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Tokyo On Foot

I have bought this book for Barış since he is in love with Japan. I thought it was only sketches about Tokyo, but it turned out to be a well-detailed, fun story of Florent Chavouet from his six months stay in the city. The memorable regions are separated as different chapters, and every chapter starts with an illustration of the Kōban (police station) belong to that region. I highly recommend the book for Tokyo lovers. You are going to find some details that you surely ran into in Japan.

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Odaiba

We had two days left in Tokyo before we got back to Sweden. We wanted to stay in a memorable place this time, so we booked New Otani Tokyo, which is a very old and famous hotel in Tokyo. It had a beautiful garden and beautiful old rooms.

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Kyoto – First Impressions

We hardly said goodbye to Tokyo this morning (well, we will be back for a day before we leave Japan, but anyway). The next city is Kyoto and it takes only two hours to reach by Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo. As soon as we arrived in Kyoto, we left our stuff at the hotel and went out to discover this historical city. [Read more]

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Harajuku

Harajuku is a great place for visiting interesting shops, watching cosplay costumed people, and eating in nice restaurants and cafes. This region is especially lively on Sundays. I loved the fashion shops there and I spent half a day in Harajuku, but it was not enough. It is totally worth giving it a day at least.

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Shibuya

This is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo. It is famous for the crossing which is usually seen in advertisements of Tokyo. There can be up to 2500 people all using the Shibuya crossing at the same time in rush hours. In my opinion this is the craziest place in Tokyo. We waited on a corner for a while and watched pedestrians crossing when it was green for them. [Read more]

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Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi is one of the biggest parks in Tokyo with a 550,000 sqm area. When you walk into the park from Yoyogi metro station, there is a very long path crossing the park until Harajuku. Along this path it is possible to see the huge ‘sake’ barrels on the left side, which are kept there as a memorial of Meiji, and the wine barrels on the right side that are presents from France to the Meiji family.

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