It seems like this is a very known spot to see these yellow leaves in Tokyo.
You can get here by train, get off at Gaienmae st. (Ginza line) or Shinanomachi st. (JR line). Try asking around for "Ichounamiki-dori" if you got lost. The leaves should still be there for few more days so hurry up.
This supposed to be the Christmas tree.
Also, Tokyo Tower is visible from this park.
This park will be illuminated everyday after 5 p.m. until 25th December. Expect large crowds on weekends.
A view of Keyakizaka street. It's all white lights this year compared to blue lights in previous years.
From Keyakizaka, you can see Tokyo Tower too.
However, the competition started very early in the morning (at 6.30am) and I couldn't get there ontime, so I missed most of the hot air balloons. There should be more than 15 balloons, but by the time I got there, all but 3 had fled away.
Tochigi Hot Air Balloon Championship is an annual event. Hot air balloon competitions were also held in other places in Japan and apparently this one in Tochigi is the final round. More info here.
Taking photos at night (no matter how bright the city is) is not an easy task. Here's my best effort. Enjoy.
A view of the busy street near in front of Mistukoshi department store.
Omoideyoko-cho, a small street full of Japanese old-style drinking shops. Near to JR Shinjuku st. west exit.
Behind the bus terminal, JR Shinjuku st. west exit.
Shonan beach is one of famous surfing spots in Japan. More popular than other spots because it's closer to Tokyo. It's usually over crowded in the summer. Even though it's a lot colder now, there's still a lot of surfers. There are surf shops near the beach for renting gears, and there are also surfing schools if you're just getting into the sport.
Hasedera is a Buddhist temple hosting one of the largest wooden Buddha statue in Japan (however, cameras are not allowed in the Buddha statue room). Other than this, there's also a beautiful garden with many things to see.
Since this temple is located on a slightly higher ground, you can also enjoy a beautiful view of Kamakura. You can read more about Hasedera here.
Just few minutes walk from Hasedera is Kotoku-In. Kotoku-In is the temple where you can see the Great Buddha statue of Kamakura. This statue is the symbol of Kamakura, well-known to visitors from inside and outside of Japan. More info here.
Hasedera and Kotoku-In temple are both easily accessible by train. Stop at Hase St. (Enoshima Dentetsu Line) and just a few minutes walk to get there. If you're planning to visit other spots in Kamakura, do use the 1-Day pass for Enoshima Dentetsu Line. It is available at any Enoshima Dentetsu Line stations for 580yen.
The 1st point of interest on this island is the food. "Shirasu" and "Sazae" are two famous seafood of this part of Japan and widely available on this island. Secondly, you can take some flights of stairs (or pay 350yen to use the escalators) up to the top of the island where you can enjoy a beautiful view. If you're lucky, on a fine day Mt. Fuji can be seen very clearly from this point. Here's a view of Mt. Fuji just before sunset.
To get a better view, climb up the Enoshima lighthouse. Since the lighthouse is in the "Samuel Cocking Garden", you need tickets for both the garden and the lighthouse (500yen).
When I arrived at the light house, there was an event called "Shonan Candle 2009". About 4,000 candles were lit to create a romantic atmosphere in this yearly event.
You can get here to Enoshima by walking from Enoshima st. (Enoshima Dentetsu Line) or Katase-Enoshima St. (Odakyu Line).
Personally, I'm not a heavy cola drinker but I have to admit I depend on it when working late nights. My junior thinks this particular flavor of coca-cola is just yucky but frankly, I cannot tell whether it is any different than the typical coke. It says no calorie on the label which makes me feel a little bit healthier.
The Nippon Series (or Japan Series) is the baseball tournament to determine the best baseball team in Japan. Yesterdays game was between Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters. It was a great game which ended with Giants beating the Fighters 7-4.
This orange rabbit mascot is Jabbit, the mascot for the Giants.
There were also special guests yesterday, former president Bush and former prime minister Koizumi. Here's a grainy photo of them after zooming in many times. Apparently they like baseball.
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