We managed to negotiate the subway and navigate our way to the hotel, even in a relatively sleep deprived state. After checking in we went out to find some food. None of the local restaurants had English menus or anyone to translate - but thankfully they did have pictures of most of the dishes... so we just guessed what they might be. The next evening we found a sushi train, much easier to negotiate, just pick off what you want and stack up the plates...
So we spent a couple of days visiting many tourist sights in Tokyo - lots of old temples and shrines, beautiful Japanese gardens, the national museum and experiencing some of the modern buildings and towers... including the rather crazy electric toilet seats with their flushing sounds and various types of showers to wash your behind - yours for a cool 38900 yen at the airport electronics shop.
5 storey pagoda
|The large lanterns at the gate of Sensoji Temple - Helen for scale|
The brand new Skytree tower - the tallest in the world - 634 m
The view from the 45th Floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
Tokyo Metropolitan Building
Japanese garden in Shenjuku Gardens
|View from the Taiwan pavillion in Shenjuku Gardens|
|Tokyo Tower with fancy light display - the same but a little bit taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris|
After a busy trip and 2 days of full on sightseeing around Tokyo we were completely exhausted and slept most of the flight back to New Zealand. Happy to get home - even if it is winter - cold, wet and gets dark at 5pm.