Some buildings and places we visited in Japan, Nov-Dec 2015
Walking tour of West Shinjuku, Tokyo
The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Shinjuku
View from the observation tower on the 45th floor of the Shinjuku Sumitomo Tower. Entrance is free.
Inside view of the Shinjuku Sumitomo Tower
World’s largest pendulum clock in Shinjuku NS Tower. We visited the skywalk bridge and found to our pleasant surprise that there were many reasonably priced eateries there for such an expensive looking place.
Miyajima, one of top 3 official scenic spots of Japan
The famed Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima at low tide with a multitude of visitors on a public holiday.
No obstacles can stop these business professionals from visiting the shrine, not even having to carry luggages over the sand and to brave the huge crowd on a public holiday.
Flowing stream and autumn leaves
A shop sign in Miyajima. Someone should ask President Obama if he likes green tea ice cream. We did anyway 🙂 President Obama did visit Tokyo, Japan in April 2014 and perhaps green tea ice-cream was served?
Naritansan Shinshoji Temple and Garden, Narita Town
An old Pagoda
A closer look at the pointed roof of a temple building
Shadow selfie – lots of photos to take in this beautiful temple and garden!
Beautifully landscaped garden
Peaceful walk in the garden
More Temples, Shrines and Castles
Higashi Honganji, Kyoto
Sign outside Higashi Honganji
Nijo Castle, Kyoto
View from park
View from walkway into castle
View from castle lower floor – packed with people queuing to enter
View of city from window on a top floor
Towers, towers everywhere, in cities and in towns
Cycling past the Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka’s Shinseikai area, originally builit in 1912 supposedly inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris and rebuilt after the war . Weather was nasty during our stay in Osaka, with intermittent rains
Goryokaku Tower, Hakodate
Zoomed-in view of Goryokaku Tower and its neighbourhood from Mount Hakodate in late afternoon
Kyoto Tower on a gloomy and rainy day
View of Sendai from hotel room on 18th floor, with a building towering over its neighbourhood.
Sleepless in Sendai. Night scene from hotel room, facing the tower
The 100m tall Beppu Tower in the background on a late afternoon
Matsushima, another of the three most scenic places in Japan
“Matsu” means pine or 松. You will find lots of pine trees here, little islands, clear blue waters, beautiful sky and lots of boats. Well worth the slow 40 minutes train ride from Sendai.
The 252m-long bridge to Fukuura island
Perfect weather for a walking tour of the bay of Matsushima
Hakodate, viewed from Mount Hakodate from 330pm till 5pm
The 8 hotspring “hells’ of Beppu
Beppu’s own Old Faithful, erupting more frequently at around 20 minutes interval
and some the animals and plants in the “hells”
Hiroshima Atomic Peace Memorial Park
Toya – Nishiyama and the destruction caused by Mount Usu’s eruptions
A lake formed after Mount Usu eruption in 2000
Destroyed and abandoned kindergarten
Cold wind blowing across the crater
A town abandoned
Destroyed old garbage incinerator
and the cold, cold walk after last night’s snow
Lake Toya, where G8 leaders met in 2008