Tokyo JAPAN

Since we had free WIFI as a perk at our hotel when we were at Tokyo Disneyland, I was able to put iphone pics on the website much more timely, but some of the below photos were taken by my photog. According to information I had about going to Tokyo, free wifi was supposed to be not super easily accessed in one of the world’s tech capitals, but it was offered to us as an upgrade at the Tokyo Bay Sheraton since we achieved Gold SPG status on that stay. It was quite timely since by the end of the trek, I wasn’t really in the mood to go to the lobby to connect. Since our return, hotels have upped their game bigtime a few weeks ago for something that seems fairly standard to me. Some of the frequent travelers I follow aren’t happy about their perks being diluted due to this change, but I definitely don’t live at a hotel like some so I won’t get too excited either way. On our 2nd day in Tokyo after having FINALLY gotten a great night’s sleep, we woke up and headed to Harajuku. I’m no expert on Harajuku, but I think we should have been there later in the day, but you do what you gotta do and we were there in the morning. It was interesting, but I’m sure it would have been a different world at another hour. After that, we walked to Meiji Shrine which wasn’t too far, but on the other side of the subway. We meandered our way through some neat neighborhoods surrounding Harajuku. One thing that stood out was definitely the fancy cars. We never once saw a jalopy in Japan, but this neighborhood had exceptionally fine cars. We hit a dead end or two and since we were on a tight schedule to check-out of our luxury hotel on time, I was getting nervous, but we found our way. The weather was a cool crisp autumn day on 12/2/14, but pleasant. Meiji shrine was an interesting place. One thing that stood out to me was you could buy little wooden pieces like a Christmas ornament, write a prayer on it, and hang it with thousands of other prayers in different languages.  At one point, I think I walked out of bounds as some security guards headed toward me and I exited before I was able to ruffle their feathers. In Japan, we had already encountered a few “sticklers for the rules.” For example, we had a heckuva time getting through customs. We had to fill out our paperwork 3 or 4 times and we were very slow moving from the lack of sleep and jet lag. On the final attempt, we discovered I had marked (female) for my husband and I thought we’d never get in the country at that point. Miraculously, he was undisturbed by that mistake. So, when I saw some security looking guys heading toward me at the shrine and discovered I had somehow walked into a roped around area, I got OUT fast. We made it back to the Park Hyatt with enough time to spare for a rest before heading out to Urayasu where Tokyo Disney is located.

Harajuku

Harajuku

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine

at Meiji shrine

at Meiji shrine

subway riders (the one is green belongs to us...)

subway riders (the one in green belongs to us…)

floral shop Harajuku

floral shop Harajuku

Harajuku cookie lovers

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Mt. Fuji view from Park Hyatt Tokyo

Mt. Fuji view from Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay view

Mt. Fuji view from Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay view

Mt. Fuji view from Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay view

Mt. Fuji view from Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay view

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