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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.

Biycle parking
Bicycle parking in building across the street from our hotel.

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.

Kodokan tournament floor
Up top there was nobody and overall very quiet. We actually hoped to see some sparring as everywhere on the first floor there were posters announcing preparations to some upcoming competitions.

Kodokan tournament floor

Kodokan tournament floor

Kodokan tournament floor
Left side view.

Kodokan tournament floor
Right side view.

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 Wink

Kano statue
Statue of prof. Kano in front of Kodokan building.

And then we headed to Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower
Here to the left of this load is Zojo-ji temple.

Zojo-ji main hall and Tokyo Tower
Zojo-ji Main hall, rebuilt in 1974. In fact all buildings but the gate were lost in WWII.

Zojo-ji main hall inside
Inside of the main hall.

Big drum of luck
On the left side of the main hall there is this big drum of luck.

Tokyo Tower
Behind the main hall a cemetery is located where 15 Tokugawa shoguns are buried.

Zojo-ji cemetery

Zojo-ji grounds

Zojo-ji grounds

Zojo-ji grounds

Jizo

Jizo

Right near the road where we entered these Jizos were standing.

Jizo

The flywheels were rotating with the wind:

Jizo

Jizo

Jizo

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.

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower itself. It's 332.5 m high (1091 ft).

Crepes
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.

View from Tokyo Tower
View of Tokyo from main observatory floor (150m high).

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower

And then we headed to the other elevator to the special observatory.

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower'
Tokyo views from Special observatory floor (250m high).

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower

View from Tokyo Tower

And down to the main observatory.

View from Tokyo Tower

Floor window in Tokyo Tower
Bottom part of the main observatory has a couple of these glass "floor-windows".

Floor window in Tokyo Tower
Standing on the edge was somewhat scary.

Floor window in Tokyo Tower
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 Wink

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.

Sky club
Paper lining a food tray really impressed Ksusha and she tried to get a piece from the staff, but they said they don't have any more.

Sky club
Food and drink serving area.

Sky club

Sky club

Sky club
Part of the waiting area.

Sky club
And another part of the waiting area (that is surprisingly big as a whole actually).

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.

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