3 | Tokyo
After the rain and humidity combination of yesterday we were happy to wake up to blue skies and the promise of a rain free day. We took the metro out to visit the Skytree, the worlds tallest tower that boasts views of Tokyo at 350 metres. We were the only Australian tourists in our group, and were treated to a personalised announcement in English, just for us! The 360 degree views were amazing, I don't think we'll ever tire of a birds eye view of a new city! All of the greys and soft whites of the buildings meant we needed to wear sunglasses for most of the viewing - it's a whole lot of glare up there! Mt Fuji was one thing we would have liked to have seen, but the clouds were too low and we missed out.
Back on the subway into Ueno, where we spent most of the day in the park. Similar to the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Ueno Park has a huge pond, museums and galleries, cafes and the Ueno Zoo. We stopped in at the pond to see the Swan Boats and spent a happy half hour pedalling around the water. Rumour has it that the pond is cursed, and that you're not really supposed to ride with the person you love in the swan boat. I am not convinced in the slightest, the boats are pastel and are wearing bow ties. No way could they be bad luck!
Next stop was Ueno Zoo, completely amazing and ridiculously cheap. ¥600 (around $6.50 in Australia) bought entry to a huge zoo home to animals from all the around the world. Taronga Zoo will never look the same, although our giraffes do have the better views. The Giant Panda was our first sighting, a happy fellow enjoying some quality time with his bamboo. We spent the next 2 hours exclaiming about all of the animals we were seeing, quickly working through a bucket list of animals we wanted to see that we thought would take years and visits to many countries to tick off. Flamingos! Giant Anteater! A Sloth! Capybara! Tapir! Aardvark! Slow Loris! I don't think there are many animals left to see!
Knackered from walking everywhere, we took a little afternoon break to rest our legs. Back into Shibuya in the evening for dinner, we found ourselves at a sushi train where we ordered on iPads! We selected the dish we wanted, and it was delivered to you on a conveyer belt, where we removed the dish and sent the tray back to the kitchen. Dinner has never been so fun (or cheap at ¥105 a dish). One last look around Shibuya and back onto the subway back to our place. We're heading out tomorrow morning for 14 hours of flying from Tokyo to Stockholm, hoping all of our walking in the last 2 days have tired us out enough to not be too restless during the flights.