I visited Tokyo with a friend from Sendai, and it was our goal to do some of the touristy stuff there that we hadn't done yet. Also, and most importantly, we wanted to climb Mt. Fuji. This post will be about the first part of that trip: our time in Tokyo. It was incredibly hot and humid there, so we tried to avoid the heat by visiting some of Tokyo's many great museums. Most of them are located in Ueno Park, where you can also see one of Japan's oldest zoos. The park itself is a fun place to hang out, with a lake to walk around and lots of street performers and vendors.
|Statue of Buddha, from India.|
The second museum we visited in Ueno was the National Museum of Western Art. It was also a very good selection, with lots of medieval paintings, beautiful French Impressionist works (including a room full of Monet, and his famous "Water Lilies"), and some very nice modern pieces, such as a couple by Picasso and a Jackson Pollock. Also, there were statues by French sculptor Auguste Rodin all throughout the museum, including a really impressive piece located in front of the building ("The Gates of Hell").
|Monet's "Water Lilies".|
|Rodin's "Gates of Hell", in front of the National Museum of Western Art.|
|The harbor in Odaiba|
|View of Tokyo Tower from the Yurikamome Monorail|
|ASIMO robot, made by Honda|
|The Imperial Palace Garden|
|Awesome drinks at Tiki Tiki in Shinjuku|
|Great Russian food at Chaika|