2017 Japan Tokyo Shibuya Crossing at Night | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

06 | Tokyo | Shibuya Crossing

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We arrived at the world famous Shibuya crossing, locked our bikes and (thanks to a top secret info) immediately went upstairs to see it from above. I’m not going to disclose it here, but if you’re interested you can of course ask me how to get up there. Looking down at the not-so-busy crossing, I realized that I had just made a childhood dream come true. Ever since seeing a picture of this intersection for the first time, I wanted to go there and see it with my own eyes. Tired eyes at this time of the night, but very happy ones. 🙂

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2017 Japan Tokyo Tower at Night | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

05 | Tokyo Tower

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Aimed with a snack and a plain but very tasty rice ball, we made our way to the Tokyo Tower but didn’t go up to the viewing platform. Instead we opted to go and see the famous Shibuya crossing at night. On our way to Shibuya we found several food trucks, but postponed it to another day and cycled on.

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2017 Japan Tokyo World Trade Center Happy Window | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

04 | Tokyo | World Trade Center

Flag JapanWorld Trade Center, Tokyo Tower and the Skyline at night

The Ginza Parade left us hungry and we went to find something to eat. Japan is a perfect country to be hungry, because most corner shops also offer a variety of delicious hot food at very affordable prices. We sat on a bench and thought the yellow mini-skyscraper across the street looked like half a dozen European garages stacked on top of each other and wondered where the staircase might be hidden. Real estate sure is in short supply here and therefore the Japanese even stack parked bicycles in a clever and efficient way to save space.

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2017 Japan Tokyo Ginza Parade | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

03 | Tokyo | Ginza Parade

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Driving from the Tokyo Station towards the shopping district Ginza, we saw a huge crowd and wondered what was going on. The timing couldn’t have been better, as the opening ceremony of the 2017 Ginza Parade was just about to begin.

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2017 Japan Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens | travel phootgraphy by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

02 | Tokyo | Imperial Palace East Gardens

Flag JapanImperial Palace East Gardens

Upon arriving at the Imperial Palace East Gardens, we tried to park our bicycles but one of the guards told us that it is unfortunately illegal to park bicycles at the garden perimeters. Well then, we improvised and stored them in an underground parking across the street. Back at the Hirakawa Gate we smiled at the guard and he let us in after we paid the entrance fee. We thanked him and went to explore the Imperial Gardens.

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2017 Japan Tokyo Chiyoda Hie Shrine | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

01 | Tokyo | Hie Shrine

Flag JapanThe Hie Shrine in Chiyoda

After a healthy breakfast in a typical Japanese corner restaurant, we hired bicycles at a hotel nearby and set off to explore the megacity Tokyo. The friendly and very courteous staff gave us a map with the hire stations and marked the point where we started, so we could find our way back later on. As on most of our travels, we didn’t bring a tourist book to follow. Instead, we love to explore and decide at every intersection by gut feeling whether to go left, right or straight.

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Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands Sunrise

Sleeping in the desert is special. It is so quiet at night that you can hear airplanes that are flying at altitudes up to 18.000 ft. The alarm clock woke us up about an hour before sunrise in our bedouin tent and we put on all the sweaters and jackets we had.

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Wahiba Sands Desert Wonders Camp Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands, Desert Wonders Camp

The drive from Ras al Jinz on New Years Day was relaxing and rather uneventful. Many people argue that driving through the desert is dull and boring – and that they would rather fly. To me, it’s the other way around. Every time I fly over a desert, I keep thinking I’d rather be down there driving…

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Oman | Sur, Ras al Hadd, Ras al Jinz

Oman FlagOnce again, we had an early breakfast at the hotel and headed out to explore the natural harbor of Sur with it’s famous Dhow wharfs and the beautiful lighthouse. Unfortunately, the Sur Dhow Museum was closed for renovations and we had to peek over the walls of a wharf nearby. It was quite interesting to see the ships being build with ancient tools and materials.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Al Bustan Palace, Shangri-La, Bimmah Sinkhole, Wadi Shab

Oman FlagAfter getting up early we left Al Wadi Al Kabir and drove over the mountain to see the famous Al Bustan Palace. The roundabout is amazing, with a pool in the middle sporting a full-size Dhow. The water fountains are arranged cleverly in a way to resemble the bow wave of the ship. The driveway to the Al Bustan Palace Hotel is lined with trees and makes you forget that you are in a barren landscape. We didn’t manage to get into the (supposedly awesome) seaside garden of the hotel, but made up for that at the Shangri-La Resort, a couple of kilometers away.

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