Friday, January 1, 2016

NHK Studio Park

Walking way home, still within the temple, we stopped to Bunkakan a circular building which houses Homotsu-Tenjishitsu (Treasure Museum Annex). We do not enter into the museum but stop by at one of the corners to trap Dhuhr Asr prayer at a time to sit around for lunch just to fill the stomach.

The time was 16:30 when we were walking towards Shibuya area. Actually, it could also take the train but because the air is very clear that afternoon so we decided to walk alone while seeing the sights. Passes through the side of Yoyogi Park no warning we found two cherry trees blooming early. Wow gold it was like to meet one sack.

Frankly we did not expect to meet with sakura considering the time of our visit were too early for the cherry season. Once satisfied photographed narcissistic like crazy, we continue to walk to our first stop in Shibuya that NHK Studio Park.

NHK Studio Park
a. NHK Studio Park

About 15 minutes' walk from the Meiji Shrine, the place looks deserted and quiet when we got there. Television and radio stations most prominent in Japan, offers the opportunity for visitors to see "behind the scenes" making of some programs such as the NHK Studio Park kara Konnichiwa, manufacture newscasts and Japanese dramas.

Admission is only 200 yen with opening hours from 10:00 to 18:00 with the last time entered at 17:30. Because our arrival already tight with the closing hours, it was decided not to go alone. Actually, if indeed the intention to visit the NHK studio I had to remove a visit to the Tsukiji Market so that there is a time at least 2 hours here. So for a while I had to settle for photographs in front of it. Information about the NHK Studio Park can be seen here.

Statue of Hachiko
B. Shibuya Crossing and the Statue of Hachiko

From NHK Studio, we walk to Shibuya station to be based on some of the most prominent mall diarea it. Malls became my benchmark among others Marui City Shibuya, Shibuya Center Gai and Shibuya 109. Shibuya as well Harajuku Fashion is the center of Youth and Culture. Many fashion trends and entertainment born in this place.

This is not surprising because almost all the leading department store certainly open a branch in this area include Tokyu and Seibu Department field two giant competitors and Fashion store. The tourists usually come to this place to see Shibuya Crossing, located just in front of Shibuya station. When the red light, cars in 6 roads that pass in this area will stop. Like marbles scattered from the box, the intersection will be met by the thousands of people who cross each cross towards goal each.

While observing the busy crossing in Shibuya Crossing, usually the second thing is often done by tourists are photographed with the statue of the dog Hachiko. This statue became the most famous meeting point in Shibuya as a very strategic location. Hachiko died a year after the statue was made around 1934, had attended the inaugural launch of its image and become a local celebrity because of his unwavering loyalty to his employer. After taking pictures together Hachiko (mainstream really :)) I do the third thing many tourists do not know that is going to the basement Tokyu Department Store which is right above the floor of the Shibuya station to look and taste samples of food at the food court.

Depachika Department Store
C. Depachika Tokyu Department Store

Along with the demand for food is fresh and ready to eat, many Department Store in Japan that makes basement area as a food market. They call depachika which is a combination of "Depato" (meaning department store) and "chika" (basement). Depachika very interesting to explore because of its shape like a special meal but the indoor market. Almost all types of food there is here than the price of the cheapest to expensive, from raw to ready to eat. Ease back, almost every stand provides a sample for tasting. The best depachika in Tokyo's version of the Lonely Planet is depachika Isetan in Shinjuku, but the biggest is depachika Seibu in Minami Ikeburo.

A visit to depachika Tokyu while closing my routes walking tour in Shibuya. Although this region is one of the busiest areas in Tokyo, a stroll here is very convenient. Pedestrian path neatly arranged, no smell of exhaust vehicle and the driver was very polite and respectful of pedestrians. Anyway seemed not to be in one of the busiest and most populous city in the world. A walking route from Meiji Shrine in Shibuya

From Shibuya neighborhood, we continued our journey back to Shinjuku Station. The time clock is shown at 18:30, still plenty of time before the bus we were riding towards Kyoto will leave. The plan tonight we will take the bus Willer Express to Kyoto 24.30 hours and is expected to Kyoto at 07.30 in the morning.

After taking the bag in a locker front of the Odakyu, we rushed to Willer Express headquarters are located in Shinjuku Sumitomo Building. When viewed from the map yng given Willer they suggest walking just because the distance is close enough (about 10 minutes' walk according to them). But I doubt the size of the 10-minute walk Indonesian and Japanese, 10 minutes 1 hour they might me :) plus plus 7 kg backpack shoulder in the end we decided to ride the train alone.

Quite a ride from Shinjuku station Toei subway - Oedo Line (E27) get off at the station Tochomae (E28) exit A6. This exit is located just below the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building. Upon check maps, incidentally position Sumitomo Building in close proximity to the building TMG (Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building) located at the exit A3 and A4. Finally, because time is long we might as well decide to look at TMG.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
D.Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (TMG)

This building can be regarded as its Tokyo City Hall, as the headquarters of the Tokyo government. The 202 meter high building was once the tallest building in Tokyo until 2007 when the Midtown Tower was completed. TMG become one of the favorite places because it has two decks where the observatory from where we could view the city of Tokyo from a height.

Even if the weather is very clear, from this observatory we also can see Mount Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and Tokyo Dome. For scenery in daylight recommended rise in South Observatory overlooking the Odaiba district while the night scenery can ride to the North Observatory is open until 23:00 hours. Fun again is a free entry ticket.

At that time, because the South Observatory is closed (closing time 17:30), we go up to the North Observatory to gaze at the sparkling city of Tokyo at night. Because included in the government building before climbing backpack and bags will be checked strictly. Once above the scenery is very beautiful.