We’ve eaten like locals, we’ve settled in and feel right at home handling money and interacting with other Japanese people so what to do today?
So far hubby and I have gone to places we visited last time and wanted to see again. Today it was time for something different!
We didn’t get to Roppongi last time so we decided to start the day with a trip to Roppongi.
I had a quick look online and saw a couple of places I wanted to visit.
One of the places I read about was the Nogi Shrine.
I won’t go into details here but it’s worth having a google and a read and it made the place all the more interesting to visit.
Lastly, being slightly arachnophobic, I had to visit the great Maman!
It was impressive! If you look up and underneath here, you’ll notice she’s carrying eggs as well.
Now we knew we wanted to eventually get to the Rainbow bridge today but didn’t have set plans and figured we were brave enough to use public transport from wherever we were so we just walked.
Up to now, every place we’ve visited (mostly tourist places) were just packed with people and interesting to see. As we walked we noticed less and less people and less and less shops and restaurants. We were entering a business district? At least that’s what we assumed.
I should give a special mention to these cute Westerners risking their lives on the streets in these interesting vehicles!!
The drivers at the back were actually dressed in onesies and gave us a friendly wave as they drove past.
We walked on thinking we’d hit something interesting soon but after almost an hour of walking we set our google maps for Tokyo Tower and headed back into that direction.
It looked pretty impressive as we approached it.
On the way we passed the Australian Ambassador’s residence and that was interesting to look at too.
Hubby and I weren’t really interested in going up the Tower, we just wanted to sit and have a look at the shops.
My eyes lit up when I saw there was a food court inside! It just makes ordering food so much easier AND they had a place that was doing beef/rice bowls! Alright!!
My beef bowl, topped with runny egg is in the left and hubby had some pork/rice thing. They were both delicious and both came with Miso soup which was really tasty too!
Once we were done with that, hubby asked which train was going to take us to the Rainbow bridge.
I checked out google maps but it was a mass of train/bus confusion and I said “You know, we’re only just under 4kms away, we should walk it!”
I can’t say that hubby agreed but we did end up walking it and I’m glad we did because I think we just see so much more when we walk.
Again, the structure looked impressive as we approached it. They sure don’t do things by halves here!
The pic on the right is NOT the rainbow bridge but the on-ramp to the bridge.
I did take pics of it but unfortunately didn’t load them in time for this entry.
I took a couple of pics from the middle of it though!
It was such an experience!! Apart from the bridge itself, it was incredibly windy. So much so, I thought I was going to drop my phone a couple of times and felt unsteady on my feet! The bridge was constantly shaking and the traffic was noisy as it rushed by.
I really loved it and was glad we’d made the effort to get out here.
Once we crossed the bridge it felt like we were in a different country or even a different era! Everything was quieter and more laid back.
We walked through a couple of malls, bought some over priced frozen yoghurt then hubby begged for us to take the train back over the bridge. I really wanted to walk it again but we took the train.
We’re a bit sad that we’re not able to watch our favourite AFL team The Adelaide Crows playing tonight. Hubby has been trying to get it via anyway he can but we can’t seem to connect. Must be a country thing.
Aside from that, we enjoyed some more local foods. I think we’ve eaten dumplings every day since we’ve been here!!
And the grocery store saw us once again for some bread desserts.
I bought three this time and opened one as hubby and I walked back to our apartment.
I’m not sure I bought the right thing because although it tasted nice, it was like eating raw dough so maybe I’d bought something that had to be baked some more at home?? could that be possible??
Either way it was nice!!
Now back to trying to get that Crows game happening….