A lovely Botanical Garden is in Tokyo, not far from Ginza and
the rest of humanity pressing in around it.
You get the feeling of Central Park in New York, being in a lovely green area surrounded by big buildings.
This beautiful building is Tokyo's Municipal Offices (like a
city hall) in Shinjuku, where Tokyo's highest concentration of sky scrapers are
We were walking back to the hotel, nearby, one night and took this nice night picture.
Peaches are apparently grown both larger and more delicately in Japan than in other parts of the world.
Tokyo's answer to the Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower. This view is from Roppongi, one of Tokyo's entertainment districts.
The "Big Buddha" of Kamakura, about an hour south of Tokyo.
He used to have a temple over the top of him, but it washed away in a Typhoon years ago.
I hope they brought the Big Buddha a keg of sunscreen.
Here's Godzilla, the bloke who stared in the movie. His scale is a little smaller than he appeared in the movie.
Mt. Fuji-san, peering out from above the clouds.
Nikko is a complex of temples and castles near Tokyo. It is famed for its architecture and art, especially...
...the Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil, See no Evil monkeys.
Nagano, home of the 1998 Winter Olympics, is also near Tokyo. This little guy is guarding one of the temples in town. I don't think he was dressed for the rainy weather; instead, he's dressed for a festival of some sort.
This bell tower is in Nara.
The Todai-ji is also near Nara. It houses a big buddha, and is thought to be the largest wooden building in the world.
And now to the South of Japan. This is the inner gate of Nijo-jo, in Kyoto.
This building is called Heian Jingu. It boasts the largest Torii in Japan, and is built to resemble the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
This bridge is on the grounds of Heian Jingu.
This is the Golden Pavilion. Isn't it a pretty setting for a pretty building?
This small shopping street is also in Kyoto. It's a nice
example of how hilly much of Japan is.
It's like being on a island with the topography of San Francisco.
And now to Hiroshima and the famous Itsukushima-Jinja Torii. At high tide, it's feet get all wet.
This is the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, near the place the
bomb was dropped.
It is preserved just as it was August 1945.