We signed up for an all-inclusive bus tour for our second day in Tokyo. It was a good way to see and learn a lot.
We began our tour at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. It is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. The original was built in 1920 and rebuilt after WWll, in 1958.
Just outside the Shrine’s Torii gate are barrels of sake and barrels of Burgundy from France, donations to the shrine.
A hand washing ritual is next.
You can purchase a tablet to write a prayer on and hang it around this tree.
Next stop – a view of the Imperial Palace. The Nijubashi Bridge is the main entrance to the palace.
There’s a pretty iron bridge just beyond the stone bridge.
We walked past this great statue.
Some fun street art.
Senso-ji is the oldest temple in Tokyo. It is dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of compassion. Wikipedia claims it is the most widely visited spiritual site in the world. There were a lot of people here.
The Asakusa Shinto shrine is a 5-story pagoda next to the temple.
A shopping street, the Nakamise-dori, is on the temple grounds and extends from the temple.
We were told that a popular thing to do for many young Asian women is to come to Tokyo, rent kimono and have their pictures taken at temples.
We stopped for a Chanko Hot Pot lunch. This is a traditional meal for Sumo wrestlers. The broth is served with a variety of meats along with bok choy, cabbage, daikon, fried tofu, and vermicelli. We did not go hungry!
There was a sumo ring here but no wrestlers…
Every big city has its tall landmark. Tokyo has the Skytree. A TV and radio broadcast site, it is the tallest tower in the world – 2,080 feet.
There are expansive views in all directions from the observation deck.
There is a shopping mall and food hall at the base of the tower. KFC is very popular, especially for Christmas dinner – you have to preorder!
We finished our day with a cruise of Tokyo Bay.