The Tokyo Bus Tour: Stops 3 through 6

Senso-ji temple

All right–more Tokyo, guys!

After the Imperial East Garden, we got back on the bus and headed to Asakusa, which–I have since learned–is a district in Taito, Tokyo, and used to be an entertainment district from the Edo period on to about–you guessed it–World War Two.

(Are we sensing a theme here with Japanese history?)

We went to Asakusa to visit Senso-ji, a temple dedicated to the Buddhist boddhivista Kannon (from whom the founder of Canon took inspiration for the name of his company, btw). Senso-ji is also neighbors with a long, narrow road with tiny stalls on either side–souvenir stores, food stores, etc, on a road called Nakamise-dori (Inside Store Road, roughly translated).

Bad picture of one of the gates from inside the bus

It’s a popular spot for tourists and we were ready for a little snack and walk around looking at the stall-stores.

From Asakusa, the bus took us to Ginza–a major shopping district–for lunch! It was a buffet style with Asian and Western food, which I grabbed a mixture of (if there’s paella, I will eat it, after all) and proceeded to eat everything with chopsticks.

My chopstick skills are off the hook right now, guys. I mean, I use them pretty regularly anyway, but I don’t think I used a fork the entire time I was in Japan.

But anyway, near the restaurant where the bus tour company took all of us to have lunch, there was this statue of Godzilla.

Why? Who knows.

After lunch, we were taken to the Port of Tokyo for an hour or so ride on a cruise boat around Tokyo Bay. I didn’t really think about it then–because it was after lunch and afternoon and that’s when the jetlag would sort of hit me a little–but Tokyo Bay (or Edo Bay at the time) was where Commodore Perry appeared with his ships to demand that Japan open up and trade with America. 

The building with that round thing is the headquarters of Fuji TV.

Tokyo’s skyline, including Tokyo Tower

Then we returned to port, crossed a bridge, and went to Odaiba. Odaiba is a manmade island in Tokyo Bay, which was built to defend Tokyo in the 1850s, but now it’s got a bridge and buildings and a shopping center.

And this:

That’s right; that’s a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

So that was the end of the bus tour, pretty much. But I’ve got more about Tokyo and Japan for you–next up, a post about the mountain resort town of Hakone (including pictures of actual Mt. Fuji!) and Japanese food, because I ate a ton on this trip.

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