|Early morning tourists and Buddhist adherents at Senso-ji Temple in the 'old-style' Asakusa area.|
While I have a deep love for natural scenery and being out in nature (as evidenced by my many hiking-related blog posts), I also have quite a fondness for many of the world's biggest cities - New York, Rome and Istanbul rank pretty high up there for me, as do Cairo, Beijing and (much smaller) Toronto. Tokyo? Not so much. While there are many pockets of Tokyo that I really liked, and I definitely enjoyed being able to meet up with my friends that live there, the city just didn't do it for me overall. Perhaps it was just my mood, maybe I need to go back and try again, but for me, Tokyo was definitely my least favourite part of the trip. That having been said, I still had fun!
|A woman selling traditional sticky rice-ball desserts in the quaint shopping street leading up to Senso-ji in Asakusa.|
|Looking toward the Tokyo Skytree (and delectable yet affordable internation food market underneath it) from accross the river in Asakusa.|
These two things in combination - the overwhelming flatness and unceasing array of buildings in every possible direction - that had me feeling claustrophobic after only my second day there (at which point I dashed off to get some skiing in before returning to see more).
|The lights of Tokyo stretching endlessly outward from the observation floors in the twin towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices in Shinjuku. (Open 9:30 am to 11:30pm and free to get up to.)|
|The giant gundam in Odaiba. I cannot express how happy seeing this made me.|