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peaceful out (last day in 日本)



We got out early on our last day and rode once more to Harajuku Station. This time instead of turning into the chaotic and colorful shops, we went the opposite direction, across the bridge, and into the woods.

The Meiji Shrine in Shibuya is a quiet escape into the green of nature. Just to show you the contrast of this quiet place, here’s a satellite of the area from Google Maps.

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We took a wonderfully quiet walk on the winding road leading to the shrine. It was strangely quieter than it had been in days. We transported out of Tokyo and into an oasis of historical forest. There were a lot of people taking pictures and looking at artifacts. However, everyone seemed respectfully still. Either this place puts people at peace or the type of person who comes here is the reverent type.

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After the nice morning walk, we said goodbye to our hotel room. It will be nice to be in our home again, but I never want to leave. Maybe someday they will be the same place.


the fancy, bedside controls for everything in the room


the government building across the street had a lovely roof garden

We finally rode the Shinkansen on the way to the airport. I took tons of pictures. Nothing was too mundane for photos. I was desperate to keep the experience going. From the other side of the aisle I could hear the clicking of another camera. I guess nobody wants to leave. We have to go sometime, but please let us take a little of Tokyo with us.

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I will miss Japan everyday until we can return. Tokyo is fascinating and grand. We only barely saw the scratches on the surface. This only means there are many future trips for us. Until we see you again, さようなら (sayonara).

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Posted in travel by dA on May 17th, 2013 at 11:23 AM.

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