The Imperial Palace & Ginza

Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 26, 2011

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Flag of Japan  , Tōkyō,
Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Imperial Palace sits high on the hill surrounded by blocks on beautiful gardens and parks and cut off from the city by a moat. The palace is not open to the public most of the time, but the gardens often are.

We were unlucky to go on a day when they must have been having a function (we saw nice looking cars going in and out of the guarded entrance) and the gardens were unfortunately closed.We still had a good look from a distance and it was a nice day out. It was easy to imagine samurai and noble people going about their business a few centuries ago.

Because the gardens were closed, we got to Ginza a little earlier than planned.

is the main shopping area for all the big name brands.. Gucci, Prada, Loui, Cartier etc At night they light up the buildings with artistic displays and it's apparently quite a sight. 

We killed some time looking through the shops (including a $10 cup of coffee in one cafe, ouch). I especially loved Gucci, with four floors of shopping and a cafe! We enjoyed a Gucci Italian hot chocolate and a lovely almond cake while we waited for sunset.

Sadly the lights were not as my partner remembered them - we think they might have been saving power after the earthquake (the city is having major power supply problems). It was still good to see. The people watching was great and there was definitely a different feel from the other areas of Tokyo we'd visited.
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