Tuesday, March 31, 2009

::Tokyo with the Family: Part 2 Tokyo Tower::

So, after we visited The Meiji Shrine we took a short bus ride over to Tokyo Tower. We were dropped off in front of the tower, and walked directly inside and got in line.
Our Tour Guide collected our tickets, and we were set!
The line was Very Short IMO, and we worked through it in about 10~15 minutes.
There are '3' big Elevators to the Observatory. They are FAST, and boy... you sure do get crammed inside! There are 6 windows in the elevator, but the view is not good, as all you see is steal! But, that's ok, as when you get off ... the Main Viewing areas are BIG and Beautiful!
I was Amazed at How Big and Spacious the Observatory was. :)

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park. At 1,091 ft, it is the tallest self-supporting steel structure in the world and the tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.

Guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-story Main Observatory<------- Where we went~ is located at 492 ft , while the smaller Special Observatory (We did not go, as the line was Very long... and the kids would not handle it.) reaches a height of 820 ft.

Located in the base of the tower is a 4-story building known as FootTown.
The first floor includes the Aquarium Gallery, a reception hall, the 400-person-capacity "Tower Restaurant," a FamilyMart and a souvenir shop<------- Where we bought our take home memory.
The second floor is primarily a food and shopping area. In addition to the five standalone restaurants, the second floor's food court consists of four restaurants, including a McDonald's and a Pizza-La <----(Where the kids and I had Lunch)

Here are some of the photo's of our trip.
I also have one video... so look for that on the next blog post!
The video is gives Really Good views/idea of what it is like to Actually BE AT Tokyo Tower!
Be sure to check it out! (Ethan and the kids are also featured! LOL)
(You may have to visit The Blog --->HERE<--- to view the video if you receive this Blog Via E-mail)

We saw the Tokyo Tower on our way to Meiji Shrine, this photo was taken from the bus.
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WE HAVE ARRIVED!
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The 3 Elevators, as we walked in.
Lets get in Line! :)
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Our Tickets were included in the price of the trip.
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Crazy Kids, in line.
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We were VERY Aquished in the elevator.
The ride was Smooth, and Quick!
I loved the Lights inside, they changed as we went higher and higher!
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Olivia & the View.
So amazing!
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Evan, and his View.
We lifted him up often, but i did love how they had the lower area for viewing. ;)
He enjoyed himself too, although this is when he started to go 'down hill' behavor wise.
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This is my Favorite Photo of the Views @ Tokyo Tower!!!
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Ethan suggested that we get Coins made. So, we did! ;)
You 1st buy the coin (prices range from 400~600 Yen) and then you put it in the machine, and pay 50Y for Stamping.
You can enter up to 20 something letters/numbers.
We decided on the kids names & ages. As the years pass, we will go back and get a diffrent coin, and add their NEW age. If we put them in a shadow box w/ a photo of them @ the tower, it will make a Very Nice Keepsake! ;)
So, thats the plan.

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Evan, just chill'n on the Glass Floor . He did not have any sort of fear whatsoever!
It was funny.
He was crawling ... laying...dancing and sitting on this floor!
:)
CUTE!
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Olivia on the other hand was a diffrent story, but we were very proud of her!
She tried it, and was no afraid!
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We walked out of the tower and ... look up! This is what we see!
I still can not believe where i live! It's so FUN!
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We let the children ride Thomas (Olivia was not thrilled, but wanted to ride too). Evan was so excited to see this ride.
We did not spend that much time up here... but, next time we will!
Lunch was next, and i was NOT expecting the crowds... and the lack of seating, and the lines.
This was the biggest dissapoinment of the Tokyo Tower, but we made the best of it.
We got seating, and had a nice lunch.
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After lunch and a QUICK shopping trip we bought a Dessert Waffle (2). Ours was this Carmel/Almond and the kids had Chocolate Dream! It was super BIG, so we shared!
Delsih!
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When in Sasebo we happened (by chance) to 'collect' a few of these tea cups.
I love them so very much ... and when Ej was at SUMO in February he bought me a tea cup.
I thought, wouldnt it be nice to pick up a few more on this (3 yr)tour... so for my Quick (we had no time left) 'take-home memory' I bought a Tokyo Tea Cup. ;)

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4 comments:

Slime said...

Cute teacup collection! Perfect Japanese keepsakes! I collect buddahs, and darumas. And chopstick stands. Oh, and matchbooks. And ticket stubs. And prints/pictures of Fuji-san. LOL I couldn't decide which one to collect, so I just collect them all!

Slime said...

Cute teacup collection! Perfect Japanese keepsakes! I collect buddahs, and darumas. And chopstick stands. Oh, and matchbooks. And ticket stubs. And prints/pictures of Fuji-san. LOL I couldn't decide which one to collect, so I just collect them all!

Dollars to Yen said...

Those coins look neat!

Alisa said...

HAHA!
You r to funny!
I would love to 'collect' more, but my hubby is a bit of a minimalist! ;-)

And, i wish i could post photo's of the coins... but our 1st & last names are on the coin. :(
They are quite neat!