So we decided to join the other several thousand Tokyoites and venture out.
Meiji Jingu is an extraordinary park/garden/shrine in Harajuku/Shibuya. When the shrine was built in the early 1900s, 100,000 thousand trees were donated from all over the world to create this natural setting in the center of Tokyo.
A good web site for more information is http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/.
There were lots of people but it is such a large site that we never felt crowded. The shrine commemorates Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The Chrysanthemum Festival was just ending so there were still displays to see -
This one was a miniature village with chrysanthemums used to depict trees.
And many families were there with the children dressed in traditional garb. Very "kawaii" :-)