When I came back from Japan my friend asked me what surprised me there the most?
Gardens along the river
It might sound a little but corny, but I realized I have never taken a water bus in any city i visited. As usual I suspect there must be something exciting to focus on there. In general, Tokyo with its perfectly planned urban space has a lot to offer to the curious travelers. Since I was using metro almost the whole time in Tokyo, a water bus was a nice change. I took a trip from Hamarikyu Gardens in the very south of the city to the northern Asakusa.
What I found extremely attractive was how the nature is composed with the housings and streets. With all the massive housing across the city there are so many green spaces, gardens, parks. Between Hamarikyu Gardens and Asakusa, along the river, there are amazing green mini-alleys, probably also for pedestrians, cyclists:
- Azumabashi Park
- left shore of Sumida river, near to Binji bridge
- both shores from Binji bridge till Bashoinari Shrine
- green area close to Tokaiinari Shrine
- many more, however it is not obvious the find the names:)
Silence in the metro
Yes. Stay calm and keep silence says Japanese savour vivre. What a wonderful feeling. However how painful it is to go outside the metro, especialy if you go directly to a shopping mall:) What is even more interesting is that you should not eat there, well you should not eat outside in general. With such enormous choice of restaurants it is not that difficult.
Sings in the trains with hilarious English translations
That is definitely something to observe when entering a train in Tokyo. In most of the ads and train signs you will see animals (probably pandas or cats) or funny creatures instead of people. It really reminds of comics.