Our last day in Asia allowed us to say goodbye to an amazing country in Japan, and an amazing continent on the whole!
After checking out of our hotel, we managed to battle the baking heat to visit a tea garden situated directly behind our hotel within the Hama-Rikyuu gardens. This peaceful, floating tea house gave us a chance to savour the brilliant Tokyo skyline without the hustle and bustle of being on a street in the city. The heat today was so overbearing that we only lasted here for around 45 minutes before becoming light-headed and made our way to the pier at the other end of the garden in order to catch a river ferry to the Senso-ji temple situated to the north of the city centre.
The boat was another good way to see the city and enabled us to take around 10 photos of the different bridges which straddle this river. Why you may ask? Because that is one of the topics for Houston Primary 6, and every time we see a fancy bridge we need to get a snap! Despite this work related jaunt, the boat trip provided a nice breeze to revive us from what was rediculously high temperatures!
The Senso-ji temple entrance was denoted by a huge lantern and a row of small shops which create an unusal temple entrance. Good fun to try and pick a route through about 300 Japanese and foreign tourists to reach the other end. We just about managed it without bruising anyone, and it was worth it to see the temple at the end. The ice drink seller beside it also helped our affinity for the place!
Another temple over, and another city just about done we headed back to the hotel to collect our bags and then cripple ourselves by humphing them through the now obligatory 3 miles of tunnels to get to anywhere. Backs broken and knackered, we arrived at the airport, checked into our extra legroom seats and waited on our slightly delayed flight.
All in Japan is one amazing country, and one we feel we would love to see more of. Having said that, doing this in the summer would be as sensible as strapping steaks to yourself and going swimming with a Great White Shark. Too hot and sticky. Beware! Thoroughly recommended at any other time!
See you soon on yet another island,
L & A