A three hour break in Tokyo probably sounds better than it actually is.
Although I certainly appreciate it when students cancel and I have an extended lunch break, the fact of the matter is that I rarely make the most of that time. I often spend it reading a book or writing
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Today was one such case as I had cancellations just before and just after my lunch break, giving me a whopping three hours to kill. Unfortunately for me I was working in Jiyugaoka which, although it’s a nice place, doesn’t really have a great deal to see or do.
After a few minutes spent Googling “Things to do in Jiyugaoka” and getting very little, I stumbled upon a mention of La Vita – Tokyo’s very own ‘Mini Venice’. With Jiyugaoka being such a small area there wasn’t much danger of a long trek to get there, and within 10 minutes of actually hearing about the place I was there!
Now when people refer to La Vita as Mini Venice they certainly aren’t lying. It’s essentially a tiny outdoor shopping complex, although when I visited there didn’t seem to be much shopping going on as there were just a few people sitting around and a couple taking pictures.
Apparently there are a few salons and a yoga studio knocking about too, if that takes your fancy. Seeing as I have no hair and it’s far too hot for yoga today, neither of these were of much interest to me.
Truth be told, I didn’t spend much more than a few minutes here; I probably spent longer walking from my school to La Vita than I actually did there! Still, it was a good way to kill half an hour and
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Long story short: not bad if you’ve got time to kill in the area, but don’t go out of your way!
To read about the real Venice, check out these posts:
- Eating Out at Venice’s ‘Best Kept Secret’
- Venice by Boat (Is There Any Other Way?)
- A Gondola Ride Through Venice
- In Pictures: Venice