Carrot Tower

Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

Carrot Tower is a skyscraper with an observation deck on the 26th floor.

Inside Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

Inside Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

The other floors in Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

The other floors in Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

In the 26th floor lobby. Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

In the 26th floor lobby. Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

View from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

View from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

Another view from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

Another view from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

And another view from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

And another view from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

One last view from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

One last view from the observation deck of Carrot Tower. Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to the observation deck, there’s also a (slightly overpriced) cafĂ© on the 26th floor.

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Setagaya: a posh neighborhood in Tokyo

Setagaya is the lovely area where Ceddy and I stayed for our weekend in Tokyo. It’s an upscale neighborhood with some of the most expensive real estate in Tokyo. We rented our host’s apartment through AirBnB. If you haven’t used AirBnB, you should. It’s cheaper than renting a hotel and you get tips from a local host for places to eat and sightsee that aren’t the usual tourist traps. We rented a whole apartment, but you can rent a room in a host’s place, as well.

Though it isn’t known for its shopping malls, there were still plenty of stores in Setagaya.

Storefronts. Tokyo, Japan.

Storefronts. Tokyo, Japan.

Most people rode bikes or walked and took the metro.

Bike parking lot. Tokyo, Japan.

Bike parking lot. Tokyo, Japan.

The apartment we rented was a ten minute walk from the Sangenjaya metro station.

Fountain outside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

Fountain outside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

It was really easy to get around the city using the metro since everything was translated in English.

Helpful metro signs, if you don't read Japanese. Tokyo, Japan.

Helpful metro signs, if you don’t read Japanese. Tokyo, Japan.

Unlike Atlanta’s MARTA trains which arrive every 15 to 20 minutes, Tokyo’s metro trains arrive every three to five minutes.

Inside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

Inside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

The platforms are always packed. (This is not the largest number of people that tried to cram into the same train.)

Crowd at the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

Crowd at the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

The signs with directions to landmarks were extremely helpful.

Signs to landmarks. Tokyo, Japan.

Signs to landmarks. Tokyo, Japan.

I’ll be writing about Carrot Tower, one of Setagaya’s most famous landmarks, in my next post.