At night you can just see the tallest of buildings from downtown Nagoya from my neighborhood.
A few weekends ago, I went to a festival in Inuyama with some friends from work.
During that time, we also visited Inuyama’s famous castle.
The castle features a balcony at its top, from which you can enjoy an amazing view of the city below.
Last weekend I visited Tachikawa to see some friends. Afterwards, I went for a walk around the station and had had a snack.
It was around rush hour, so it was pretty busy.
The weather started off well, but did a complete turn mid-afternoon. The sky was cloudy and it rained from time to time.
All in all, it was still a nice trip.
The first stop on our journey, after finding breakfast, was Asakusa station to see the Tokyo Skytree. We decided that because we had a lot of extra time, we would walk from the station.
Unfortunately we misjudged the distance by quite a lot.
Once we finally got there, there wasn’t much of a wait to buy tickets or ride the elevator up. We arrived a little but after 8:30, so it wasn’t too crowded.
We visited the 345th, 350th, 445th and 450th floors to take pictures.
There was a Marvel Avengers event going on, due to the newest movie, so the upper floors had superhero themed decorations, models, and merch.
We spent about an hour and a half there, investigating everything, and looking out the huge windows. Once we were done, we decided our next destination, then headed to the subway station.
What should have been a ten minute walk turned into a half an hour of google maps telling me to try and walk through buildings.
Every time I thought I was finally going the right way, my phone would ping-pong and tell me to go in a different direction.
As I often tell my mom, my sense of adventure is strong but my sense of direction is not.
I recently had some free time, so I hopped on a train to Gifu. Since coming to Japan, I have never been to Gifu City, though I have worked in several schools in the prefecture. I thought it was time to remedy that.
The train ride was pretty short, since I took a rapid train. It was the afternoon rush hour (weekday), so I had to stand the entire trip, but the ride was only about fifteen minutes.
The station is pretty impressive, with a large plaza for meeting people and a long wooden boardwalk.
Nearby is Tower 43, a shopping mall, condominium, and observation area all in one. The observation area is completely free, which is nice. It is rather small however.
You can see a lot from the large windows and a one- sided-glass elevator connecting the first four floors and the forty third.
I ended up staying only about ten minutes, since there isn’t that much to see or do. The observation area is attached to a fancy restaurant, but when I was there it wasn’t open yet and really out my price range.
I would like to come back at night some time, to see the city lit up. I have a feeling it would be beautiful.