Tokyo has been on my mind a lot recently due to the Olympic Games, so I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of this amazing city.
Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is the biggest city in the world and is home to 36 million people. Yet it is amazing that with so many people, intensity, extreme heat in the summer, traffic jams, and so many other factors that can make tempers flare, it remains the safest city in the world.
One of the things I love about Tokyo are the many gardens and temples where one can escape the intensity and retreat into a quiet sanctuary. Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is one such place. This 144 acre park dates back the the Edo Period. It was mostly destroyed during WWII, but by 1949 it had been rebuilt and was opened to the public. The park contains over 20,000 trees, as well as French and English gardens, lakes, ponds, a greenhouse and much more.
The Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens date back to the early 1600s, at the beginning of the Edo Period. It is the oldest garden in Tokyo and a delight to experience.
There are many temples in Tokyo as well.
And of course, I love wandering in an area and snapping photos.
I hope you enjoyed this post and it motivates you to visit Japan one day. I have been there twice and found the people to be incredibly polite, welcoming, helpful and friendly. I hope to visit again someday to see more of this beautiful country.
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