Considering how rainy it had been the day we went to Disneyland, it was amazing how sunny the next day was! We stayed close to home for the most part. As we were staying in Homeikan Japanese Inn (Ryokan). I’m OK giving it a shout out, even though they stay was kind of disappointing (didn’t get the garden views they advertised for a start). Anyway, Homeikan right next to Tokyo University so it is a short walk or one subway stop to Ueno Park, which is beautiful.
We strolled from Ueno subway station around the outside of the lake to the shrine in the center. It was surrounded by some interesting and delicious looking food stalls. There was also a place where the two main lakes joined. These crazy fishes were slithering across the concrete barrier from one lake to the other. The were all slapping the water as though they were talking to each other. I wonder which fish decided to go over first… because they had to find out there was a second lake somehow!
Half way around the lake we discovered a smaller lake with paddle and row boats! Naturally we took one out and Tiernan rowed me about for an hour. It was hilarious and nice. The cherry blossoms were falling from the trees and parts of the lake were covered in fallen blossoms. It was also utter chaos because there were so many people out boating in such a small spaces!
When we were done rowing we decided to visit the Ueno Zoo. It is Japan’s oldest zoo and is split into two parts which are joined by a monorail and bridge. Some of the areas are still looking tired, but Ueno Zoo is undertaking a series of renovations to making the enclosures closer to the animals real habitats. That’s something I can really appreciate. Many of the animals we visited while charging around looked happy – and that’s the main thing.
It was great to see some animals I had not seen in person before. Particularly the Pandas! Kawaii!
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