Gardens

The gardens in Japan are wonderful. You can find all types of gardens, highly manicured meticulously presented to the historic.

Friday morning we visit the Nezu Muesum.

Tokyo

Tokyo

It’s an amazing place of collected Japanese and East Asian art works dating back centuries. It’s also know for its amazing garden.

Tokyo

Tokyo

At this time of year the lilies were in bloom in the pond – so it was perfect to visit. As did a number of other tourists.

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Tokyo

They are designed to enable you to explore the small details, as well as views. It’s a great place to rest.

Tokyo

Tokyo

The museum is located in Omotesando, which is an expensive neighbour, and you can see amazing buildings.

Friday

Inside the museums the displace was of the we’ll know Japanese screens of irises, and associated works by the illustrator and associates.

But there are great coffee shops in the area too! I highly recommend this museum if you are in Tokyo.

Friday

Books

The only downside about Japan, is I don’t know enough of the language to read the books. There are so many amazing book shops – and the books and magazines themselves look really interesting – nevertheless I’m working on the language! However, if you are in Tokyo one of thee best bookshops is in a store called Ginza6. Apart from the food available in the basement – oh ichigo (strawberry) ice cream which was about $4..

Tokyo - day 2

….head up to the top floor and check out the bookstore. The central event space in the centre of the shop is surrounded with wooden shelves stacked with books. Spend enough time there and you can find a book on almost anything. I could of bought a book on hospital design, but thought the better for it!

Tokyo - day 2

Cycling Tokyo…!

Cycling is a great way to see a city and understand how al the different parts connect to one another.  You begin to realise how close places are when you are cycling instead of using the underground/metro systems.  Many years ago on one of our first trips in Tokyo we spent 30 minutes by train to get to a block around the corner from where we were! At the time our friend laughed when explaining we just had to walk!  Still it makes for a good story.

This time round, on Saturday we spent time cycling with our Brompton bicycle friends.

Cycling Tokyo

I will acknowledge it was great to just follow someone else and not read a map.

Cycling Tokyo

We stopped off at a shop which sold pickled goods (sorry if I’m explaining it correctly).  The owner enables you to try the product before you buy – so enjoyable & tasty!

Cycling Tokyo

Great looking public toilets!

Cycling Tokyo

Underground bike parking..

We were also taken to a monja restaurant – well truthfully a whole street full of them! Amazing! The best part is we didn’t have to worry about attempting to order as our friends did this for us – so wonderful, thank you!

Cycling Tokyo

Cycling Tokyo

Let’s not mention the notice on the bikes after when we went to unlock them!

Cycling Tokyo

Cycling Tokyo

Yes… everyone taking photos!

Cycling Tokyo

It truely was a great day on the bike – we loved it! 

Cycling Tokyo

Cycling Tokyo

Cycling Tokyo

Hedgehogs…

On holiday when travelling with others it’s important to do a mix of what each other wants.  Today it was my choice to go to the Harry the hedgehog cafe! I booked it online (very simple).

It was pretty easy to find… as we had parked our bikes near-by by chance.

Hedgehog cafe Tokyo
Naturally, Kym mastered the art of picking them up and then placing them in the ball position.

Hedgehog cafe Tokyo

The cafe also sells them as pets, as it is allowed in Japan.

Hedgehog cafe Tokyo

We must have caught the off peak time (between 1-2), as not many people were present.

Hedgehog cafe Tokyo

This one is a year old. He eats a lot, and should do more exercise on his wheel… but he doesn’t!

Hedgehog cafe Tokyo

Staff were friendly and had good English, and answered questions about the hedgehogs. It was pretty good fun!

Hedgehog cafe Tokyo

Tired….

Yes we are sitting here, reflecting how tired we feel. Need a holiday to recover from this one. 

Here’s a picture of today’s breakfast.  Pleased note it’s all coffee and pastries.

We’ve packed away the bikes, and everything else.  It’s raining, and overcast, so we will be on foot for our last day.  Look out Tokyo… Here we come, if I can get out of my seat.