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Old Posted Jul 30, 2013, 7:54 AM
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Popping my Asia cherry in Tokyo

August 2012 - I finally get to my third continent with an eight-day stay in Tokyo. I had a bit of an itinerary (thanks in large part to suggestions from forumers Shawn and LeeWilson) but really just got off at popular subway stations and wandered around those areas, going up to the many observation decks in the city, and pointing at pictures on restaurant menus. I spent an afternoon in Yokohama as well (where I think many of my better photos were taken), checking out the pier, Chinatown, and of course Landmark Tower.

I'm thinking I'll have at least five hundred photos to post (decided to be less selective than many and post more than just my favourites), but rather than doing five plus threads I'll just post more in this thread as I edit them (I only just finished the first hundred).

Anyway, here we go...

1. En route to Shinjuku from Narita.


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3. First spotting of the new SkyTree.


4. Arriving in Shinjuku.


5. The view from my room in the Shinjuku Washington Hotel.


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Thanks for having a look. There will be more to come (including most of the best stuff) once I edit another bunch.
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Great pics, can't wait to see more.
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Nice work. Are you a Canon or Nikon guy?
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Looks like I took the same bus, and stayed in the same hotel (smells of smoke) as you did on my first visit to Tokyo. Did you use the tunnel to Shinjuku?

2nd time I was in a much nicer Ginza hotel opposite Tokyo Station which was great, but I prefer the Shinjuku area and would recommend the area for first-time visitors.
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Nice tour. I miss my time in Tokyo, such a fantastic city.

We almost stayed at the Shinjuku Washington, but sprang for the Tokyu Excel Shibuya overlooking the intersection. Since you didn't get a night shot, here are 2 for you from us


(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...2/DSC_0471.jpg)


(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...5/DSC_0080.jpg)
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Very cool! I love how Japan has those "small" streets that have retail. I could really use some sushi now...
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Haha, thanks Cold. I love that one from above. Shibuya would be a fun place to stay as well, I'm sure.

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Looks like I took the same bus, and stayed in the same hotel (smells of smoke) as you did on my first visit to Tokyo. Did you use the tunnel to Shinjuku?

2nd time I was in a much nicer Ginza hotel opposite Tokyo Station which was great, but I prefer the Shinjuku area and would recommend the area for first-time visitors.
I may have taken that tunnel. I can't really remember, but I do seem to remember something of the sort. I think Shinjuku is indeed a good base for a first-time visit. It's easy to get to the rest of the city (though many other areas are as well), and Shinjuku Station is quite the introduction to the transportation system in the city. At least it was for me as I first went there as people were heading to work on a weekday morning. It was crazy busy.
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Looks like a lot of fun city exploring! Really ought to get my ass off this continent one of these days...
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Ahhhhhhh TOKYO supreme!!!!
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..The urban giant comes alive.......a little scary, but fun.
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Oh man. It seems so easy to get lost among the sea of urbanness. Though what I love is that Tokyo looks so clean.
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even with a gajillion people stacked up on one another, its still looks orderly and nice. western city planners should take note (with the exception of rats nest overhead distribution lines, but meh...). nice pics.
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Awesome pics.

I think I could get used to that. I'd probably need some curtains for my windows, though.
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Nice to see these pictures finally get their day in the sun. All. 500. of. them. Jesus, man. That's some serious photo-taking.

This is already a super thorough tour. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where else you went in the Ultra City.
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I have to admit that despite all the great skyscraper shots and streets capes, the thing repeatedly had me mesmerized were those awesome tangles of overhead wires and telephone poles in some of your shots. Very cool, great stuff.
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Fantastic work. Looks GORGEOUS! :-)
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the comments and views!

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Oh man. It seems so easy to get lost among the sea of urbanness. Though what I love is that Tokyo looks so clean.
Yeah, it's shockingly clean. I too love that about Tokyo.

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This is already a super thorough tour. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where else you went in the Ultra City.
Thanks man. Like I said, I basically just pick a subway stop on the map with lots of connections (probably a popular area), go there and wander around aimlessly. It's a great way to visit foreign cities, imo.

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I have to admit that despite all the great skyscraper shots and streets capes, the thing repeatedly had me mesmerized were those awesome tangles of overhead wires and telephone poles in some of your shots. Very cool, great stuff.
Hehe, I like it too. Certainly more of that to come in this thread.
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