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    ^What is next, Bars and Places of Ill Repute?

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    ^Iím not much of a drinker so no bars and places of ill repute?,ÖÖÖ.I donít think the girlfriend would be happy. Little bit off subject, but a lot of these Japanese women are gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Thatís it for the temples this trip.
    I spoke to soon. The fish market that we planned to visit this morning isnít open till tomorrow so we did visit another shrine and temple.

    We started the day at the Hama-rikyu garden (Hama-rikyu Gardens) and had tea at the nakajima teahouse, while at the garden.








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    After the garden we took a boat ride along the Sumida Gawa River (Sumidagawa River Area) to get to (short walk) the Sensoji Temple (Senso-ji) where we ate lunch at the Waentei-kikko restaurant (Waentei-Kikko). Food is good and the show the owner puts on is great. If youíre thinking about going, get reservations.


















    After lunch and to end the day we took a walk along Omotesando (high end shops: Omotesando Hills) to the Meiji Jingu shrine (http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/) which was crowded and we didnít wait in line to go all the way up. The forest you see in the pictures below is manmade.











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    Those low tables and sitting on the floor ain't any good for me. knees seize up.

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    Ridiculously photogenic country.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    Those low tables and sitting on the floor ain't any good for me. knees seize up.
    The low seats look neat, are they available in Thailand?

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    Last Saturday afternoon we left Japan but before we left we had time to visit the Tsukiji fish market (some 1993 stats, moved 2,888 tons or 2.8 billion yen a day of marine products: Tsukiji) before heading over to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Opening times of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace - The Imperial Household Agency).




















    Next to the fish market there are many small shops selling products to the general public and where the girlfriend ate an excellent fresh breakfast. Some of these small restaurants (that open early) are packed in the morning (with people outside waiting their turn to get in). We walked into the restaurant the girlfriend ate at and they were not open (we didnít know, it wasnít like the door was locked), but when they placed a sign outside the door stating they were open, the place filled up shortly.




    East Gardens of the Imperial Palace




















    While in Tokyo we stayed at the Four Seasons at Marunouchi (Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi). Beautiful place, the food was great (small portions) and the hotel is in a great location next to the Tokyo Station.












    Hereís a short time lapse video of our view (the trains stop running during the evening hours). Just beyond the train tracks youíll see the backside of the Tokyo Station.


    When we arrived the girlfriends first question was,Ö.Am I going to hear that all night? Evidently she didnít see the attraction of a train station outside the window.

    It was a nice trip and weíre looking forward to getting back to Tokyo. I would like to thank everyone who made a comment on this thread which made it more interesting and another thanks to everyone who stopped by and showed me some appreciation for starting the thread.


    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Those low tables and sitting on the floor ain't any good for me. knees seize up.

    They have stools for people also (at the bar where you can eat), that's where we sat that afternoon.

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    Thanks for posting the wonderful photos.

    Tokyo is an exciting city. It's a bit too frenetic for me, especially at the New Year. You've seen it at its maximum pace.

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    Thanks for the Palace garden shots.

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    Only just seen this...interesting and informative...... I hope to be heading to Osaka and Kyoto next month.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Flew into Kansai International Airport today and visited the Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple (where the Jishu Shrine is located: Kyoto Jishu Shrine, the Cupid of Japan), the Sanjusangendo Temple (Sanjusangendo Temple), Daisen-In Temple (Daisen-In Temple) and took a walk through the Higashiyama district in the former imperial capital, Kyoto.

    The last two temples mentioned above wouldn’t allow us to take pictures.

    On the way to the first temple we stopped by a bamboo garden and next to it was a cemetery. I was told that some of these spots hold the cremated remains of entire families. The woman with us told us she knows of one man who had passed away and both his former wife and his 2nd/last wife were with him (when the last wife passed she requested to be placed with him and the ex).





    Golden Pavilion





    Kiyomizudera Temple








    Higashiyama District






    The Jishu Shrine/The Cupid of Japan is located at the Kiyomizudera Temple and it is said if you can walk from one stone; with your eyes closed, to the other stone safely your wish will be granted. Seems lots of Japanese girls come here to get their love fortune told for them.



    We had a nice lunch at Honke Owariya (Honke Owariya) which has been in business for 547 years.





    Tonight we went to see some traditional Japanese show.


    The procedure for a Thai to get a Visa to Japan can be challenging. Visit this site: Japan Visa for Thai Citizens and follow these 7 procedures: Japan Visa Information

    You do not contact the Japanese Embassy itself (there’s a middleman).
    Looks just as I remember it when I was a student there, when I watched the twin towers thing happen live on TV in a room full of seppos.
    I never got round to visiting Nara - was skint anyway, but I did do Kamakura. Do love the chunky elemental elegance of things there.
    The other lingering memory is of the smell... the satisfying aroma of umami or whatever it is. The cleanliness and safeness are strong memories too.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    Great effort thanks

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