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A Short Walk Today...

...only 9 kilometres.

sunny 25 °C
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Today we travelled on another train company's line (Tokyo has many different ones, each controlling various lines quite independently) back into Tokyo to climb Tokyo Tower. This is an orange and white replica of the Eiffel Tower plonked right in the middle of Tokyo. A swift lift ride to the viewing deck halfway up yielded panoramic surround views of the city. Apparently even Mt Fuji is visible on clear days, but not today. One floor below was a second deck with peepholes in the floor, which gave nicely dizzying views right down to the ground. One dad was merrily tipping his kid's pusher over the window, showing that fathers are the same the world over.

After that we headed into Shinjuku for lunch and a wander through the busiest part of Tokyo. On Sundays the traffic lights are switched off so people can walk unhindered, which is called 'pedestrian paradise'. After a stroll through the so-called 'seedy' district of Kabuki-cho (quite all right during the daytime!), we perused the fantastic range in the biggest book shop we've ever seen and had a magnificent meal at the Ton Katsu Wako chain restaurant.

We then thoroughly explored Tokyu Hands, a sort of KMart/Big W equivalent spanning several floors of an enormous department store building, before fatigue overcame us and we headed back home for a rest.

Oh yes, and Nerdia did indeed try the on-sen hot bath soak and found it quite refreshing, though she suspected it was cooled a bit just for her. ;-)

Nerdia and Plane Boy.

Posted by NarLin 02:15 Archived in Japan

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If I remember correctly, in Tokyo Tower the plaques describing what you can see through the windows are also printed in braille.

by Denis

You're right! Many signs here are printed alongside in Braille, such as the entire ticket fare list at Japan Rail stations. There is also Braille at the top of some stair handrails - perhaps it reads 'if you can read this, you're about to fall down the steps'?!

by NarLin

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