I don’t speak Japanese – 4 days in Tokyo!

I don’t speak Japanese – 4 days in Tokyo!

I don’t speak Japanese – 4 days in Tokyo!

Now that I’ve covered off the hotels from our trip (here, here and here), it’s time to talk about our 4 days in Tokyo and what we saw!

The problem with a quick trip to the other side of the world is that for about half the trip I was still jet-lagged. I feel as though even when I try to plan for jet-lag, I still don’t get it right and it always affects me.

We landed in Tokyo late Wednesday night and checked into the hotel, so there isn’t much to talk about there. I spoke about the little park by the Prince Sakura Tower, but what else did we see on our trip? Let’s pick up on Thursday.

After going around the hotel and showing you a few pictures in the Roppongi area in our Grand Hyatt Review, we headed to the Meiji Jingu to see the park and shrine!

Does this sound familiar to you on this site? That’s because Kevin and I visited there over 2.5 years ago and it was part of our first large trip report!

Anyway, Jaime and I had a bit more time to check it out, let’s get into the pictures.

Meiji Jingu

Japan, Tokyo

Entrance to the park

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

I think this was me trying to get an artsy shot of Jaime walking but she may have turned around too soon…

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Cool door

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Ancient shrine with modern building in the background.

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo

Jaime really wanted this artsy shot. I’m embarrassed how many tries it took me to get this.

The Meiji Shrine park really is great. It’s a beautiful walk around the park and we were fortunate enough to have gorgeous weather. This really is a must-do if you’re in Tokyo.

Roppongi Hills

After going back to the hotel and taking a quick nap, it was time to explore Roppongi Hills a bit more.

Lucky for us it was near Christmas so all the decorations were up!

Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills

At the little outdoor amphitheater in the shopping center there was some sort of Star Wars thing going on Friday and Saturday night. This first picture was from that night, and I was basically told I couldn’t take any pictures. I got one and then moved on. The other daylight ones are from before they started setting up. Very cool amphitheater.

Roppongi Hills

Some big Star Wars thing going on…I was approached by security right after this to stop taking pictures!

Roppongi Hills

Outdoor amphitheater in Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills

Amphitheater

Roppongi Hills

Lights and shops along the main drag in Roppongi Hills

Rolling into the Friday (the 9th) we decided to start exploring the rest of the city.

Imperial Palace

Finally getting over the jet-lag a bit, we were ready to go. We decided to start the day with a run around the imperial palace, stopping to take in the sights, obviously take pictures and even a selfie or two. For those interested, the run is about 3.25 – 3.5 miles.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Outer walls of the Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

I just love the juxtaposition of old and new that’s all around Tokyo. Beautiful city.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Very similar picture to the one Kev and I took 2.5 years ago.

Imperial Palace

Coincidentally as we were running there was some sort of race going on – we may have gotten a bit in the way.

Imperial Palace

Mid-run selfie. I won, btw.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Saturday took us to a new garden and more to explore!

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

It was a crisp Saturday morning when we got to the park around 11, so it was time for hot cocoa.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Little cafe in the garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The garden was fairly empty during most of our time there which helped for pictures.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

What I got from this was, 1. Don’t scoop people up and 2. Don’t pick up/drop fish.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Picture of a picture…

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The garden is massive! It has huge areas of just flat gravel or grass.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

On our last day, before we both headed back to HND for our flights, we headed to Shibuya crossing and actually did a little shopping at Under Armour – just a few quick pictures.

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

Absolute madhouse.

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

I’m loving it? No idea what I’m looking at here.

Shibuya Crossing

Massive stuffed animals machines.

Shibuya Crossing

Really cool looking Under Armour store right in the middle of everything – I couldn’t help but get something!

That’s it. After leaving Shibuya crossing we headed back to the Grand Hyatt to grab our stuff and went on to the airport!

Have you spent any time in Tokyo? What were your favorite sites/activities?

Next up: ANA Lounge Haneda International Airport!

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