This is Tokyo.

Hi all,

Last week, I met fellow blogger and photographer, “Cocomino” for lunch (my wife and daughter came too). We had a great time, and Cocomino kindly took us over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Office or tochō (都庁) for short. We got a great view from the observation deck of all of Tokyo. Here’s some of the better photos:

First, here’s the Tokyo Metropolitan Office itself:

Tokyo Metropolitan Building

Quite large. The observation deck is on the 45th floor and is very popular. From here you can see all around Tokyo:

Tall Buildings in downtown Tokyo

These are major office buildings, but I can’t remember their names. Here’s a view of west Tokyo, including Tokyo Tower (orange and white) and the Sky Tree (the tower in the distance to the right):

West Tokyo

And here’s Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi:

Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi

Here’s east Tokyo by the way:

East Tokyo

Considering that the city is 300+ years old, it’s amazing how large it’s grown, even with war and earthquakes. It really blows the mind.

When we came down, we happen to see an ice-carving contest to promote Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics:

Tokyo Olympics Ice Carving

The ice carvers worked for an hour to carve these blocks and made some amazing stuff. It was hard to photograph from a distance though, so I don’t have any good photos. Also, it was sooooooo hot and muggy, we left as soon as the carving was done. 😛

Anyhow, pretty amazing view. Thanks Cocomino!


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

7 thoughts on “This is Tokyo.”

  1. Thank you for calling me a photographer. It’s an honor.
    Indeed, it’s hot and muggy every day.
    I forgot to say that there are two observation decks in tocho. Both of them are located at 45th floor.
    Please enjoy your Japanese trip.


    1. Hi Cocomino,

      It was an honor to meet another reader. ;-). I’m getting used to the heat lately and enjoying the trip as usual. Thanks!


  2. When I was last in Japan, they were making a bid for the 2016 Olympics. I remember seeing stuff everywhere about that. I guess they didn’t get it. 😦
    Best of luck to them for 2020


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