Hubby had a follow up appointment recently with the specialist about his back, near Tokyo Tower and so we decided to make a day of it. It was nice to admire Tokyo Tower again but this time against the backdrop of a bight blue sky. We also took this as an opportunity to head back to Le Pain for some delicious breakfast.
|Tokyo Bay with Tokyo SkyTree in the distance|
The garden consists of a pond with turtles and koi carp fish, little man made hills, beautiful bamboo fencing and red maple trees.This little oasis is surrounded by tall office buildings in the middle of Tokyo, and there were several office workers having their lunch in the garden whilst enjoying the glorious weather.
As we left the garden, we took the escalators across the road to watch the Shinkansen (bullet) trains go by. Hubby and I never tire of watching these beauties that epitomise Japanese engineering. The bullet trains have a rather majestic aura, with their long sleek noses and even longer bodies.
We then followed the main road down to the bay which brought us to New Pier Takeshiba. From there we followed the monorail line, pass The Intercontinental Tokyo Bay hotel, to Hinode Pier. At the Hinode Terminal there was a counter for cruise company, Symphony Cruise, and so we inquired about availability for that afternoon.
Whilst none of the employees spoke enough English for us to communicate with them, the cruise company did have leaflets with both English and Japanese information about the different cruise options, routes, prices and times. With a bit of pointing and hand gesturing we are able to convey what we wanted :o). We opted for the afternoon cruise which was 50mins and cost ¥1,500 (each).
|Daikanransha ferris wheel at Odaiba in the distance|
|The iconic Fuji TV building at Odaiba|
|The Tokyo Towers - Mid Tower & Sea Tower|
|A plane coming into land at Haneda Airport in the distance|
Symphony Cruise also do a lunch, sunset and dinner cruise with a choice of French, Italian or Japanese cuisine. These cruises are longer (2-2.5hrs) and the cruise route goes further out than the afternoon cruise that we did. Prices range from ¥5,000 - ¥20,000. The Symphony Cruise website is in both Japanese and English and here is the link, in case you're interested :o).
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and video of our day out in Tokyo. I'm sorry that I'm a bit slow in getting my blog posts and videos up at the moment but things are pretty hectic with our move. Hopefully, when things settle down in a few weeks, I can get in to a routine again.
Love Sheen xxx