I think I’m going to end up with seven posts from a 3-day, 4-night trip to Tokyo! I would apologize for my prolific output, but since no one has to read this unless they want to, I won’t. 🙂
We were definitely flagging on this last section of the tour, and eager to get back to the hotel and shower before our night at the New York Bar. The day was very hot, and our next stop outside the Imperial Palace grounds offered no shade and stark sunlight for photos. Still, there was a cool double bridge to admire (which doesn’t really show in my photos) and a statue of a samurai on a horse.
We then were driven to the Hinode Pier and herded onto a riverboat for a 40-minute cruise up the Sumida River. This turned out to be not in the least bit scenic, so I didn’t even bother taking any pictures! When we got off the boat, we saw a cool building that someone explained was a beer factory – the top part of the building is supposed to be the foam head on a beer. I have absolutely no idea what the short building on the right is supposed to have on top of it. Perhaps a carrot?
And then it was on to our last stop, the crowded Nakamise shopping street and the Sensoji Temple. Our guide left us with instructions on returning the bus – no guided tour on this part, probably because it would be impossible with the hordes of people already packed into that area. We let our guide know we would find our own way back to our hotel, rather than taking the bus back to Tokyo Station, then having to make our way back to the Park Hyatt from there.
We weren’t much in a shopping mood, though it was fun to look at all the souvenirs on offer. The temple was so crowded that we just gave it a cursory glance before heading out and finding a taxi to drop us off at the subway station.