12 Dec Second Time Stop by to Tokyo
On my 1st go to to Tokyo I visited tourist sights such as Shibuya Crossing, Ginza and Asakusa, which is household to the well-known Sensō-ji temple. I got to discover Asakusa on a rickshaw and even had a go at some Samurai training…which I wasn’t quite excellent at! This time having said that I got to discover a unique side of Tokyo a side that vacationers could possibly not see all so usually. It wasn’t a lengthy time in Tokyo, just 24 hours ahead of flying to Kagoshima, but it was sufficient to get a taste of the actual Tokyo. Here’s what we got up to:
Toden Arakawa Line
1st we got to expertise locations along the Toden Arakawa line, which is a hybrid light rail/tram line, and the sole survivor of Tokyo’s when-in depth Tokyo Toden streetcar technique. We walked about Sugamo, a purchasing district that is well-liked with the elderly, and is affectionately recognized as the “Old Ladies’ Harajuku” (Harajuku being a single of Japan’s most youthful purchasing and style destinations).
We sampled some neighborhood sweets produced of sweet potato and visited the Koganji Temple, which is household to the Togenuki Jizo statue. The statue is mentioned to remedy ailments, so persons line up to wash it with hand towels and press them to their ailing physique components.
Subsequent up we stopped for lunch at Yatsumeya Nishimura restaurant, which has been serving eel (unagi) considering the fact that 1960. It was my 1st time attempting eel but it was quite tasty and I’m told it is quite nutritious. The restaurant grills it more than Japanese charcoal, referred to as kishu-bincho.
Joyful Minowa Buying Street
Subsequent up we visited Joyful Minowa Buying Street – a pedestrian street with shops and stalls. Given that it was a quite cold day we decided to quit and warm up with a hot chocolate, served by the beautiful Papa Noel. His coffee shop is little, with just a bar and a couple of stools at the back of the shop for buyers to sit down and have a drink. He ready the hot chocolate in front of us, telling us about his efforts to find out English, and speaking about his visits to New York. These are the moments of travel I most appreciate – speaking with locals and relaxing in neighborhood hole-in-the-wall locations.
Sumida Hokusai Museum
From there, we stopped at Sumida Hokusai Museum, which a museum dedicated to artist Katsushika Hokusai, who created effectively-recognized performs such as The Terrific Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji, which are prints from his collection, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. Higher-high quality replicas are on show in the permanent gallery and you can find out about Hokusai’s life and perform.
To finish off the day we took the Sky Bus to Aqua City Odaiba, taking in sights such as Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower along the way. The views have been attractive, even if it was freezing sitting on an open-leading bus in autumn! (Unquestionably bring gloves and a hat and wrap up warm if you are not undertaking this for the duration of summer season).
For dinner we ate at Tsukiji Sushiko, exactly where we ordered lots and lots of nigiri and sushi rolls. My favored!
I nonetheless really feel like I have but to truly uncover Tokyo, so hopefully subsequent time I will truly get to grips with the city. It is a sprawling spot with so lots of unique places and points to do that you truly require a couple of days right here, but if you want to see one thing a bit unique, surely verify out some of the locations on this itinerary.