One of the fun things about Tokyo is that combination of modern and traditional that you find merged in quite a bit of harmony. Take for instance Shinjuku [新宿]. When one thinks of Shinjuku, one imagines skyscrapers and neon lights, but just a few minutes away, you find Hanazono Jinja [花園神社]:
Five minutes away from the station there is Shinjuku Gyoen [新宿御苑], which is huge, and holds small wonders like this, Kyūgoryōtei [旧御涼亭], or Taiwan Pavillion (Taiwan Kaku [台湾閣]):
Of course, there are lots of skyscrapers in the Skyscraper District:
There is also this sculpture:
And yet another shrine, Shinjuku Juniso Kumano Jinja [新宿十二社 熊野神社]:
After Shinjuku I went to Ōji [王子] to see the Ōji Inari Jinja [王子稲荷神社].
And just the Ōji Jinja [王子神社]:
Then I headed to Ikebukuro [池袋] where we had a reservation at Swallowtail for 80 minutes of indulgence, and hell did we enjoy it XD”””