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Visits in Tokyo: Imperial Palace, Asakusá and Ginza

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We also take this day very calmly. The tiredness of the trip was becoming heavier and harder to get up soon. So when we finally got out of the apartment we went to visit the Gardens of the Imperial Palace. To get there we took the subway to the Otemachi station. Obviously the Imperial Palace cannot be visited because the royal family still lives there, in fact you can only see a small part of the palace in the distance, because almost everything is covered by vegetation. It shows that we were already tired and that we were not alert, because when we arrived at the gardens we saw that they were closed. The schedule is from 9 to 16h on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. As you could not see anything and I had the tension on the floors we went in search of a Starnbucks in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčOtemachi.

Otemachi, seen from the entrance to the imperial gardens.

Otemachi is one of Tokyo's business areas and is full of office buildings. If you are coffee lovers, I recommend that you drink them in a Starbucks in Japan. I am quite against them because in Spain a coffee with milk comes out for 4 euros. But my friend Mo made me realize that in Japan the coffee in the Starbucks is worth the same as in any cafeteria, but the good thing is that there they prepare it for them, on the other hand they usually do machines that have the programs already made ( kind like the office ones but a little better), which is worth it. After having my coffee relaxed on one of the sofas, we walked to Tokyo Station, which is about 15 minutes from the Imperial Palace.

Tokyo station outside. It seems small, but it is only the tip of the iceberg.

We had been during our trip countless times inside Tokyo Station, but we had never seen it outside. The station was finished in 1914 and mimics that of Amsterdam, but bad luck again, I was rehabilitating it and it was all full of scaffolding.

Senso-ji Temple of Asakusa.

Having seen it, we went for a walk in Asakusá. In principle we had not planned to go because we had already seen it in previous trips, but it is always worth going around the neighborhood. The highlight is the Senso-ji temple. At the entrance of the temple is the Nakamise-dori, which is a small street full of souvenir shops and traditional food that leads to the main pavilion. The truth is that it was crowded because we got there around 1pm, if you want to visit more calmly it is better to go first thing.

Walking through Asakusa.Food: Katsu-kare and Katsu setto.The Asahi building, although it is supposed to be beer foam,
many call them the poop building ... why will it be?

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