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Hello friends! Here is where we wrap up Tokyo, and head to a couple different places. We’re visiting Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Imperial Gardens, the Tokyo South Observatory, and Ueno Park!

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Shibuya. It is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. The emperor’s grave is not located at the shrine. His grave is actually located south of Kyoto.

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A hanka written by Empress Shoken.

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Shrine entrance

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Votive tablet explanation

We didn’t get to spend a lot of time at the shrine because of time constraints, but it was beautiful and peaceful.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a public park in the Taito district of Tokyo. Many homeless people squat in the park until they are arrested, but come back. Ueno Park is also a huge attraction during sakura season, in which many hanami (flower-viewing festivals) take place. My parents lived in Tokyo for a year before I was born, so my mother (who came on the trip with me) knew a little bit about the area.

Statue of a Japanese general

Some of the beautiful blooms

The star attraction of Ueno Park was the budding cherry blossoms. It had been colder than average in Japan, so sakura season had a bit of a late start.

The cherry blossoms starting to bud!

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The Natural History museum is located across from Ueno Park.

A cute panda bench I saw at Ueno

Overall, Ueno Park was a bit of a flop. Sakura season hadn’t quite set in yet, and when we got there, the vendors were still setting up. Nonetheless, I still had a great time at the park.

Tokyo Imperial Garden

The Imperial Palace East Garden is a historical garden in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. It was built on top of the original Edo Castle. The gardens were really quite beautiful and I loved visiting it.

Beautiful camellias at the Imperial Garden

Cherry blossoms starting to bloom!

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The Tokyo skyline from the garden.

Some beautiful camelias growing in the garden.

Beautiful azaleas

Kumquat tree

Metropolitan Government South Observatory

The last thing we did was sightseeing at the Metropolitan Government South Observatory. The observatory is located on the 45th floor and the views are amazing!

Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

The last stop on this whirlwind last leg in Tokyo is the Mount Fuji World Heritage Center. Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, this is definitely a way outside of Tokyo, but it’s definitely worth it to take a day trip. What most people don’t seem to know is that Mount Fuji is not actually a mountain, but it’s actually a dormant volcano.

The front of the center

The animals of Fuji

Map displaying the Fuji area.

View from the observation deck. Unfortunately, it was cloudy this day, so the view of Mount Fuji got obscured by clouds.

Rocks from Fuji

Diagram of all craters on Fuji

Lava flows from Fuji

Volcanic rock

Different ash sizes from all Fuji eruptions

Volcanic bombs from Fuji eruptions

Diagram of Fuji

Rocks outside the center

Until next time

Tokyo is definitely a city I would go back to time and time again. There is so much to see, although I wouldn’t just stay in Tokyo if you’re visiting Japan. I stayed in Tokyo for two days and it was a magical 2 days. All in all, I hope to go back to Tokyo one day.

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  1. Amazing photos of Tokyo! I’ve always wanted to visit Japan, especially during cherry blossom season. The Tokyo Imperial Garden looks beautiful too, with all those different flowers. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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