This is Tokyo.

Hi all,

Last week, I met fellow blogger and photographer, “Cocomino” for lunch (my wife and daughter came too). We had a great time, and Cocomino kindly took us over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Office or tochō (都庁) for short. We got a great view from the observation deck of all of Tokyo. Here’s some of the better photos:

First, here’s the Tokyo Metropolitan Office itself:

Tokyo Metropolitan Building

Quite large. The observation deck is on the 45th floor and is very popular. From here you can see all around Tokyo:

Tall Buildings in downtown Tokyo

These are major office buildings, but I can’t remember their names. Here’s a view of west Tokyo, including Tokyo Tower (orange and white) and the Sky Tree (the tower in the distance to the right):

West Tokyo

And here’s Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi:

Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi

Here’s east Tokyo by the way:

East Tokyo

Considering that the city is 300+ years old, it’s amazing how large it’s grown, even with war and earthquakes. It really blows the mind.

When we came down, we happen to see an ice-carving contest to promote Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics:

Tokyo Olympics Ice Carving

The ice carvers worked for an hour to carve these blocks and made some amazing stuff. It was hard to photograph from a distance though, so I don’t have any good photos. Also, it was sooooooo hot and muggy, we left as soon as the carving was done. :P

Anyhow, pretty amazing view. Thanks Cocomino!

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7 Responses to This is Tokyo.

  1. maryjane8p8 says:

    Thanks for the view of Tokyo, especially the Metropolitan Office.

  2. Doug 陀愚 says:

    Hi maryjane8p8 and welcome!

  3. cocomino says:

    Thank you for calling me a photographer. It’s an honor.
    Indeed, it’s hot and muggy every day.
    I forgot to say that there are two observation decks in tocho. Both of them are located at 45th floor.
    Please enjoy your Japanese trip.

  4. Doug 陀愚 says:

    Hi Cocomino,

    It was an honor to meet another reader. ;-). I’m getting used to the heat lately and enjoying the trip as usual. Thanks!

  5. kelleynymph says:

    When I was last in Japan, they were making a bid for the 2016 Olympics. I remember seeing stuff everywhere about that. I guess they didn’t get it. :(
    Best of luck to them for 2020

  6. kelleynymph says:

    Also, the first picture of the Metropolitan building was breathtaking. Great photo! :)

  7. Doug 陀愚 says:

    Glad you enjoyed. :)

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