When Peter and I were researching things to do in Japan, we came across Tokyo Disneyland! In my 27 years of life, I had never been to any Disney anything! It has always been a dream of mine to go. Peter wanted to go as well, so I decided to take him as part of his birthday! Finding Disneyland was a complete failure! We still hadn’t mastered the train system and couldn’t figure out how to get on the right train to go to Disneyland. When we finally got directions, it was late in the afternoon and we didn’t want to pay the nearly $200 fee for two people and not get a whole day at the magical kingdom. So instead we went into central Tokyo!!!
By the way, the JR system is VERY busy and fast paced as you would expect in a big city. If you ask one of the railway workers, they are usually able to help.
We ended up at the Central Tokyo station on a very beautiful day. Despite our original plans failing, I was so excited when I saw the park across from the station! So this was where all the tourists were! Tons of people taking photos, old men painting in the park, pretty flowers and fountains. I don’t remember the names of the parks that we visited, but they were all within the same area of each other.
At the entrance to the fountain park there were two bridges over a beautiful river. I saw a swan and turtle and was delighted when the swan floated toward me and I was able to take a picture of the two animals together! I actually took many pictures until I was reminded that there was much more to see.
The fountain park was sooo beautiful and the architecture was very modern.
(A group of students who asked me to take a picture of them!)
As we walked through the fountain park, we stopped to have a snack and then continued walking toward the Imperial Palace. Although we couldn’t find the entrance, we wandered around looking at the trees, bridge, guards and statues. The sky looked like it had been painted! The day was perfect. I really like the trees at this park, and there were a lot of them. Much of the park was sectioned off so you couldn’t walk on the grass and instead had to follow the gravel path. When I saw the Japanese-style structures I then realized that I was in Japan! How did I get here when I never imagined EVER being here.
After walking around Tokyo, we hopped back on the train to Ueno. The sun was beginning to set when we made it to the station. Across from the train there was yet another park! This park was HUGE and had so many things to do, but since we were there so late we didn’t get to see everything. We did however manage to walk through the park and look at all the art and landscaping.
We saw these birds everywhere and decided that they were ravens. (If you know what they really are please correct me.) They are about twice the size of crows!
Why did I take a photo of this toilet?? Well, as you can see, it is QUITE different from any toilet I’ve ever seen. This bathroom, at the park in Ueno, had both traditional Japanese squatting toilets and Western toilets. I just thought it was different. I did not use this and wasn’t even sure if I’d be physically able to!