Last week was Golden Week in Japan, which is a collection of different holidays that are conveniently grouped together. Lots of Tokyo-dwellers take the opportunity to get away from it all and travel around Japan and overseas. Not for new arrivals to the country with no accrued leave, though! Luckily, there’s plenty of Tokyo I haven’t seen yet.
I got the chance to go to Sunshine 60 in Ikebukuro, located in the north-west of Tokyo. It’s a 60 story building with lots (and lots) of shops, restaurants, offices and even a theme park. Right up the top is an excellent observatory which allows some lovely photo opportunities (click to make them bigger).
“Dense” is a word that often springs to mind in Tokyo – no space goes to waste:
On a clear day you’re supposed to be able to see Mt Fuji – but today was not one of those days, sadly:
Aside from the vast skyline, it’s interesting to take a closer look at things from a new perspective, like a cemetery:
…or the multi-level expressways that snake through lots of Tokyo, wherever there is room for them:
…or even a baseball game going on 60 stories below:
The legends are true – people really do look like ants.