[ Tokyo ] Kyobashi & Tokyo Kitte

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From the Former Postmaster Office.Have not been to Tokyo just for travel for a long time. Was in Tokyo this time for a friend’s wedding. Haven’t really travelled for leisure on my own for some time (mainly for work). Was super excited. After I dropped my luggage at the hotel, I went out to take in some fresh air. It was colder in Tokyo than in Taipei. Just the right temperature to keep heads cool. Headed towards the Kitte near the Tokyo Station. Wasn’t…

…expecting much but was surprised by what I saw.

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Took the EVA flight from Taipei Songshan to Tokyo Haneda & So it happened that it was a Hello Kitty flight! The pillows, the boarding pass, the napkin, the utensils, the ice-cream, etc.etc… Would be something that would make Hello Kitty fans happy. Not so much of a Hello Kitty fan but finally got to see the “legendary” Hello Kitty plane.

 

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Booked the accommodation at APA Hotel Ginza Kyobashi. It’s between the Kyobashi and Takaracho metro station. Pretty convenient location.
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Because I flew in from Haneda, so I wanted to find a place that I can reach on a direct line from Haneda. From the metro/train station in the Haneda airport, I could take a train that connects and goes directly on the Asakusa line and stops along the Asakusa line. DIdn’t have to change trains. & If I took the train with minimal stops, it’s only about 8 stations away from the airport. Then from the Takaracho station exit 3, It’s only like a block’s walking distance.
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But becuase I just booked a tiny room (was going to go there alone initially.. so didn’t think I needed to book a big room), the space was super tight!
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Exiting from the hotel, if we turn left, we’d reach the big street where the Kyobashi metro station is. If you turn left on the street, you could also reach the famous sterets with the big brand names of Ginza in a few blocks. I was out to explore as soon as I left my luggage at the hotel ( arrived around noon; still had no room). The monumental building stood there on the street was like a modern city’s “forest” – provides a breath of fresh air both visually and biologically I suppose.  The trees were decorated with xmas lights and looked amazing at night.

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The underground complex around the Tokyo station is like a mega maze for visitors.
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Across the street from the old Tokyo Train Station was the Kitte complex. The building of Kitte was once a postoffice. The new building incorporated parts of the original 1933 postoffice structure.
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There’s a rooftop garden on the 6th floor of the Kitte building. Access is free of charge and you get to see the city from a differenet angle in a refreshing way.
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Other than stores and restaurants, there’s also a very nice museum in the Kitte – The JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque. The museum is free of charge but you can’t take photos of the impressive display in there.The way things are displayed in the museum is an eye-opener. It’s just like the Natural History Museum of London but classy in a different way.

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In March 2013, the old Tokyo Central Post Office was reborn as the JP Tower. This large-scale project was undertaken in order to improve the disaster prevention and urban functions to suit the needs of the current times and its location. In addition, it addresses the issues of safety and environmental impact, as well as combining a number of civic functions such as the formation of a good urban landscape, and delivery of information about the city and culture. The new JP Tower is receiving a large number of visitors.

The major feature of this JP Tower is its museum of academic culture, the Intermediatheque, (referred to below as IMT). In planning the IMT, we launched an academic-industry collaborative project with the University of Tokyo, and the University Museum, the University of Tokyo provided us with the very best results of their research.

In addition to exhibits of valuable scientific specimens from the University of Tokyo collection, the IMT hosts workshops and seminars that are open to the general public and widely attended. These are activities that befit its role as a cultural center of the Marunouchi district.

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