Japan Diaries Day 4 Part 2 – Tokyo Skytree & Sumida Aquarium

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Welcome back to my diary about my one-month trip to Japan in December! Last week’s entry was about my visit to Asakusa. Continuing on Monday’s journey, the next stop was Tokyo Skytree!

☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆

2014年12月8日

Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー is easily accessible from Asakusa by train via the Tobu Skytree Line (Tokyo Skytree Station), and since I had a beautiful view from the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center 浅草文化観光センター, I wanted to get a little closer.

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Tokyo Skytree from below – photo by kei

The Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in the world at 634 m. The building itself has shopping, restaurants, and offices, as well as two observation decks. When you arrive at Tokyo Skytree via the Tobu Skytree Line, you enter through the Tokyo Solamachi 東京ソラマチ. Continue reading

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Japan Diaries Day 4 – Asakusa

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Week 4 since my return equals Day 4 in my diary of my 1-month Japan trip! Day 4 means Asakusa and Tokyo Sky Tree! If you missed Day 3, be sure to check it out!

☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆

2014年12月8日

My fiancé wanted to do the tourist-type things on weekdays not weekends because he hates crowds and wanted to avoid them as much as possible. So Monday we headed to the first place on my list of places to go: Asakusa 浅草!

Asakusa is an old temple town that became popular for wealthy merchants during the Edo period. Edo was the old name for the capital city of Tokyo. This was when the Tokugawa shogunate was ruling, so it’s also called the Tokugawa period.

Sensou-ji 浅草寺 is a famous Buddhist temple in Asakusa. It’s dedicated to Kannon, a bodhisattva representing mercy. The temple was even designated by Tokugawa Ieyasu as the patron temple for the Tokugawa clan. It’s also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple, but I’ve never heard it called that.

Sensou-ji Kaminarimon

Sensou-ji Kaminarimon

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