I spent the entire day walking in the Tokyo Station area. I'd never seen this side of the station before, I think:
|That's one stylish station.|
First, I stumbled upon a (new?) fountain park in the area:
Then over to the grounds around the imperial palace, which I last toured with my mother back in 2007. There's a lot of new construction in the area--something that will likely ramp up with the 2020 Olympics coming here.
Then I walked to a nearby park, bought a drink, and sat on a bench for a while. It was hotter than I'd expected...
During this point, I stopped at a nice-looking cafe inside one of the buildings for a quick bite to eat. (I'll be honest: entering random eateries is still something I'm not very comfortable with due to my lack of understanding of Japanese cuisine, so I waffled around in front of the cafe for a bit first.)
After returning to the area of Tokyo Station, I found a nice lookout point nearby.
I realized around this point that I hadn't seen the new Sky Tree yet all day. (How could I miss that?) So, in the spirit of being proactive, I asked a nearby gentleman in which direction it was located and he proceeded to tell me not only that (of course, it was being blocked by some buildings) but also the buildings, in some detail, from which I could get the best views of it. It was quite kind of him. Some day soon, I should go check out that view.
After this, I headed home and conked out way too early.
There are still a lot of little things and minor interactions that I'm skipping over that colored the experience too, but the point is that it was a great first day back. It felt good to jump right in there.