Tokyo Tower

Having been up the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at night and then Tokyo Opera City Building during the day we had a pretty good idea of the cityscape from near Shinjuku. So before we left Tokyo we figured it would be good to have a different perspective so we took the subway over to the…

Shibuya’s famous dog, Hachiko

Tokyo’s Shibuya pedestrian crossing is famous in its own right. There is another notable place to visit in this area. Set off to one side is an old, green tram carriage. It houses the Tourist Information Centre. When we went in for some location information we joined a queue as there was only one elderly man operating…

Kyoto’s Hōnen-in temple

After leaving Ginkaku-ji we followed part of the tree lined Path of Philosophy alongside a narrow canal down to Hōnen-in temple. The path takes its name from 20th century philosopher, Nishida Kitarō, who often wandered along the path deep in thought. For us, we were deep in concentration as Hōnen-in was allegedly easy to miss. However…