First Snowfall of 2006 in Tokyo

(Updated: June 14, 2013 with high resolution photos and new descriptions)

On January 22, 2006, I experienced the first snowfall in Tokyo and in 2006. Because of this, instead of staying indoors in the dormitory, my friends and I decided to go out and explore what Tokyo looked like in the snow.

Starting out from our Tokyo University of Foreign Studies dormitory in Arakawa-ku in Tokyo.

The main square in front of our dormitory.

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The dormitory buildings.

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The neighbourhood around the dormitory.

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The Sumida River just north of the dormitory.

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The Toden streetcar line in the snow.

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After exploring the neighbourhood near our dormitory, we decided to head off to Shinjuku (because it was covered under our student commuter train pass) to see if we could see any good sights from the skyscrapers.

Heading towards the JR Tabata station.

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My friend Jon in front of a Prime Minister Koizumi election poster.

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Taking the train to Shinjuku.

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In Shinjuku, it was awfully quiet.

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We headed into one of the skyscrapers in Shinjuku where it was possible to go to a higher level to try to see if we could get a view of the city in the snow.

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Unfortunately, we did not expect it to be so cloudy and foggy when snowing, so we could not get a clear view of anything.

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Looking down at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

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Next, we went to the base of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

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The Southern Terrace area near Shinjuku station.

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Afterwards, we thought that it wasn't such a good idea to go to Shinjuku during the snow. After talking to other classmates, they said that it was much nicer in the Imperial Palace area. That's where we should have gone!

3 comments:

kinkinsoba said...

Wow that's sweet, unlike Vancouver that is always raining. Doesn't look like there is space for any good snowball fights though.

Anonymous said...

The place actually looks somewhat deserted! Did you take those pictures during early morning or something?

DaYvid

en said...

Yes I took those pictures in the morning.

Here on Sunday, almost all shops in the neighbourhood are closed (the small shops) and its really quiet.