October 22, 2016 – Day 4 (Tsukiji Fish Market, Ameya Yokocho, Ueno Park, Senso-ji Temple, Ryogoku Kokukigan, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Kabukicho, and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building)
I left Todoroki for Tsukiji Fish Market at around 8:00 a.m. Upon reaching Todoroki, I got my morning coffee, a cafe latte, from the Starbucks near the Tsukiji train station (Hibiya line):
When I was done with my latte, I made my way to the well-known Tsukiji Fish Market. Tsukiji Fish Market is not known only for its early morning fish auctions, but also for the restaurants/food stalls surrounding the market that sell fresh seafood.
I got a little lost looking for the market, and spent around 30 minutes walking aimlessly until I found it. On the way, I saw this museum but I didn’t go inside:
Honestly, I didn’t know that it was a museum until I saw it in a YouTube video that I watched a few weeks ago. LOL.
Anyway, I eventually found the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market:
I haven’t eaten breakfast that morning yet, so I decided to buy and eat this scrambled egg popsicle:
The scrambled egg was really yummy and buttery, and that ginger (I think it’s ginger but I’m not really sure) topping gave it a good flavor kick.
I walked around and experienced the sights and sounds of the Tsukiji Fish Market. I took these photos:
I found this stall that sold grilled seafood so I tried one:
I decided to walk around some more until around 11:00 a.m. I got hungry and I saw this restaurant:
They had omakase, and I wanted to try it out:
Look at this fresh and amazing seafood selection!
At 3,600 JPY, this was the most expensive thing that I ate during my Tokyo Trip. But it was well worth it! I was given these three sets of sushi:
I would dare say there is no better sushi in the world than that you can buy in Tsukiji Fish Market. The seafood is so fresh that the salmon and fatty tuna literally melt in your mouth. The rice is warm and slightly sour (but just the right amount). Follow these steps: (1) Take the sushi; (2) Dip it in soy sauce (Don’t shake the soy sauce off! It’s bad manners!); (3) Eat the sushi; (4) Have a piece of the ginger to cleanse your palate; and (5) Repeat.
Before going to Ameya Yokocho, I first went inside a building that sold different kinds of toys. I bought some toys for my nephews-in-law, and a Gundam patch for my brother-in-law (I was supposed to get a Tokyo Marui patch but since they had none, I ended up buying a military-looking Gundam patch). Inside the store, these items caught my eye:
After buying my pasalubong, I went to Ameya Yokocho to walk around and experience the sights and sounds:
I think that Ameya Yokocho is Ueno’s equivalent of Divisoria, Manila in the Philippines. Here you could get shoes, clothes, and other items, although I’m not sure if you can get them for a bargain.
I then saw a Gindako food stall that sold takoyaki:
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack made out of batter, diced octopus, and vegetables. It is topped with mayonnaise, Gindako’s special sauce, and some dried bonito. I bought the takoyaki combo with orange juice:
After my takoyaki fix, I went to Ueno Park to see the sights there:
Unfortunately, I forgot to take other pictures. Inside Ueno Park, I got to watch buskers doing different things like playing musical instruments, dancing, and doing magic tricks. I also got to see the Shinobazu lotus pond and the shrine to Benzaiten.
A photo of the gate to the temple:
Here are the photos I took of Nakamise-dori and inside and around the shrine:
The architecture, aside from being astonishingly massive, really takes you back in time. There are also traditional items sold in Nakamise-dori like fans, wooden slippers, and kimonos, which add to the historical vibe of the place. By the way, I bought this wafer and ice cream sandwich in Nakamise-dori to eat:
After visiting the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, I went to Sumida to see the Ryogoku Kokukigan and the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
Ryogoku Kokukigan is a sumo wrestling arena that can be found in the Sumida Area. From there, you could walk to the Edo-Tokyo Museum, which is a museum of the history of Tokyo during the Edo period. Unfortunately, when I got to these two (2) places, both were already closed.
As it was already dinnertime, I looked for food until I found this Matsuya fastfood joint:
I got the large Grilled Beef Set Meal for 890 JPY:
Dinner is served! That’s grilled beef, coleslaw, rice, miso soup, and a vegetable side dish.
It was already around 7:00 p.m. so I decided to go to two (2) more places in Shinjuku: (1) Kabukicho; and (2) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Kabukicho is a entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, location to many host and hostess clubs, love hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. The participants to the seminar, including myself, were advised by the employees of the seminar sponsor against taking photos in Kabukicho so I just took this photo of the place nearby:
For my last stop, I went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building made up of various government offices. There is an observation deck on the 45th floor from where you can see the Tokyo skyline, which you can enter for free. So I lined up to go to the observation deck:
When I got to the observation deck, the sights really impressed me. Too bad the photos I took don’t do the sights justice:
Inside the observation deck, there is a restaurant and small boutiques like this one where you can buy various souvenir items and other stuff:
After visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, I headed back to my dormitory. Before I went to sleep, I planned the following day and the places I would visit, starting with Odaiba.
To be continued.