Tokyo → Osaka → Fukuoka
October 11 - 17, 2016

Shinagawa Station, Tokyo, Japan
Shinagawa is a major railway station in south Tokyo, and connects to western Japan through the Shinkansen network

People crossing the road outside of Shinagawa station

Shinagawa Station - Daiichi Keihin Road at night

A vending machine outside of Shinawaga station
There are over 5 million vending machines in Japan, the largest amount in the world per capita (1 for every 23 people)
Vending machines can dispense both hot and cold beverages

My first meal in Japan
Udon and tempura

A bakery at Shinagawa

My hotel room at Shinagawa
Hotel rooms in Japan are tiny!

Entrance to the Zozo-ji temple
Minato, Tokyo, Japan

Daibonsho (Big Bell) of the Zozo-ji temple
This bell was built in 1673 and is one of the big three bells of the Edo period.
The bell is tolled twice a day - six times each in the early morning and in the evening.

The Buddhist goddess of mercy

The Zōjō-ji Temple
The main temple of Jōdo-shū Buddhism.

Tokyo Tower
At 333m, its one of the tallest structures in Japan

Inside Zōjō-ji Temple
The Amida Buddha - A widely revered Buddhist image since the Edo period, said to bring victory and ward off evil

Jizo garden outside Zōjō-ji temple
The statues represent unborn children (miscarriages, abortions, stillborn etc.). Parents choose a statue and decorate it with clothing and toys.
Included are gifts for Jizo, the guardian of unborn children, to ensure that they are brought into the afterlife.

Prayer Knots (O-mikuji) outside Zōjō-ji temple
Featured prominently outside of temples. You get to pick one out of a box after making a donation.
It contains a random fortune message.

Tokyo Marine Nichido building

Tokyo imperial palace gardens
Visitors are not allowed inside the palace.

Massive park opposite the Imperial palace in Tokyo

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