On a sweltering hot day last August, Mrs. Bag-O and I set off for a day of sight-seeing in Tokyo. Our first stop was Shibuya Station - the world's busiest transport hub according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Statute of Hachiko ... a beloved dog who used to walk his owner to the train station each morning and be there waiting for him each night.
Waiting to cross at Shibuya Crossing
Here we go ...
Our destination ... the second floor Starbucks to watch Shibuya Crossing
Watching Shibuya Crossing
After our trip to Shibuya, we headed over to Harajuku ...
Takeshita Street - a pedestrian street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Fox tail anyone?
Nudy Boy Clothes
Perfect outfit for a night out on the town!
At the end of Takeshita Street
We wandered into Oriental Bazaar ...
... and admired the chandeliers in Missoni
And window shopped at Louis Vuitton ...
Before heading into Yoyogi Park to see Meiji Shrine
In the middle of one of the busiest parts of Tokyo, lies this giant sanctuary from
the hustle and bustle of city life.
The entrance to Meiji Shrine
The purification fountain where you wash your hands prior to entering the shrine
One of the beautiful doors leading into the shrine
We were lucky to visit on a day when virtually no one else was there. I've been back several times and have never seen it so quiet.
I loved this giant tree
People writing on Ema - small wooden plaques where people write their prayers or wishes before hanging them up so the spirits can receive them
After our visit to Meiji, we headed over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which is actually two towers with a free observatory. The observatory is open from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., however the South Tower closes at 5:30 p.m.
Our view of Tokyo from the North Tower
Looking down onto Kumano Shrine
The (then) brand new Tokyo Skytree
That green expanse is Meiji Shrine ... where we had just been!
Tokyo is a Candidate City for the 2020 Olympics!
And then we got on the train and headed back to Atsugi!