No visit to Tokyo would be complete without a stay downtown. So we took my mom to the New Sanno hotel for a few nights to take in the city from that vantage point. After dealing with unexpected traffic and unexpected reservation mistakes, we finally got checked in and out on the town.
Just another day at the office.....
First stop, Tokyo Tower.
This tower was built in 1958, modeled after the Eiffel Tower, as a broadcast tower and is Japan's second tallest structure. It has a great observation deck, which is where we headed.
The view was amazing.
Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge are in the distance.
Nothing but buildings, as far as the eye can see.
There were glass windows in the floor, this is the view straight down. Of course, Ella, my thrill seeker, had to stand on one as quickly as she could get there. My mom, on the other hand, could barely go near it!
The bottom several floors consisted of restaurants and gift shops. Smorked cheese, anyone?
Or, maybe a dried cuttlefish, in Hello Kitty packaging, that is the size of Eva?
Or, banana cakes and cats?
Along the outside was a beautiful rose garden.
This was a cool building near the train station, appropriately called the Green Building.
And finally, Tokyo Tower from a distance.