TOKYO TOWER

La Tour Eiffel de Tokyo

La Tour de Tokyo est une tour japonaise de radiodiffusion, inaugurĂ©e en 1958 Ă  l’image de la Tour Eiffel, dans l’arrondissement de Minato au sud de la capitale. Elle est l’une des plus hautes tour en mĂ©tal du monde, avec une hauteur de 333 mĂštres et deux observatoires sur la ville. Reconnaissable Ă  ses couleurs rouges et blanches, elle s’illumine la nuit selon les saisons et Ă©vĂšnements. La Tokyo Tower possĂšde deux observatoires. Le premier, Ă  145 mĂštres du sol, est d’ailleurs accessible aux plus courageux par un escalier. On y trouve un plancher vitrĂ© ainsi que, pour la petite anecdote, le sanctuaire shinto le plus Ă©levĂ© de la prĂ©fecture de Tokyo. À 250 mĂštres se situe l’observatoire spĂ©cial, juste au-dessous de la haute antenne. De lĂ -haut, le Mont Fuji s’aperçoit par temps clair.

Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna. The tower’s main observatory at 145 meters is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase. Thanks to the tower’s central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. There are also some “lookdown windows” in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a cafe where visitors can enjoy refreshments. A second set of elevators connect the main observatory to the 250 meter high special observatory, from where you can get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo from high above the surrounding buildings. The special observatory is the third highest observation deck in Tokyo. When visibility is good, visitors can see the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji in the distance.

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Gokoku-ji

Gokoku-ji est un temple du Bouddhisme Shingon situĂ© dans le quartier Bunkyo de Tokyo. Le temple est fondĂ© par le cinquiĂšme shogun Tokugawa, Tsunayoshi, qui le dĂ©die Ă  sa mĂšre. Il se distingue pour avoir survĂ©cu aux bombardements amĂ©ricains pendant la guerre alors que la plupart des autres sites historiques Ă  Tokyo ont Ă©tĂ© transformĂ©s en dĂ©combres – dont Meiji-jingĆ«, reconstruit en 1958.

Gokokuji, just east of Ikebukuro Station, is a beautiful wooden Buddhist temple founded in 1681 by the fifth shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in honour of his mother. One of the few temples to survive the bombing of WWII, and one of the even fewer to have also survived the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Gokokuji offers a rare look at a Buddhist Temple built before the twentieth century. Besides the main temple—Honden —the grounds host a large up-kept cemetery with stone pathways, a Buddha statue, and a small pagoda. Makes for a perfectly peaceful spot for an afternoon stroll.
Every year, the temple celebrates Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) on April 6 to commemorate Buddha’s birthday. The temple is also popular during cherry blossom season as it has many varieties of cherry trees.

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Lake Kawaguchiko + Mount Fuji

On n’Ă©tait pas supposĂ© y aller au Mont Fuji mais bon, mon amie Emeline a promis Ă  son petit copain de prendre une photo. Et oui, ils font souvent des photos moitiĂ©-moitiĂ© complĂ©mentaires.. Du coup, pour lui faire plaisir nous y sommes allĂ©es. J’Ă©tais opĂ©e mais plutĂŽt Ă  faire de la randonnĂ©e.. Choquant mais oui puisqu’on n’y va pas tous les jours au Mont Fuji, autant l’escalader mĂȘme si je n’aime pas cela. Malheureusement les filles n’Ă©taient pas du tout motivĂ©es donc on est juste allĂ©e au lac Kawaguchiko pour prendre les cabines car le spot photo se trouvait en hauteur et par la mĂȘme occasion, nous avons vu le Mont Fuji sous les nuages ce jour-lĂ  malheureusement.
Je veux juste retourner au Japon pour faire le petit trip : Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Nagoya mais aussi Okinawa pour la plongée sous marine, les plages et le soleil.

We didn’t plan to go to Mount Fuji at first but my friend Emeline promised to her boyfriend to go there to take a picture. Yea, they often do that kind of silly pictures.. So, we went there for her. I was totally in to do the hiking.. Yes, me, ChloĂ©! Shocking but true, because we don’t often go to Japan and Mount Fuji so I wanted to experience it.. Unfortunetaly, the girls weren’t motivated so we just went to Lake Kawaguchiko to take the cable cabs. Arrived at the top, we took the picture at the spot for Emeline and then we saw Mount Fuji but that day, it was surrounded by clouds..
Now, I want to go back to Japan to go to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Nagoya like a road trip and Okinawa for snorkelling, beaches and sun.

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