Tokyo Revisited

It’s been a long time since I visited Tokyo so at the end of our Japan cruise we stayed in Tokyo to have the opportunity to revisit this incredible city.


We headed into the heart of Ginza for a wander around the streets and of course to sample some of the great local Japanese food. One of the city’s top shopping districts, Ginza is packed with upmarket boutiques and ritzy cocktail and sushi bars. Fine jewellry is sold in the 1930s Wako Honkan department store, while ultramodern Ginza Place specializes in high-tech electronics. On weekends, main drag Chuo Dori becomes a stylish pedestrian promenade. Traditional Japanese dance and drama is staged at the landmark Kabuki-za theater. 

Hibaya Park

Needing a rest from the busy streets of Ginza we walked to Hibaya Park. Hibiya Park is a park in Tokyo covering an area of 161,636.66 m² between the east gardens of the Imperial Palace to the north, the Shinbashi district to the southeast and the Kasumigaseki government district to the west.

Imperial Palace

A visit to Tokyo would not be complete without visiting the Imperial Palace so from Hibaya Park to the west entrance of the palace grounds.

The Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo, literally ‘Imperial Residence’) is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda district of the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains several buildings including the Fukiage Palace (吹上御所, Fukiage gosho)where the Emperor has his living quarters, the main palace (宮殿, Kyūden) where various ceremonies and receptions take place, some residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices.

More of Ginza

Walking from the Imperial Palace we headed back towards Ginza again in search of a good place for dinner.

Tempura Abe Honten Restaurant

We found a fabulous tempura restaurant in a small side street and were served up the most delightful lightly-battered tempura – a great way to finsih our day in Tokyo.

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