Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Kalebra absolutely loves gardens, and so on a day tour we made a special trip to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (which was very near our hotel), and it was just beautiful. Three gardens in all; a French garden, an English garden, and a traditional Japanese garden; all smack in the middle of town (much like Central Park in New York). Here's a few shots from there.
I know; this looks like the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, but it's in the French gardens section of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
I only got two shots at night.
Had it been a photo trip, I would have been out shooting at night a lot. Well, that and the fact that I was exhausted at night thanks to the 13-hour time difference. Tokyo really shines at night, and one night after a family night out singing Karaoke I snapped a few shots on the street. Kalebra actually got a way better shot with her iPhone — her framing and timing were spot on. I got two shots. They're kind of 'meh' but don't let that deter you from shooting Tokyo at night — it's incredible, and a missed opportunity shooting wise, but I wouldn't trade it for the fun we had all hanging out together and singing Bon Jovi at the top of our lungs.
Thanks for letting me share my trip with you.
Tokyo is a magical place. Clean. Safe. Fascinating. Fun. The Japanese people were incredibly friendly, helpful and kind everywhere we went. The subways and trains were clean, super-efficient, on-time, and inexpensive. In fact, eating and most everything in Tokyo was reasonably priced — kind of like New York. There are certainly restaurants where you could spend $400 for dinner, but more often than not, lunch or dinner for two was $16 to $20 total. Most often, our dinners in Tokyo (at casual restaurants, not fancy places) cost about what dinner at Chilis in our hometown costs, which was surprising. Maybe it's because we were expecting everything to be so expensive, that it was a pleasant surprise to find out it really wasn't.
This shot, taken from the Tokyo SkyTower Observatory, shows just one small part of Tokyo. It is vast!
The one thing that was expensive (and it was crazy expensive) were taxis and Ubers (yes, they have Uber, but only Uber-Black. Lyft, which I prefer, isn't in Tokyo yet). Tokyo is a HUGE city (see above); spread out like Los Angeles, and often times places you wanted to visit were 25 or 30 minutes away by car, and that cost a bundle — as much as $70 each way, so you're much better off to take the same trip by Subway ($5 each way). So, for the four of us, it was more like $40 round trip, instead of $140. Subways are the way to go in Tokyo.
This was my third trip to Tokyo, and my most fun yet. The kids had a ball, Kalebra and I had a blast all the way around; I got to shoot a few shots here and there, and thank you for letting me share them here with you.
CAMERA INFO: All photos (unless otherwise noted) taken with a Canon EOS R Mirrorless full-frame body with a 16-35mm f/4 lens or a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Camera support: Platypod Ultra and a Gitzo travel tripod, with an Oben BE-117 ballhead. Black Rapid Classic camera strap. Think Tank Turnstyle 10 V 2.0 sling camera bag.