04-15-2007, 12:20 AM
This is the Kaminarimon "Thunder Gate" in Asakusa (part of Tokyo) past this gate is a market place and a Buddhist temple.
This is the actual temple.
This is the shrines Pagoda tower.
The following day, we went to Yokohama. Part of that day was spent checking out Yokohama's China town. This is one of Chinatowns Gates. I think this one is called Zenrin-Mon Gate.
Here is Temple in Yokohama Chinatown.
And here we have the world famous Landmark area of Yokohama along the harbor. That ferris wheel makes the Texas State Fair ferris wheel look puny. Rides are about a half hour long. The gondolas are supposedly very nice and have glass windows instead of the cage we would see at the TSF. Unfortunately we were heading home at the time and didn't get a chance to ride it.
This is the Landmark Tower. I remember flying over this tower on a regular basis as it was being built back in 1992. By the time my tour ended in 1993, the tower was finished. The bottom floors hold a shopping mall. The middle floors are condos and the upper floors are all luxury hotel suites. Until a few days ago, the Landmark Tower was the highest building in Japan.