meters and there are 80,000 trees planted there JP 060116 2354
JP 060116 2361 On the way back home Waiting for our flight from Houston to Austin