ZOJO-JI AND TOKYO TOWER
Thursday, November 09, 2017
After the Imperial Palace we returned to Tokyo Station and took the JR train to Hamamatsucho Station, which is located in the south of Tokyo, to visit the Tokyo Tower.
We found in our way to the tower, the World Trade Center, a very tall building similar to many tall buildings with an observatory in the last floor to see the city from above. However, we decided continue walking to the tower and have the view from there.
We kept walking and we found a magnificent Buddhist Temple named Zojo-ji right before the tower. There is a black Buddha in the main building and many little statues of children outside. Parents and grandparents request to the goddess protection for the children which are represented for the little statues and all wear a red hat. Also is a memorial for still born babies and miscarried babies.
After walking around the temple, we continued to the Tokyo Tower, only to find out that the observatory was closed due to renovation. Well at least let me tell you a bit about this landmark. It is a communication and observation tower at 1092 ft. It is the second tallest structure in Japan and the structure, as you already might have guessed, is an Eiffel Tower inspired tower painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Construction started in June 1957 and ended in 1958. It was open on Dec 23 1958 and it is owned by the Nippon Television City Corporation, over 150 million people have visited it...
When we were leaving, we were asked to participate in a survey for the government of Tokyo to give our opinion as tourists, they are getting ready for the Olympics without doubt. We did it and got a nice scarf as a token of appreciation. It was in English.