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Tokyo: Gotokuji Cat Temple

Ever since my friend Monica had posted about the cat shrine (here) in Gotokuji, in the quiet Setagaya Ward of Tokyo, I wanted to go and see it for myself. The shrine is famous for the hundreds of statues of the "Maneki Neko" - the beckoning cat, which usually greets customers in front of Japanese… Continue reading Tokyo: Gotokuji Cat Temple

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Tokyo: Exploring the old quarter of Yanaka

Yanaka is one of the loveliest quarters of Tokyo. It is full of old houses, little streets and tiny shops in an old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo from past decades. Throughout the district, there is an air of nostalgia and a rustic charm. This quarter is actually one of a trio of neighbourhoods collectively… Continue reading Tokyo: Exploring the old quarter of Yanaka

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Tokyo: Strolling around Bunkyo (Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome)

Bunkyo is not an area that I came across before, but when we realised that it is home to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, one of the two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern Tokyo, we decided to explore this area a little bit. Our first stop was the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, which dates back to… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling around Bunkyo (Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome)

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Tokyo: Roppongi continued (Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo City View, Tokyo Midtown, 21_21 Design Sight)

Another day, another part of Tokyo to explore. This time the area of 'six trees' - Roppongi. Six very old and large zelkova trees were used to mark the area, but they have not survived all those years. Now, Roppongi is a busy district with lots of foreign embassies, big office towers, a wild night… Continue reading Tokyo: Roppongi continued (Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo City View, Tokyo Midtown, 21_21 Design Sight)

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Tokyo: Strolling around Aoyama and Roppongi (Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park, Aoyama Cemetery, The National Art Centre)

After my stroll through Akasaka in the morning, I decided to continue on to Aoyama - which is very close by. I passed the Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park, which is a small park next to a residential area. I would not have stopped, if I had not seen these little stone fellows standing there - I do… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling around Aoyama and Roppongi (Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park, Aoyama Cemetery, The National Art Centre)

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Tokyo: Strolling through Akasaka (Hie Shrine, New Otani Garden, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Nogi Shrine)

Tokyo is one of my favourite places to visit in Asia - and it is also very easy to visit with a baby. In fact, it is so easy (compared to Hong Kong) that we visited it twice within three months. Let me post a little bit about the different places we visited over the… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling through Akasaka (Hie Shrine, New Otani Garden, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Nogi Shrine)

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Tokyo: Imperial Palace East Garden

Finally, on our last day, we visited the Imperial Palace East Garden. We had already been here the day before, on a Friday, when the entrance was closed. So we had to come back the next day, a cloudy Saturday. But we still enjoyed the visit. The entrance to the East Garden is the Ote-mon,… Continue reading Tokyo: Imperial Palace East Garden

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Tokyo: Metropolitan Government Building

Finally blue sky and sunshine over Tokyo... and what better way to make the most out of this weather then to visit the observatory deck on top of the two towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building? The best is that the observation decks are free of charge to the public! We walked a few… Continue reading Tokyo: Metropolitan Government Building