Tokyo

We visited Ryan and Christine in Tokyo and took day trips to Hakone and Kawagoe

Date: 2010-05-17

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Giant panda outside the Ueno station

A group of school kids outside the Ueno station

A fancy drum at the shop under the drum museum (+1 more)

The drum museum - one of two photos we were allowed (+1 more)

Street market near the Senso-ji shrine (+1 more)

Lanterns for families supporting the Senso-ji shrine

Street market near the Senso-ji shrine

Five story pagoda at Senso-ji (+1 more)

Kaminari-mon (thunder gate). Entrance gate to Senso-ji

Buddha statues outside the restaurant we ate lunch at (+1 more)

Enormous rice-straw sandal belonging to Nio the temple guardian

The cleansing station at Senso-ji. People would drink from the cups and then wipe off the rim. (+1 more)

Interior of the shrine.

Chad with a Buddha at Senso-ji (+1 more)

Small shrine at Senso-ji

Sculpture outside Senso-ji

Large tree at a playground east of Senso-ji

The golden turd. It is part of the Asahi beer hall. The building is supposed to represent the beer mug (+3 more)

The large overhang at the Edo-Tokyo museum

William on the bridge inside the Edo-Tokyo museum

Edo era street model at the Edo Tokyo museum (+1 more)

Wood stamps needed to print one page. The top row is the page being printed, the middle row is the current block and the bottom row is the wood. (+1 more)

Merchant ship at the Edo Tokyo museum

Model of the Edo era river traffic at the Edo Tokyo museum (+1 more)

The inside of a samurai coat at the Edo Tokyo museum

Model of a Kabuki play and theater at the Edo Tokyo museum (+1 more)

Model of Victorian era Tokyo at the Edo-Tokyo museum (+2 more)

The sumo arena (+2 more)

Sumo westlers wiping themselves off right before the start of the fight

Sweepers preparing the ring for the second (higher ranked) set of wrestlers (+1 more)

The yokozuna and ozeki prepare to fight. This was the final bout. They are doing the leg stomping excersize. (+4 more)

The actual sumo fighting took about 15 seconds per bout.

A crowded subway train. We rode a more crowded car later, but I couldn't move to get my camera out.

Red and white roses arranged in kanji at a store in Shinjuku station

An interesting building in the fog near Shinjuku station (+2 more)

Things for sale at Tokyu Hands department store: Puzzle that can be arrange to match any photo (+8 more)

Lunch at ill'mo. Spaghetti in a bread bowl.

National Art Center (+1 more)

National Art Center (+1 more)

Way too many signs at Shinjuku station (+1 more)

The romancecar on the train to Hakone. (+1 more)

Nice houses in a Tokyo suburb (+2 more)

Even in the rural areas, you could always see a town (+5 more)

River near the station at Hakone-yumoto (+2 more)

Interesting pattern eaten into the moss on a rock (+1 more)

Nature trail near the station at Hakone-yumoto (+4 more)

Our room at the Hotel Nanpuso. This is the main room with short table on tatami mats and a patio in the background. (+2 more)

Chad in the tiny tub at the Hotel Nanpuso (+2 more)

Chad in provided yakata.

Our meal, served in our room, at the Hotel Nanpuso

After coming back from the bath our bedding was setup on the tatami. The pillows were rice husk.

View from the balcony the next day. (+1 more)

Outdoor sculpture at the Hakone open air musuem (+4 more)

Outdoor sculpture at the Hakone open air musuem (+2 more)

Outdoor sculpture at the Hakone open air musuem (+2 more)

Koi pond at the Hakone open air musuem (+1 more)

Flower at the Hakone open air musuem (+1 more)

Woods of net childrens play area at the Hakone open-air museum (+3 more)

Picasso exibit at the Hakone open-air museum

Outdoor sculpture at the Hakone open-air museum (+1 more)

William enjoying the foot bath at the Hakone open air museum

Symphonic sculpture at the Hakone open air museum (+2 more)

View from the Symphonic sculpture at the Hakone open air museum (+2 more)

Outdoor sculpture at the Hakone open air museum (+3 more)

Outdoor sculpture at the Hakone open air museum (+1 more)

Outdoor sculpture at the Hakone open air museum (+3 more)

Tori gate on Lake Ashi

You could rent swan boats at Lake Ashi

Pirate boat that we rode across Lake Ashi (+4 more)

Tori on Lake Ashi from the boat (+2 more)

Mt Fuji from the boat on Lake Ashi

This eagle had caught a fish and was headed back to the nest

Ropeway up to Owakudani (+1 more)

Mt Fuji from the ropeway (+3 more)

Eating a black egg is supposed to add 7 years to your life

Hello Kitty with the black eggs. Owakudani was a bit touristy.

The sulfer pits at Owakudani (+2 more)

Cablecar from Sounzan to Gora (+1 more)

Forest between Gora and Gotemba

Bike parking lot near the station in Gotemba (+1 more)

Another turd sculpture. Not sure what this one is supposed to be.

Mt Fuji from Lake Yamanaka

Lake Yamanaka had a huge swan ship instead of pirate boats (+4 more)

Mt Fuji from Fujiyoshida (+6 more)

Creepy elf statue at the bus station in Fujiyoshida (+1 more)

Amusement park in Fujiyoshida (+1 more)

Mass of people waiting to cross the street near Shinjuku (+2 more)

Japanese menu at the restaurant. Good thing Ryan and Christine knew what to order.

In case you were wondering what is handled in the Tsukiji warehouse.

Tsukiji warehouse, market area (+4 more)

Knife shop at Tsukiji (+2 more)

Sushi breakfast at Tsukiji (+1 more)

Tuna processing at Tsukiji warehouse (+5 more)

Worker sharpening a knife at Tsukiji (+1 more)

Huge yuca plant at Hama Rikyu garden (+1 more)

Skyline from Hama Rikyu garden (+2 more)

Ducks at Hama Rikyu garden (+3 more)

Old duck blind at Hama Rikyu garden (+2 more)

Lake and teahouse at Hama Rikyu garden (+3 more)

Memorial to the ducks killed at Hama Rikyu garden (+2 more)

Interesting building near Shinbashi station

Garden seen from monorail

Skyline seen from monorail (+9 more)

Circular fountain near the museum of emerging science

Interesting building near museum of emerging science (+1 more)

World made from LED panels at museum of emerging science (+1 more)

Asimo demo at museum of emerging science (+3 more)

Hands on physical model of the internet at museum of emerging science (+3 more)

Under water robot at museum of emerging science (+2 more)

Fuji building (+2 more)

Rainbow ferris wheel

Flame sculpture at the park near the Telecom center

Statue of liberty replica at Odaiba beach

View of Rainbow bridge from Odaiba beach (+1 more)

Blimp in flight

Interesting costume on the subway

Carrying the Mikoshi (portable shrine) at the Shinto festival (+2 more)

Drum and poratable shrine at the Shinto festival

The temple holding the Shinto festival (+1 more)

People checking out the booths at the Shinto festival

Supporter lanterns hang above the vendor stalls at the Shinto festival (+2 more)

Women dressed in kimonos at the Shinto festival

Drum dancers at the Shinto festival (+2 more)

Bill holding a potato swirl snack (+1 more)

Drum procession at the Shinto festival

An elaborate Mikoshi at the Shinto festival

A kabuki play at the Shinto festival (+1 more)

A huge computer store in Akihabara (+4 more)

The large computer store and some of the surrounding stores in Akihabara (+1 more)

People playing tetris at an arcade in Akihabara (+1 more)

Interesting card based video game at an arcade in Akihabara (+3 more)

Bill near the geocache near Zojo-ji

The geo cache is a travel bug hotel and we dropped off our coin and picked up a Kiwi

A fire department was practicing in the rain (+3 more)

Tokyo tower as seen from Zojo-ji (+1 more)

Mini Buddha statues with red bonnets and bibs at Zojo-ji (+2 more)

Temple worship area at Zojo-ji (+1 more)

The main gate at Zojo-ji. It was built in 1612 and is now Tokyo's oldest wooden structure

Broad tree lined paths at Meiji-jingu

A couple people were dressed up near Meiji-jingu

The entrance gate to Meiji-jingu (+1 more)

Meiji-jingu shrine

An interesting stadium, built for the Olympics, the roof looks like Noah's ark. (+1 more)

The main stage at the Laos festival where there was enthusiastic but bad music (+2 more)

The conveyor belt and menu at Hamazushi. The touch screen let you order drinks and sushi you didn't want to wait for. (+4 more)

Chrysanthemum gate (the symbol of the imperial family) (+1 more)

13 story pagoda at Happo-en

Lots of bonsai at Happo-en

Bamboo grove at Happo-en

One of the overlook pavillions at Happo-en

The central lake at Happo-en (+2 more)

The lake and flower covered hill at Happo-en

Bill in the rock floor pavillion at Happo-en (+2 more)

Small shrine at Happo-en

Waterfall and koi pond at Happo-en (+2 more)

Tea house and matcha bowl at Happo-en (+1 more)

Chad in front of the lantern at Happo-en

Rock floored pavillion at Happo-en

Car storage so that you can put two cars in one space. There was also a version that allowed four cars

Another building with sphere in the architecture

Kids returning from school alone in the busy subway station (+2 more)

Bill with the giant robot at the Ghibli museum (+1 more)

Chad and William at then entrance to the Ghibli museum

Ghibli museum (+2 more)

Our meal at the ramen restaurant (+2 more)

Kumano-jinja shrine (+2 more)

William walking on the 'theraputic' sidewalk at Kumano-jinja shrine (+2 more)

Just in case you were wondering what to do (+2 more)

Street and kurazukuri in Kawagoe (+1 more)

Colored pressed sugar at the Yamazaki museum (+3 more)

Display of Edo period decorations at the Yamazaki museum (+4 more)

Our shoes had been arranged for easy access when we came out of the Yamazaki museum (+1 more)

Buddha statues with red hats and bibs at the Choki-in temple (+4 more)

The emaciated Buddha at the Choki-in temple

Candy for sale at one of the vendors on confectioner's alley (+1 more)

Confectioner's alley (+1 more)

Honmaru Goten was being renovated

Naritasan Betsu-in shrine (+3 more)

A service was taking place at Naritasan Betsu-in shrine (+1 more)

So many turtles (+2 more)

Statue of a children's Buddha at Naritasan Betsu-in shrine

William at Kita-in

A pidgeon was using the purification water for bathing (+3 more)

Building at Kita-in (+1 more)

Gardens at Kita-in (+2 more)

Part of the Edo era building at Kita-in (+3 more)

540 Buddha statues at Kita-in (+2 more)

Buddha with baby Buddha (+5 more)

Building at Kita-in (+1 more)

Cafe Colorado is a coffee shop chain in Japan

Bike parking garage

Tatami mat factory in Kawagoe (+1 more)

Rice fields in Kawagoe

Some of our food at En restaurant (+4 more)

En restaurant in Shiodome (+1 more)

Tokyo Disney (+1 more)

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