Lost.. I literally got lost two weeks ago in Tokyo! I was on my way to submit my passport to an authorised Canadian liaison office in Minato-ku, Tokyo but it took me sometime to find their building. After my 5-minute transaction at the said office, I still have more than 3 hours to burn before going to Hikawadai for my class. I decided to continue being lost instead…
Since Tokyo Tower is just a few meters away, I made a brief tour around the area. It has been 5 years since my last visit, it was a nice opportunity for me to revisit the place and see what’s new. Although there were some developments around, I was fascinated with how the old buildings and infrastructures were preserved and blended.
Knowing that most of the tourists especially the foreigners tend to go straight to Tokyo Tower, I concentrated my sightseeing adventure to Zojoji Temple. It is one of the major Buddhist Temple in Tokyo which served as the family temple of the Tokugawa shogunate. From Daimon station or Hamamatsucho station, the temple can be seen in front of Tokyo Tower. Its majestic gate, known as the Sangedatsumon, welcomes its visitors with awe. Unfortunately at that time the gate was closed, so I needed to enter from the side.
After paying my respects at the main hall, the greenery at the inner back part caught my attention. My curiosity led me to the Tokugawa Mausoleum where the tombs of Tokugawa shoguns are located.
From the mausoleum, I walked a little further uphill at the back of the main hall where I found a small teahouse. There were also some small deities decorated with colorful adornments located near the gates.
Walking around, I noticed that one of the main features of the city is its advocacy for peace. There were several landmarks and statues that promotes peace initiated by the locals living in the area.
From Hamamatsucho station, I went to Ikebukuro via Yamanote Line. From there I will change to Yurakucho to go to Hikawadai station for my English class. Still an hour and a half early, I decided to walk around Ikebukuro station to find something to eat. My search for a not-so-crowded restaurant led me to the roof deck of Seibu Department Store. All my efforts of finding the place paid off! The rooftop garden is a haven!!!