Japan ~ The Land of Rising Sun ( Tokyo Part 2)

 



Chuo



 

  • Tsukiji Market

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Location: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

While some say better to go there as early as 4 in the morning to see tuna auctions and bidding, we went there around 6 in the morning not only check out the place but also make UA’s longtime dream coming true, eat sashimi fresh from this place.

Tip: Tsukiji market is near Hamarikyu Garden

 

  • Restaurants inside Tsukiji Market

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Cost: ‎¥ 2500 Sashimi bowl

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Tip: If you are not a fan of eating sashimi or uncooked seafood early in the morning, there are a lot of coffee shops inside the market or convenient stores selling sandwiches surrounding the market area

 

  • Tsukiji Hongan – ji

Location: 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-8435, Japan

 




Chiyoda



  • Kanda

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Location: 2 Chome Kajicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Though the house of our host, Charles, was about 5 – 10 minutes on foot near the station, it was not only convenient but also quiet. It had small restaurants and convenient stores that open 24 hours around. This is also great if you want to reach Akihabara on foot for about 15 to 20 minutes.

 

  • 焼肉laon-ラオン

Location: 鍛冶町2-9-17 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Cost:  ‎¥ 4000 

We saw this restaurant still opened around 1 in the morning. The place was small but very clean and the funny thing was their music were mostly OPM ( Original Pinoy Music). The service was also nice though the food was quite small and expensive compared to the yakiniku we had at Osaka. We met a very friendly woman who works there who hardly speaks English and gave us free freebies for our phone.

 

  • Akihabara

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From different watches to gadgets to weird coffee shops. This is THE PLACE for shopping addicts.

Tip: Always bring your passport with you. Some shops ( especially Don Quijote) will give 8 percent discount for every  ‎¥ 5,000 purchased goods.

 

  • Food

 

Cost:  ‎¥ 400 – ramen + 2 free plates of noodles

¥ 50 – bowl of rice

Ramen house is all over Akihabara too. Forgot the name of this place but just remember the motto, ” If it has a lot of people queuing then the food is good”.


 



Taitō ( Asakusa)



 

  • Shin Nakamise Street

It is next to the exit of the train station. There were different stores selling a variety of Japanese products and food

 

  • Kaminarimon ( Kaminari Gate)

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A few meters from Shin Nakamise Street, this place is just next to the street. It was pack with locals as we passed by going to a nearby coffee shop to meet our friends. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to visit this temple. That day was the celebration of Tori-no-ichi.




Sumida



 

  • Tokyo Skytree

Location:  1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

A train ride from Asakusa. We wanted to go all the way up the tower but the weather forecast said it was foggy that night.

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  • Tokyo Solomachi

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Location of the place is right next to the Tokyo Skytree. This building is huge with different souvenir stores ( where we had our Japan bracelet made)…

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¥ 600 – handmade bracelet – white leather with red stone for me ( bottom) and ¥ 700 maroon and white with gold accessory for Ahku ( third from the bottom)

 

 … and different restaurants that sell Japanese and European food

 

Found a restaurant inside the mall that was not that expensive. Cost of our meal was ¥ 2000




Narita



 

Tip: If your flight got delayed or canceled, visit Narita. It would only cost less than ¥ 250 train ride from the airport

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  • Bakery and Cafe

French inspired bake shop that opened late at night. An old woman who does not speak English greeted us. Most of her bread were freshly cooked from the oven and was very delicious.

Cost: less than ¥ 100

 

  • Local Bar

We saw this one while we were walking down the street, a few meters from the french bakery. An old Japanese man invited us in while we were looking at the place. We sat down, ordered some barbecue, watched sumo wrestling live on TV and cheered with the old drunk men who seemed friends with the owner. They tried to explain the game but we hardly understood them because they all speak Japanese.

Cost:  ¥ 12pork and chicken on a stick

  • Sake and more wines

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You won’t miss this wine store. A few meters from Dining Deco restaurant that sells a variety of wine and sake at a cheap price.

Cost: ¥ 100 – ¥ 3,000 ( depending on the size and quality )

 

  • Dining Deco

Location: 535-3 Hanazakicho, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 286-0033, Japan

Cost: ¥ 1500 ( pizza + burger and drinks)


 


 

 

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