View of Shiodome City Center from the Yurikamome Shinbashi Station. The Caretta Shiodome Building containing the Wicked Gekidanshiki Theatre is also visible in the distance. Shiodome City Center is a modern building which houses many corporate offices and restaurants. The view from the top-floor “sky” restaurants is exceptional.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku functions as Tokyo City Hall and also houses two free observatories for tourists. North and South observation decks are located on top two floors and provide a good free way to see much of the city while shopping for souvenirs at the observatories’ gift shops.
Lighted trees decorate the entrance to the Nomura Building on the West side of Shinjuku Station. The Nomura Building is adjacent to the I-Land Shinjuku Building which houses the first of the new Burger King restaurants. Also pictured is the new Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower.
The Symphony Tokyo Bay Cruise is a dining cruise around Tokyo Harbor. Guests have their choice of French, Italian or buffet lunch, sunset or dinner courses. There is also a bar lounge course with appetizers and wine as well as a tea time course of cake or just coffee.
This is a Tokyo Harbor panorama taken from Odaiba the rainy day before Valentine’s Day. The Statue of Liberty wasn’t red as in previous years, but Tokyo Tower was pink.
Old Shinbashi Station, or Shimbashi station, opened on October 10, 1872 and was closed in 1939 when two train lines were merged forming the Tokyo Metro Ginza line. Part of the original building and platform was reconstruted in 2003 behind City Center near the Yurikamome Shiodome Station.
The main building of the Tokyo International Forum, located a few steps away from Yurakucho Station, is a breathtaking structure. The forum is used for concerts, exhibitions and conferences. Several shops, restaurants as well as a public courtyard are contained within the complex.
Today I attended a private karaoke / dinner party on board a Nakakin Tokyo Bay Cruise. Cruises include drinks and lots of great Japanese food like nabe, sashimi, tempura, etc. There are also awesome views of Tokyo Harbor both inside and outside the boat.
Tokyo’s electronic district is one of my favorite places in Japan. For several blocks down the main street, it’s a sea of anime and electronic megastores. Unfortunately, all businesses shut down around 7pm, but I still think it’s lovely walking the streets of Akihabara at night.
Each year in the spring, opening ceremonies like the one depicted are held at jr. high schools all across Japan. The ceremony is to welcome new students and teachers to the school, and first year student parents and the other students in grades two and three participate depending on the size of the auditorium. This […]
New trains on the Yurakucho line start at Shiki Station in Saitama every day. I hopped in a car that no one was in yet and took this panorama. These pictures were taken handheld = many parallax errors, so I hope to take them again when I have a more portable tripod and pano head […]
I live in a small 3DK apartment near Tokyo. Despite its size, it has a great view of Shinjuku and contains just about everything I need. To create more space, I decided to take down the doors for an open floorplan. I actually like how the living, dining and sleeping spaces overlap so that I […]
In July of 2006, several friends and I decided to climb Mt. Fuji. The weather was bad, so we only made it up to the second to the top station before our guide stopped us from going any further. Even though we didn’t reach the top, we still were able to see a beautiful sunrise […]