Government Offices, Chinzanso Garden, and Shin-Edogawa

When I first say that I went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices, people just kind of give me a strange look. However, they don’t realize that I don’t care about the government offices themselves. I actually care about the observatory on the top floor that is completely free to visit. It’s another cool place to go if you’re looking to get good pictures of the city. Yesterday I went to the gardens that are part of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. I have to say, this garden may have been a little small, but I definitely recommend that people go there. The greenery and waterfall were absolutely beautiful. Then today I went to Shin-Edogawa Garden with my Japanese Culture Class at Rikkyo University.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices are a good place to visit if you’re interested in getting pictures of the city skyline for free. It’s obviously not nearly as tall as the Tokyo Sky Tree, so if you’re looking to get absolutely amazing pictures of the city skyline, then I would recommend the Sky Tree. However, if you’re looking to just get some pictures of the skyline without paying an arm an a leg, then the government offices are a great place for that. It was pretty cloudy when I went, so I might go back there when there is better weather because I can do so for free. Plus, the architecture of the government buildings and the other buildings nearby are quite impressive.

On the downside, I was quite surprised to see the number of homeless people. In America, the number of homeless people you see depends on the area you live in. For example, you’re more likely to see more homeless people in New York than you would in a countryside area. However, since arriving in Japan, I’ve really only seen two or three homeless people. Walking down the streets around the government offices was the first time I really saw homeless people here in Japan. It was quite a depressing sight to see.

Yesterday I went to Chinzanso Garden, which is the garden that sits in the backyard of a really fancy hotel. The garden was different from many of the other gardens I have visited in Japan because, while it had water and stones, this seemed to have much more greenery. There weren’t any wide open spaces. Everywhere you looked there was some sort of tree or plant and created some absolutely beautiful walking paths. In the center of the garden was a really pretty waterfall that cascaded over several rocks. It was completely free to enter and a great place to see.

Today, my Japanese Culture class, which focuses on Haiku (a Japanese stlye poem), took a trip to Shin-Edogawa garden. Our professor reserved one of the tea rooms where they gave us green tea and some local snacks. Then we were free to roam the garden in search of inspiration for Haiku writing. I on the other hand, spent way more time taking pictures than trying to write haiku, haha.

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