Day 7 in Tokyo: Kodokan, Tokyo Tower
On our 15th (and last full) day in Japan at first we went to Kodokan, the Judo academy and museum. Not that we are very interested in Judo, but a friend asked to get him some stuff there and since we had nothing better to do anyway we decided to check it out.
Finding Kodokan was not complicated, it was basically just around a corner from a subway station we arrived to.
At first we bought a ton of stuff in the gift shop located on the first floor and then headed to the top floor where the main tatami floor is located.
Additionally we went to the library that also had a museum exhibit of Judo history in Japan and history of prof. Kano, the founder of Judo. We were the only ones in the museum, but still decided to comply with the "no photo" signs, just in case
And then we headed to Tokyo Tower
Right near the road where we entered these Jizos were standing.
The flywheels were rotating with the wind:
A newer building nearby had something that looked like an ongoing
service ordered by just a single person. Pictures were not allowed, but I
took some audio of the chanting.
Also there Ksusha bought a clay dragon charm.
And then we moved on.
Crepes are sold near the entrance and we finally go to try some as there was no line (not really surprising on an overcast day like that I guess). An impressive list of filling is available too. The cost varies from 400 to 500 yen.
Entrance to the tower including the special observatory is 1420 yen per person.
And then we headed to the other elevator to the special observatory.
Tokyo views from Special observatory floor (250m high).
And down to the main observatory.
And standing on the glass itself was even more scary. A group of Japanese women was not able to stand on the glass and were shocked to see us standing there. Still we took this picture and jumped off fast
After we got down it was already pretty dark and so the day was basically finished.
Next day in the morning we headed to the airport, as it is usual we have arrived a few hours in advance and spent the extra time in Delta SkyClub that we really like.
This basically concluded our second visit to Japan.
And then we boarded a plane and got back home... only to return back to Japan just a week later.