Japan Diaries: Tokyo Imperial Palace, Meiji Jung Shrine, Harajuku and Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo is one of the most eclectic cities I have ever visited and I wanted to see it all, from the traditional Tokyo Imperial Palace to the quirky fashion capital Harajuku.

Day 4 in Japan started with a visit to the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and is surrounded by a huge park on the outside. As it still a functioning palace, you can’t actually go inside but the gardens were equally amazing.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Palace has been built on the site of the old Edo castle and the grounds are apparently valued as the same price as all the estate in California which is just insane. We loved wandering through the beautiful gardens with all the cherry blossoms trees and pretty landscapes.

Meiji Jung Shrine

Next stop was the Meiji Jung Shrine, based next to Harajuku Station. The shrine is dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shokan. Emperor Meiji was the first ruler of modern day Japan and dedicated his time to ensuring the country became westernized and able to cope with the new demands of modern life. The shrine has these huge wooden gates and you walk about 10 minutes into the forest before you get to the actual shrine. It truly is a tranquil refuge in the middle of one of the busiest parts of Tokyo.

Robot Restaurant

Next, we went to the Robot Restaurant to see possibly of the most maddest yet fascinating shows I have ever seen in my lifetime. On arrival, you are taken deep underground Shinjuku in a lift. When the doors open, the world is just full of flashing neon colours and lights and robots. We were seated and then the show began. It was described to us as power rangers on acid and honestly, I couldn’t have even imagined a show like this. It was absolutely crazy but you have to see it for yourself to understand what I mean.

Harajuku

I really wanted to see Harajuku for myself after hearing so much about it. It was actually super busy when we arrived and honestly, it was so much to take in. There were dessert shops and stalls and clothes and accessory stores as far as the eye could see. I love seeing Japanese fashion and just enjoying the desserts. I had to have the HUGE rainbow coloured candyfloss because just look at it, it was an instagram photo opp not to be missed.

Shibuya Crossing

Last stop for the day was Shibuya Crossing. Shibuya is a popular district in Tokyo, known for the fashion and culture. First stop was the statue of Hachiko, a Japanese Akita who kept coming back to the station for nine years, after his owner died on his commute home. We then went up to the top of one of the department stores, where there was a viewing platform to see Shibuya Crossing from above. The crossing is one of the largest intersections in the world where hundreds of people cross every couple of minutes and has been filmed in countless movies and TV shows.

Here ended my fourth day in Tokyo, a lovely day full of some of the old and the new that the city had to offer. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Sanoobar x

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