Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tokyo Trip part 8

The neighborhood we were in couldn’t have been better. We stayed in Shibuya, which is famous for shopping and food, but our apartment was on a quiet street away from all the excitement. We were only a few blocks away from everything, but once you turned onto our street, everything immediately got slower. It was like being in a quiet residential neighborhood right next to all the downtown action.

We were very close to the Shibuya JR station, but we were also pretty close to the Harajuku station. I think our apartment might have been right in the middle of the two, but we mostly used Shibuya because it was bigger and went to more places.

I’m not really sure what’s south of Shibuya, but just north of our apartment was Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine. The first time we went there, we took the JR from Shibuya to Harajuku, but then we quickly found out that we could easily walk to the park. The front entrance to the park was about the same walking distance as the Shibuya station.

The Meiji Shrine was very interesting. Ryan thought it looked like a Chinese temple, but I thought it was completely different. Chinese temples seem louder. Not only in the noise made by all the people, but in the design. This shrine was calm and relaxing. Chinese temples are rough and jagged. The Japanese people at the Meiji Shrine were far more reverential than I have ever seen anyone at a Chinese temple.


  1. As a fan of Japan I read your blog to hear about your views during the first visit but I have learned nothing. You write about nothing for 8 entries. All this could have fit into one paragraph.


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